Community Service Inventory

The Community Engagement and Research (CEAR) Core of the Penn CTSA aims to facilitate community-based research and community engagement across the university. As a resource to faculty and staff, the CEAR Core has compiled an inventory of university centers, offices, organizations, and resources related to community engagement and community service.

EDUCATION
HEALTH CARE AND PROGRAMS
RESEARCH
STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS

EDUCATION

Penn Volunteers in Public Service (VIPS)

VIPS has been established to provide a vehicle for staff, faculty, alumni, and the West Philadelphia community to work together through community service activities and events. Further, Penn VIPS assists schools, community groups and non-profit organizations in achieving their goals of providing service to their constituents.
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Penn Medicine Community Activity Reporting E-nitiative (CAREs)

The university’s primary liaison with city, state, and federal governments, as well as with Penn’s many external constituencies and community organizations.
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Office of Government and Community Affairs

The university’s primary liaison with city, state, and federal governments, as well as with Penn’s many external constituencies and community organizations.
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Barbara and Edward Netter Center for Community Partnerships

Penn’s central administrative office for community partnership programs.
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Community Service Directory

The Community Service Directory is a guide with descriptions of the courses offered as part of Penn’s nationally recognized and academically based community service program. Further, the page has a searchable database that allows you to access information on the community service programs offered by Penn’s students, faculty and staff.
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Fox Leadership Program

The mission of the Robert A. Fox Leadership Program is to enrich the Penn undergraduate educational experience in ways to excite and equip students for present and future leadership roles in whatever realms of human excellence and endeavor may call them.
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Office of Equity and Access Programs (EAP)

EAP provides professional guidance to scholars of all ages and backgrounds. Their extensive array of services and programs is designed to help you succeed in your academic achievements.
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Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program

The Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program at the University of Pennsylvania trains leading physician graduates of U.S. residency training programs who have a strong commitment to improving health care in community settings. Penn clinical scholars will become highly capable health services researchers, able to develop research that is highly relevant to the broader community as well as translating research findings into action.
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HEALTH CARE AND PROGRAMS

Penn Medicine in the Community

Community events are listed and Penn Medicine employees & students are invited to browse upcoming community outreach opportunities and register for those that interest them.
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University City Hospitality Coalition

The University City Hospitality Coalition provides meals to vulnerable individuals in University City six days a week. More than just a soup kitchen, it also offers medical advice, vaccinations, screening tests, and medical referrals by physicians and medical students from Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.
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United Community Clinics (UCC)

UCC is a free health clinic coordinated by University of Pennsylvania students from the Schools of Medicine, Nursing, and Social Work. Located in a church in the East Parkside community of West Philadelphia, UCC draws upon the resources and expertise of this multi-disciplinary group of students in order to offer a wide range of services to the surrounding community. Their goal is to develop an understanding of the needs of the community, and respond to those needs by providing clinical assistance, education, referral and representation services.
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Transitions in Care

The Transitions in Care program works to ease the transition from hospital to home and reduce the need for readmission. Newly discharged older patients with a chronic disease, such as diabetes or heart failure, are assigned specially trained nurse practitioners who make regular home visits for up to three months. While recovering at home, patients receive the care they need to stay out of the hospital or the emergency room.
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Refugee Clinic at Penn Center for Primary Care

The Refugee Clinic is a partnership with HIAS (Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society) Pennsylvania, a local rescue, resettlement and assistance agency. Working through translation services, the clinic provides medical care to newly arrived refugees from such countries as Nepal, Eritrea, and Burma, who speak a variety of languages including Nepali, Tigrinya, Chin, and Kachin. Penn internal medicine residents work with attending physicians to carry out physical exams, administer immunizations and arrange for specialty care.
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Prevention Point Philadelphia (PPP)

PPP is a non-profit agency in the Kensington section of North Philadelphia. It is a multi-service public health organization committed to protecting the health and welfare of the homeless, the uninsured, individuals suffering from substance abuse, and sex industry workers.
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Penn Dental Medicine: Division of Community Oral Health

The School of Dental Medicine, through its Division of Community Oral Health, emphasizes local and global community health as a core competency and highlights the integration of oral health within general health care. The Division of Community Oral Health provides oral health education, screening, preventive and clinical dental services, and referrals in select West and Southwest Philadelphia schools and other community sites and provides supervised clinical experiences for students in community settings serving elderly and special needs patients.
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Home Visitation Program

The Home Visitation Program helps patients who have a difficult time getting to see physicians in office. Family medicine physicians, residents, social workers and pharmacists provide needed care each month to those requiring medical attention in their own homes.
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Healthy in Philadelphia (HIP)

HIP partners with the West Philadelphia community to meet the needs of society and to advance the translation of knowledge and evidence-based, culturally competent models of care in the areas of healthy lifestyles; transitions in health, illness, and end of life; and disparities in access to and provision of health care.
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Hall-Mercer Community Behavioral Health Center

Hall-Mercer Community Behavioral Health Center is committed to providing quality behavioral health care services to members of the community- in particular, vulnerable and under-served populations in Philadelphia.
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Guatemala Health Initiative (GHI)

Guatemala Health Initiative is an organization of students from the University of Pennsylvania working in partnership with communities in Guatemala. Since 2005, GHI has primarily worked with Hospitalito Atitlán to improve health in the Tz’utujil Maya town of Santiago Atitlán.
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Family Medicine: Residency Community Initiatives

Family Medicine residents at Penn Medicine participate in a longitudinal community medicine curriculum that utilizes didactic and service–based venues for resident training and community enhancement. The curriculum is based on a series of academic/community partnerships developed with the shared intent of improving the health of West Philadelphia while helping residents develop the necessary skills and knowledge base to be effective health advocates in clinical and community settings.
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Dr. Bernett L. Johnson Jr. Sayre Health Center

The Sayre Health Center provides clinical services to residents of the surrounding community, as well as educational opportunities for high school, undergraduate and graduate students.
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Children's Hospital of Philadelphia: Office of Government Affairs, Community Relations and Advocacy

The Office of Government Affairs, Community Relations and Advocacy works with departments throughout CHOP, as well as community-based organizations and government officials to assure the best care for the children and families served by the hospital.
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Community Asthma Prevention Program (CAPP)

CAPP has served children with asthma, their parents, and asthma caregivers, as well as working in many Philadelphia communities to offer free asthma education, home visits and training to school personnel and primary care providers.
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Bridging the Gaps (BTG)

BTG links the training of health and social service professionals with the provision of health-related services for under served and economically disadvantaged populations. BTG includes the Community Health Internship Program, the BTG Seminar Series, and the BTG Clinical Program.
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RESEARCH

Agatston Urban Nutrition Initiative

The Agatston Urban Nutrition Initiative (UNI) is a program of University of Pennsylvania’s Netter Center for Community Partnerships to address issues of poor nutrition and physical fitness in West Philadelphia.
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PolicyLab

PolicyLab partners with numerous stakeholders within the health care field to develop evidence-based solutions to the most challenging health-related issues affecting children. By informing program and policy changes through interdisciplinary research, PolicyLab aims to achieve optimal child health and well-being.
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Penn CTSA: Community Engagement and Research (CEAR) Core

The purpose of the Community Engagement and Research Core in the Penn CTSA is to facilitate community-based research and community engagement, especially community-based participatory research, and enhance the translation of research and technological developments to key public health and community stakeholders.

Penn Center for AIDS Research (CFAR)

CFAR has a community advisory board (CAB) that works to foster and maintain partnerships and open communication between Penn CFAR researchers and community members. The CAB also works to enhance HIV education, prevention, treatment and research activities reflecting both investigators’ interests and community needs.
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Office of Diversity and Community Outreach

The office’s mission is to help Penn Medicine become a more collegial, intellectually exciting, and supportive institution through the recruitment, retention and promotion of women and underrepresented minority faculty, housestaff and staff.
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Mixed Methods Research Lab

The goal of the Mixed Methods Research Lab is to foster the use of qualitative and mixed methods research methodologies with a focus on integrating key stakeholder perspectives and goals into research designs.
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Guidelines for Research in the Community

Provided as part of the Penn Book of resources, policies and procedures, the Guidelines are targeted to those who are engaged in research that involves the study of the Philadelphia community (West Philadelphia in particular) or involves community members as research subjects.
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Center for Public Health Initiatives (CPHI)

The CPHI is a university-wide center founded in 2007 by the Provost’s office. The CPHI promotes interdisciplinary research, education and practice in public health.
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Center for Mental Health Policy and Services Research (CMHPSR)

CMHPSR researches the organization, financing, and management structure of mental health care systems and the delivery of mental health services and provides consultation and technical support to those individuals and programs involved in implementing system change.
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Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics (CHIBE)

CHIBE provides an academic home for behavioral economic research that makes significant contributions to reducing the disease burden from major U.S. public health problems such as tobacco dependence, obesity, and medication non-adherence.
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Center for Health Behavior Research

The Center for Health Behavior Research is working to become an epicenter for fundamentals of behavioral research on the Penn campus by advancing the development, application and testing of health behavior measurement and theories in clinical and population-based research.
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STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS

Guatemala Health Initiative (GHI)

Guatemala Health Initiative is an organization of students from the University of Pennsylvania working in partnership with communities in Guatemala. Since 2005, GHI has primarily worked with Hospitalito Atitlán to improve health in the Tz’utujil Maya town of Santiago Atitlán.
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Students for Nutrition at Penn (SNaP)

SNaP strives to improve medical student awareness of and appreciation for the importance of nutrition in their own lives and the lives of their future patients. They aim to accomplish this goal through educational lectures on diverse topics ranging from practical counseling to theories of nutrition and disease.
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Community Health Initiatives at Penn (CHIP)

The purpose of CHIP is to promote health care in the local Philadelphia community through volunteer service in local clinics, financial support of healthcare non-profits and free clinics in West Philadelphia and abroad through fundraising events, and community outreach through participation in community health fairs and health events.
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Penn Fitness for Life

Fitness for Life is a non-profit, student-run community service organization at the University of Pennsylvania dedicated to fighting the dangers of a sedentary lifestyle. Its goal is to empower children and young adults to take control of their health and fitness level through physical activity and eating right.
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Penn Med Student Organizations

A directory of student organizations in the Perelman School of Medicine.
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Service Link at Sayre Health Center

As a school-based community health center, Sayre Health Center in West Philadelphia serves a high population of patients who are low-income and uninsured. Service Link strives to fill the gap between medical care and social services by using online tools to connect low-income patients with basic resources that they need to stay healthy, such as health insurance, food, housing, and heating assistance.
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