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Practice and Community

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Healthy in Philadelphia (HIP) »

Healthy in Philadelphia (HIP) represents a dynamic collection of outreach activities developed by Penn Nursing to improve the health of adults and children in West Philadelphia. Work at the Sayre School in West Philadelphia includes CityStep - a student-led research program using dance as a form of exercise to tackle obesity; faculty-led programs which introduce high school students to careers in healthcare; and the United Community Clinics, which assists local residents with their healthcare needs. Penn Nursing faculty and students often participate in community health fairs, throughout West Philadelphia and other communities, offering blood pressure screenings and disseminating information on nutrition and diet, breast cancer awareness, and sexual health.

“Our partnership with Sayre has opened the door to a strong relationship with residents of the community around Penn. It has allowed us to work with individuals, schools, and community groups to fight diabetes together.” - Dr. Terri Lipman, PhD, CRNP, FAAN

Living Independently for Elders (LIFE) »

Living Independently For Elders (LIFE) is modeled after the national Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) plan, and its mission is to advance a unique, interdisciplinary system of all-inclusive healthcare for frail seniors in West and Southwest Philadelphia, and qualified older residents of Yeadon, Lansdowne, Upper Darby, and Havertown in nearby Delaware County. Funded by Medicare and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's Department of Public Welfare, LIFE offers these seniors, faced with probable nursing home placement, the choice to instead remain in their community, live in their homes, and receive care in the LIFE center, located in West Philadelphia.

Penn Nursing Consultation Service (PNCS) »

The Penn Nursing Consultation Service (PNCS) represents a network of over 120 nurse consultants and associates from related professions, such as nutrition, social work, occupational therapy, and practice-related business/strategic planning. Begun in 1988 as the Gerontologic Nursing Service, PNCS has evolved to help advance the quality of life for persons of all ages by sharing the expertise of its national network of advanced practice consultants.