Community engagement isn’t just a form of service at Penn Nursing: it’s essential to who we are. Our research and clinical expertise benefit those who live and work around us. And our community, in turn, helps us truly understand what we seek to learn in the classroom, lab, and clinical setting.
Working with deeply engaged community partners, our outreach programs have touched hundreds of thousands of lives. We continue our efforts through programs like Healthy in Philadelphia, Living Independently for Elders (LIFE), and student-led initiatives as part of Community Champions. We also regularly offer community workshops and events that include health screenings and education, providing community members with information about nutrition and diet, breast cancer awareness, and sexual health.
Part of the curriculum
Penn recognizes that putting theory to practice not only drives home academic concepts, it opens the eyes of students to related, real-life, human issues. Our Academically Based Community Service courses help you turn your knowledge into civic leadership, and are offered at Nursing and across the University.
The heart of our work
At Penn Nursing, community engagement forms the backbone of how we communicate, translate, and apply nursing knowledge. For us, this is not only our mission but a heartfelt commitment to partner with our community to improve health and promote positive social change in communities around Philadelphia and the world.
In a truly interdisciplinary effort, Penn is working with the city of Philadelphia to increase physical activity in West Philadelphia through community and academic partnerships. What began as an assemblage of truths, including inactivity being a contributor to obesity and type 2 diabetes, and that by increasing activity, the risk of obesity, heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes decreases, resulted in an awareness through focus groups that youth and families are interested in sustainable and collaborative ways to improve physical activity and health.
With support from a grant and an all-star team, Taking Action to Increase Physical Activity: Community-Academic Partnerships was born.