After a patient is discharged from the hospital for treatment of cardiovascular disease, cardiac rehabilitation (CR) is often prescribed because these programs are proven to reduce mortality and risk of hospital readmission. However, only 14 percent of patients who have had a heart attack and 31 percent of patients who underwent coronary artery bypass graft surgery attend CR post-hospitalization.
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.
Nuestros Caminos: A Conversation around Latinx Milestones at Penn and Their Impact on the Wider Community
On November 4th over Homecoming Weekend, the Association of Latino Alumni and La Casa Latina presented an afternoon conversation with Margaret Bond Simon Dean of Nursing Antonia Villarruel, GNu’82, and the 2017 President’s Engagement Prize Winners Yaneli Arizmendi, Nu’17, GNu’19, Alexa Salas, C’17, and Camilo Toro, C’17. The speakers discussed the positive trajectory of the Penn Latinx community, and spotlighted the President’s Engagement Prize project, Lanzando Líderes (or Launching Leaders), a community-based after-school program for Latino high school students in South Philadelphia, for which Dean Villarruel is serving as mentor.