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 the second installment of The Penn Inter-Professional Forum to Address Social Determinants of Health three part series titled ‘Educating Health Professionals to Address the Social Determinants of Health - the Community Component,’ Penn Nursing’s Terri H. Lipman, PhD, CRNP, FAAN, Assistant Dean for Community Engagement, Miriam Stirl Endowed Term Professor of Nutrition, and Professor of Nursing of Children and Penn Dental’s Joan Gluch, PhD, RDH, PHDHP, Associate Dean for Academic Policies, Division Chief and Professor of Clinical Community Oral Health - and their community partners- shared how health professionals can better address social determinants of health through community engagement.
Held on February 28, the panel discussed that a reciprocal commitment between health professionals and community members/organizations is essential. This helps to establish equality, places the focus on the priorities of the community in addressing disparities, encourages continued outreach, and strengthens efforts to establish new collaborations with other professions, sectors, and populations.
This seminar series was funded by the Provost’s Excellence through Diversity Fund.