Penn Nursing senior Alaina Hall is among the nine winners of the 2018 President’s Engagement and Innovation Prizes. Awarded annually, the President’s Engagement and Innovation Prizes provide $100,000 in funding for Penn seniors to design and undertake post-graduation projects that make a positive, lasting difference in the world.
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.
The Deans of the School of Nursing (Penn Nursing), the Graduate School of Education (GSE), and the School of Social Policy & Practice (SP2) are appointing two faculty leaders to the Penn Futures Project (PFP) in order to build upon and accelerate the successes of the program since its inception.
The 2018 Sayre Health Fair took place on April 14th at Sayre High School Field. Over 50 free community resources, carnival rides, dancing, health screenings, jazzy the clown, food and a ton of fun! Sayre Health Center is feels it’s the neighborhood family doctor’s office serving all ages- babies, children, adults, and seniors! Our nursing students attended to promote healthy living and wellness in their community.
Thank you to Sayre Health Center for coordinating, for Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services for providing mental health screening, HIV/AIDS screening from Attic Youth Center, diabetes screening from University of the Sciences.