Senior Lecturer

With a background providing nursing care to underserved communities and the homeless in Philadelphia, Sarah Goldfine-Ward has seen first-hand the health disparities that impact patients who live in impoverished neighborhoods with poor housing options, limited employment options, and food deserts.


Ms. Goldfine-Ward’s past experiences, as an adult nurse practitioner and a coordinator for projects to reduce health disparities at the Haddington Health Center in Philadelphia, help inform the undergraduate and graduate courses she teaches today at Penn Nursing. It is also why she serves as the Penn Nursing adviser for Penn’s Student Hotspotting team, a group of interprofessional students from nursing, medicine and social work who help identify patients who are high utilizers of emergency rooms and hospitals in their community. 


Penn’s Student Hotspotting team is one of 31 at 27 schools nationwide participating in the Interprofessional Student Hotspotting Learning Collaborative. Co-hosted by the Association of American Medical Colleges, the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers, and Primary Care Progress, the collaborative educates and supports Hotspotting teams as they connect with patients and learn about the root causes of high healthcare utilization. 

We help our students develop into really thoughtful nurses who put their patients first in a rapid-paced health care system.”


  • MSN, University of Pennsylvania , 2002
  • BSN, Thomas Jefferson University , 1998
  • BA, University of Pennsylvania , 1988