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Nursing undergraduates are using Community Champions as a vehicle for promoting healthy lifestyles. The program has 12 diverse initiatives that engages with various aspects within the Philadelphia community.


Dance for Health at Sayre 
Brings the community together for free line dancing classes, led by Selena Williams. All members of the West Philadelphia community can participate - from young children to older adults. Penn nursing and medical students mentor local high school students on health monitoring, and together they track the progress of the dancing participants. Through this data collection process, students analyze how the dancing affects heart rate, weight, etc. and ultimately how it impacts health.
Dance for Health at West

Is a community program established at Henry C. Lea Elementary School with the purpose of increasing physical activity among schoolchildren through dance. Physical activity is measured by pedometers, and the nursing students track the numbers along with heart rate, weight, and height of the elementary students. Through the program, children learn to stay active while having fun.

Dance for Health at LIFE

Dance for Health at Living Independently for the Elderly (LIFE) is a weekly 45-minute, low intensity chair aerobics class for older adults of the community. All of our dance moves are done to music and can be done while seated. We are currently collecting data and survey responses to analyze mental health and exercise in the geriatric population.

Dance for Health at Common Place

Dance for Health at the Common Place is the newest expansion of the DFH program. Our members team up with medical school students to promote healthy living through these intergenerational line dancing classes.

Dance for Health at Ralston House

Dance for Health at the Ralston House provides elders the opportunity to dance to improve their physical and mental health. Nutritious food is supplied, and health measures such as pedometer steps and heart rates are recorded once a week.

 Comegys Health Sciences Program
A team of medical and nursing students created an after-school program for 6th-8th graders at Comegys. which allows students to explore in depth sciences of different health topics  (diabetes, nutrition, exercise physiology, acne & hygiene, and asthma), as well as learn to become mentors/leaders on health  topics.
Baby Transitions Program

This program collaborates with ICN RNs at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Community Champions members help nurses co-teach a parenting course that focuses on safe transitions home with topics such as car seat safety and safe sleep.

 Library Partnership
 The Library Partnership is designed to promote health to the greater Philadelphia community (youth to the elderly). This is done by organizing and running health lessons in local libraries. Penn nursing students create lesson plans and educate the community through presentations and interactive programs.

Puentes de Salud: Early Childhood Program

The Early Childhood Program at Puentes works with children ages 3-4 in partnership with the Barnes Foundation to help support these bilingual learners to develop strong foundations for life-long literacy. This program will use art as a launching point to amplify their bilingual vocabulary and to foster critical thinking skills.

Puentes de Salud: Tutoring Program
Is an organization that aims to provide high-quality health care, community building, and educational programs (tutoring and mentorships) to the growing Latino population in South Philadelphia. This initiative also improves the community’s wellness and health. Puentes Hacia el Futuro, which translates into Bridges Toward the Future, is the education  branch within the larger nonprofit organization and supports the idea that the key to improved health outcomes is education.
Puentes de Salud: Women’s Program

Following the recent expansion of Puentes to provide gynecologic and prenatal care to the community members, there is a need for education to enhance these new services. Through this program, Community Champions members lead education sessions in Spanish that focus on women’s health.

Breaking the Cycle

This initiative educates and promotes health to women who are transitioning back into society after incarceration. Students work with the organization Why Not Prosper to foster a supportive and educational environment.