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. For more information on our engagement with the community, visit our heat map .
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 Elizabeth Wright Fund—which gave Penn Nursing its first student exchange program—has its roots in a time when post-operative hospital stays were longer, and when private duty nurses attended patients in the hospital as well as at home after discharge.
Emily Beisser and Rachel Ohrenschall–nursing interns for the Penn Futures program at Kensington Health Science Academy, Community Champions, and students in N354- Social Determinants of Health: Community Engagement Immersion–and their faculty advisor, Dr. Kate McDonald, have been working closely with KHSA students in KHSA’s Health Related Technologies (HRT) program.
Emily and Rachel have provided health education and developed a skills boot camp to prepare the HRT students for their certification exam. Penn Nursing undergraduate and graduate students were recruited to staff various boot camp skill stations that included obtaining blood pressure, measuring height and weight, hand washing, transferring patients, and donning personal protective equipment (PPE). The boot camp was evaluated very highly by the HRT students and their teachers.
Kudos to Rachel, Emily and the multiple Penn Nursing volunteers!