Heather Klusaritz is the Associate Director of the Center for Community and Population Health in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health (DFMCH) at the Perelman School of Medicine (PSOM) at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Klusaritz is also the Director of Community Engagement for Penn’s Center for Public Health Initiatives (CPHI), core faculty in the MPH program, and a Lecturer at the School of Social Policy and Practice. Dr. Klusaritz is trained clinically as a medical social worker and been engaged in care delivery at University of Pennsylvania Health System for over 15 years. Dr. Klusaritz’s research focus is at the intersection between healthcare and policy, specifically access to health care for marginalized populations and the design of health systems to eliminate disparities in health access and outcomes. Dr. Klusaritz works collaboratively with multiple community partners throughout West Philadelphia to improve the health of underserved communities and is the co-founder of a program that connects patients to critical social welfare benefits, helps navigate health system access, and engages in medical-legal advocacy.
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