“Penn Nursing is focused on not just creating, but implementing, solutions,” says Penn Nursing Dean Antonia M. Villarruel. “The Community Partnership Program embeds Penn nurses into Philadelphia communities, particularly low resource and underserved communities. This provides us an opportunity to meaningfully engage and learn from communities—and hopefully, we can make a meaningful and immediate difference in peoples’ lives.”
The Community Partnership Program is intended to provide financial support to local nonprofit health clinics so that they can employ highly-qualified nurse practitioners (NP). Each NP will increase the partner clinics’ capacity to provide excellent care to their patients—but also precept Penn Nursing graduate students and serve as a liaison to Penn Nursing to integrate other learning. The program is a win for the community and a win for Penn Nursing students.