Expedited Health Care Appointments for Faculty and Their Families

Call Penn Care Connects for Faculty: 267.758.4820

The Penn Care Connects Program

This program is for PSOM faculty, PSOM physicians, and their families is available at 267-758-4820. This program recognizes that PSOM faculty and physicians with busy schedules access the health care system in haphazard ways. For minor illnesses, they often treat themselves. For major illnesses, they often find care through informal social networks. The latter requires an understanding of how to navigate the system, which is becoming increasingly complex.

Program Goal

The goal of the Penn Care Connects for Faculty program is to provide seamless navigation and scheduling of care at Penn Medicine and CHOP for our faculty and families.

Background

The Penn Care Connects for Faculty initiative was identified in last year’s Faculty Wellness Campaign. This program recognizes that PSOM faculty and physicians with busy schedules access the health care system in haphazard ways. For minor illnesses, they often treat themselves. For major illnesses, they often find care through informal social networks. The latter requires an understanding of how to navigate the system, which is becoming increasingly complex. The goal of the Penn Care Connects for Faculty program is to provide seamless navigation and scheduling of care at Penn Medicine for our faculty and families. It was launched as the Clinical Navigator Program for Faculty in March of 2017. Since that time, we have received 72 calls and found our biggest demand to be primary care followed by an array of specialty needs including CHOP based care.

Health Advocate

Health Advocate can help you and your family navigate the complex waters of the healthcare system, saving you time, money and worry. All benefits-eligible faculty and staff can use this service, whether you’re covered under Penn’s health benefits or not. Simply pick up the phone and call Health Advocate at 1-866-799-2329 (toll-free). Trained Personal Health Advocates will work with you one-on-one to find the solutions you need. They’ll help you sort out billing concerns, get approval for covered services, locate the right treatment facilities, and coordinate health care for your elderly parents and more.

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Emotional Health

Are you interested in increasing your mindfulness? The Penn Program for Mindfulness provides powerful tools for coping and personal growth. Combining modern cognitive science with ancient mindfulness techniques, the program teaches participants to change the way that they experience themselves and their world.

Action Collaborative on Clinician Well-Being and Resilience

This National Academy of Medicine initiative will provide the venue for a set of collaborative activities, grounded in evidence-based knowledge, to (1) assess and understand the underlying causes of clinician burnout and suicide, and (2) advance solutions that reverse the trends in clinician stress, burnout, and suicide. Activities of the collaborative will include working meetings among participating groups, public workshops, and stakeholder engagement activities. 

Center for Weight and Eating Disorders

Weight problems may result from a variety of factors, including genetics, a slow metabolism, illness, eating or exercise habits, and emotional distress. This center makes special efforts to customize programs to meet an individual's specific needs, and will assess the causes of the weight problem, determine its medical and psychological consequences, and then plan a program accordingly.

Employee Assistance Program

Penn's Employee Assistance Program (EAP) provides eligible faculty and staff and their immediate family members access to free, confidential, around-the-clock counseling and referral services for personal and professional life issues. EAP services are available by phone, online, and through face-to-face sessions.

Help for Addictions (Students) 

The mission of the Office of Alcohol and Other Drug Program Initiatives is to reduce harm related to alcohol and other drug use at the University of Pennsylvania.  Key efforts focus on education, prevention and confidential, non-judgmental brief interventions for both individual Penn students and student groups. In accordance with this mission, the office oversees policies, environmental management efforts and educational programs that encourage a safe and healthy campus environment for students.

The Penn Program for Mindfulness Calendar

Penn faculty and staff can reap the benefits of mindfulness through a free, four-week mindfulness skills course. To register for the next course, call the Employee Assistance Program at 1-888-321-4433. Additional mindfulness resources are available at the EAP website.

Penn's Quit Smoking Program

Penn's Quit Smoking program offers a variety of resources to help you become—and stay—nicotine free.

Physician Litigation Stress Resource Center

This online center provides support and resources for physicians who are experiencing stress related to committing a medical error or being sued for malpractice. This is not a legal resource.

 

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Health and Fitness

Free on-campus biometric screenings provide you with key indicators of your health status, such as blood pressure, cholesterol levels and blood sugar. Participants receive immediate feedback on their results.

University Be In the Know: Earn Up To $300

As a partner in your wellbeing, Penn supports you in achieving your health and wellness goals. This year, Be in the Know offers you even more ways to learn about your health and reach your personal goals. In the process, you can earn up to $300!

Fitness Discounts

Going to a gym helps you stay focused and get inspired. The University of Penn has different fitness discounts to meet the needs of our employees and their family. GlobalFit offers the guaranteed lowest rates to thousands of gyms. Penn Campus Recreation offers innovative programs and services to provide the Penn community with an opportunity to improve your overall wellbeing. Philadelphia Freedom Valley YMCA and Regional Y Alliances offer a 10% monthly membership discount to all Penn employees with valid PennCards and a waived joiner fee. Please visit any of these programs to see which discount works for you.

Online Health Care Assessment

Take this online assessment to see if you are on track for health, fitness, and overall wellness. 

More Ways to Stay Active

…including aquatics, gyms, intramural sports, and personal training

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Nutrition

Sign up to meet with a Registered Dietitian for Nutrition Counseling.  Registered Dietitians are the nutrition experts in a variety of nutrition related areas. A Family Food Registered Dietitian will work with you to address the nutrition related questions and concerns you have and tailor a plan specific to you. Our dietitians offer nutrition counseling for adults concerned with weight gain or loss, general healthy eating, cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, speeding up your metabolism, eating during pregnancy, and more.

Family Food Nutrition Resource

Family Food makes reliable nutrition information easily accessible by providing evidence based nutrition counseling in convenient locations such as the home or work settings. The nutrition information is provided by a team of Registered Dietitians and is completely individualized. The recommendations are specific to you increasing your rate of success in reaching your nutrition goals. Faculty and staff covered by one of Penn’s health care plans are eligible for free nutrition counseling sessions.

Weight Watchers

It’s one thing to know what the right food and exercise choices are—it’s quite another to make those choices and stick to them over the long run. The Weight Watchers flexible, sustainable weight-loss system helps you do just that. Weight Watchers is built on four basic principles: weight loss should be healthy; the program should fit into your life; the choices you make should be informed; and the program must be holistic, taking into account your behavior and environment as well as your food and exercise choices.

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