For families and individuals who live in areas of the city where access to medical services is limited — and in many cases, nonexistent — a trip to the doctor can mean traveling across the city for basic care.
To help fill this void, the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health brings support and care to the communities needing it most, with a major focus on partnering with organizations in urban Philadelphia neighborhoods.
The Department of Family Medicine and Community Health works closely with the Health Federation of Philadelphia and the Federally Qualified Community Health Centers they represent. Our attending and resident physicians are an integral part of the care teams at the locations listed below.
The unique Sayre Health Center, a Federally Qualified Health Center, is located in Sayre High School in West Philadelphia. Sayre Health Center is committed to providing access to quality and affordable health care to all members of the community regardless of their ability to pay.
The mission of the Spectrum Community Health Center is to improve the health status of its patients and of the residents living in communities surrounding its delivery sites through an organized, comprehensive program of primary care delivery, health education and health-related social services.
Greater Philadelphia Health Action's mission is to provide quality comprehensive primary medical, dental, behavioral health and child development services through our expert staff of professionals. While using a fiscally responsible approach, they seek to meet the needs of a diverse population, regardless of their ability to pay.
Puentes de Salud works to ensure the wellness of the Latino immigrant population in South Philadelphia by offering medical care, education, and social services. Medical student volunteers contribute to clinical teams for patient care, and participate in the Diabetes Management Program, a longitudinal experience. There are also leadership opportunities for other non-clinical projects run by the organization.
Prevention Point Philadelphia is a multi-service public health organization serving the most vulnerable and hard-to-reach populations of Philadelphia. Their mission is to reduce the harm associated with substance use and sex industry work by promoting health, empowerment and safety while advocating for humane public policies and programs. They provide a welcoming environment for individuals who need a safe, comfortable, and non-judgmental resting place during the day, many of whom have no housing.
Student-Led Community Clinics
The Perelman School of Medicine students' service provides support to communities that too often are left out of the health care system, while allowing students to learn valuable skills. The Department of Family Medicine and Community Health works closely with the student led community clinics listed below.
United Community Clinic is a free health clinic coordinated by University of Pennsylvania students that provides care to mostly African American men and women between the ages of 16-65, often uninsured or underinsured. Medical students help by taking patient histories, performing physical exams, and presenting to resident and attending physicians.
A branch of the United Community Clinic, Heart Health Bridge to Care Clinic provides long-term care to underinsured individuals in the Parkside section of Philadelphia. Medical students work with nursing, pharmacy, and social work students, as well as faculty to develop care plans for patients with heart disease. The treatment includes free medications, support for diet and lifestyle changes, and regular follow-up visits.
The Unity Health Clinic is a free clinic that primarily serves uninsured Indonesian immigrants of Chinese descent. Medical student volunteers assist and shadow Penn faculty and residents. The clinic is run under a Nurse Practitioner model in conjunction with faculty and students of Villanova’s College of Nursing, the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, and other volunteers.
The University City Hospitality Coalition provides services to the homeless in West Philadelphia, including hot meals, a medical clinic, a dental clinic, a legal clinic, and referral services for shelter, housing, food, and clothing. The medical clinic is staffed by Penn Medicine students, physicians, and pharmacists. Services provided by the medical clinic include: acute and emergent care; diabetes and hypertension screenings; HIV/HCV testing; dermatology consultations; flu shots; condom distribution; and referrals to social services.