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The Department of Family Medicine and Community Health has a broad range of collaborative partnerships that work together to address unmet needs in Philadelphia's communities and beyond. 

Our vision is to be the leader in promoting thriving communities through advanced primary care for all individuals and families. We couple our health programs with efforts to address unmet social and behavioral health needs by fostering strong and enduring community partnerships with Penn. Read more about a selection of our valued partners below.

Health Federation of Philadelphia

The Health Federation of Philadelphia serves as a keystone supporting a network of Community Health Centers as well as the broader base of public and private-sector organizations that deliver health and human services to vulnerable populations. 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.

Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics

The University of Pennsylvania's Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics (CCEB) and Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology (DBE) promotes the health of all people through scientific discovery, education and dissemination of knowledge in biostatistics, epidemiology and informatics.

The Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics

The Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics (LDI) is a cooperative venture among Penn’s health professions, business, and communications schools (Medicine, Wharton, Nursing, Dental Medicine, Law School, and Annenberg School for Communication) and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, with linkages to other Penn schools, including Arts & Sciences, Education, Social Policy and Practice, and Veterinary Medicine.

Community Engagement and Research Core

The Community Engagement and Research Core (CEAR Core) is part of the Penn Institute for Translational Medicine and Therapeutics. The purpose of the CEAR Core is to facilitate community-based research and community engagement and enhance the translation of research and technological developments to key public health and community stakeholders.

Center for Public Health Initiatives 

The University of Pennsylvania's Center for Public Health Initiatives (CPHI) is a university-wide center which promotes interdisciplinary research, education and practice in public health. The CPHI acts as the organizational home and academic base for Penn’s multi-disciplinary, inter-school Master in Public Health (MPH) degree program.

University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing

The School of Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania is committed to improving the health and wellness of the community by developing democratic, mutually beneficial, mutually respectful partnerships between the SON and the community through education, practice and research that serve the community, promote learning and encourage wellness. With many academic and community partners, the School of Nursing works collaboratively to solve universal problems as they are manifested locally. It is in the immediate local community that we can have the greatest influence and impact, and where we can best evaluate whether our work is having an impact on the community and at Penn.

Community Champions

The Community Champions program enhances the educational experience of Penn Nursing students by providing meaningful opportunities for learning about the social determinants of health through community engagement-  and by doing so, effect positive changes in health and wellness in the members of the community.

UPenn Prevention Research Center

The UPenn Prevention Research Center (UPenn PRC) is a hub for interdisciplinary chronic disease prevention research, training, and dissemination at the University of Pennsylvania. The UPenn PRC brings together Penn researchers from a variety of disciplines to conduct innovative public health and disease management research aimed at preventing chronic disease and reducing health disparities in Southeastern Pennsylvania.

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We are all stronger and capable of effecting greater change when we work together. If your organization is working towards reducing health disparities and improving patient outcomes in West Philadelphia and beyond, we want to hear from you. 

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The Netter Center for Community Partnerships

Founded in 1992, the Barbara and Edward Netter Center for Community Partnerships is Penn’s primary vehicle for bringing to bear the broad range of human knowledge needed to solve the complex, comprehensive, and interconnected problems of the American city so that West Philadelphia (Penn’s local geographic community), Philadelphia, the University itself, and society benefit. 

The Family Practice and Counseling Network

Family Practice and Counseling Network, a program of Resources for Human Development, is a network of community health centers providing comprehensive primary care, dental and behavioral health services. Family Practice and Counseling Network (the Network) opened with an initial Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) grant in 1992, and has since grown and developed in response to need and demand by the communities served.

Puentes de Salud

Puentes de Salud works in partnership with community members, local public schools, universities, governmental institutions, and other nonprofit organizations to address the adverse structural, economic, and social conditions that face this vibrant yet vulnerable immigrant, economically disadvantaged community.

Philadelphia Health Leadership Institute

This initiative, funded by the CDC, trains community leaders in the Promise Zone who are in positions to influence improvements in community health. They are tackling childhood lead exposure, chronic pain treatment, and postpartum depression.

Penn Asian Health Initiative

Established in 2004, the Penn Asian Health Initiative is a program that promotes diversity and inclusion for Asian American and Pacific Islander communities within health and healthcare. PAHI’s activities include medical education, public health research, community outreach events (mostly with Vietnamese and other Southeast Asian communities), mentorship, and primary care services at the Unity Clinic — a free clinic that serves a patient population composed largely of Indonesian patients with limited English proficiency.