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Community Partnerships

To develop the skills necessary to translate research into action and effective policy, Clinical Scholars at Penn engage in longitudinal relationships with one or more of Penn's community-based partner organizations. The objectives of this relationship include:

  1. To develop and maintain relationships with constituencies beyond that of traditional academia
  2. To support successful implementation of research agendas, informed by community involvement
  3. To develop professionals with the skills to understand community-based organizations and their functions, and to successfully participate in their activities and process

Participating community partners have included:

Individual Research Projects

photoAll Scholars are required to complete a final research project/thesis as part of the Master of Science in Health Policy Research curriculum and individual organizational relationships with the nonprofit sector are facilitated by the program. Scholar projects range from community-based research partnerships with primary data collection to large-scale health policy analysis using national administrative datasets. All research projects are guided by small teams of faculty mentors, with frequent opportunities for group feedback on research in progress. The program also connects scholars with a strong network of faculty on the campus, community leaders from Philadelphia, and program alumni across the U.S.

A multidisciplinary weekly seminar series and visiting speaker series help further link scholars to a diverse group of researchers and health care leaders. These organizational linkages help stimulate diverse training experiences for scholars, both on and off the campus, and help guide Scholar activities and professional development through the rest of the program.

Cohort Research Projects

Upon arrival at Penn, all first-year Scholars collaborate on a community-generated project at the start of the program. This project concludes with a final presentation for stakeholders at the community site and a team-written final report.

The links below will take you to the comprehensive reports and funding proposals developed by past cohorts of Clinical Scholars at Penn. These reports are the culmination of their summer community immersion experience.

2014-2016 Clinical Scholars

Empower, Embrace, Engage: Key Recommendations to Address Challenges Facing United States Women Veterans (pdf)

2013-2015 Clinical Scholars

The View from Here: Resident Quality of Life at Long Term Care Facilities (pdf)

2012-2014 Clinical Scholars

Developing a Life Skills Curriculum for Homeless Youth (pdf)

2011-2013 Clinical Scholars

School Bullying - A Closer Look and Possible Interventions (pdf)

2010-2012 Clinical Scholars

Engaging Community on Childhood Obesity through Programs Operating During Non-school Hours (pdf)

2009-2011 Clinical Scholars

Emergency Preparedness for African Immigrants in West Philadelphia (pdf)

2008-2010 Clinical Scholars

Partnership for Wellness: Addressing Stress and Violence in Southwest Philadelphia (pdf)

2007-2009 Clinical Scholars

Addressing Stress and Violence in West and Southwest Philadelphia (pdf)

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