Improving the health of a community is essential to enhancing the quality of life for residents in the region and supporting future social and economic well-being. Every few years, Penn Medicine hospitals conduct collaborative Community Health Needs Assessments (CHNA) to identify and prioritize the health needs of residents in the many disparate communities we serve, particularly those who experience health inequities.
CHNAs help us identify data that drives new health outcomes measures and focus our efforts on creating and supporting programs that will have the greatest impact on the health and lives of those in our region. Because people only spend a fraction of their time in contact with the health care system, our efforts to improve the health of our populations focus on actual medical care but also the environments in which people are born, live, learn, work, play, worship, and age.
Penn Medicine faculty, staff, and students throughout the organization donate their time and expertise to provide countless hours of work to improve the health and well-being of the communities we serve. The Penn Medicine CAREs grant program was established in 2011 to offer institutional support to these individuals and programs in the form of grants—awarded quarterly—that can be used for the purchase of supplies and other resources needed to perform this important work in the community.