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Read to Succeed

Cares_recipient_cropped“The more that you read, the more things you will know, the more you learn. The more places you’ll go!” These words by the late Theodor Seuss Geisel (know better as Dr. Seuss), are in line with the mission of the West Philadelphia Alliance for Children (WePAC), a Philadelphia non-profit that strives to put books in the hands of Philadelphia’s children and take them places they may otherwise not get to go.

Thirty years ago, every public elementary school in Philadelphia had a library staffed by a librarian. Since then, nearly all of them have been closed. WePAC has re-opened 17 of those libraries, and currently operates 12 libraries in West and Southwest Philadelphia, serving more than 5,000 students.

The National Education Association reports that high school dropouts are 72 percent more likely to be unemployed as compared to high school graduates and nearly 80 percent of incarcerated individuals do not have a high school diploma.

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Penn Medicine at the 2015 Philadelphia Science Festival

Penn Medicine will again play a leading role in thefifth annual Philadelphia Science Festival, a citywide collaboration showcasing science and technology every spring. The Festival packs more than 100 events into nine days at locations acro...Full story

Food Cupboard A Lifeline for Residents

The Interfaith Food Cupboard, located in the First Presbyterian Church in Lansdowne, has been providing emergency food to the underserved areas of Delaware County for 30 years. Its mission is to provide three days of food (breakfasts, lunch...Full story

Congrats to Our CAREs Grant Recipients

Congratulations to the most recent winners of a Penn Medicine CAREs grant! If you volunteer for community outreach, you might also be eligible to receive a grant. Awarded up to four times a year, the grant pays for expenses directly related...Full story

Simple Screenings Can Save Lives

For the past 20 years, Raymond Townsend, MD, of the Renal, Electrolyte and Hypertension Division, has been helping prevent heart attacks and strokes in local residents through community screenings. “Four factors predict the most risk of a h...Full story

HUP Reaches Out to West African Community

Last month, several members of HUP Nursing and others volunteered their time at the Faith-Immanuel Lutheran Church in Delaware County to provide the influenza vaccine to members of the West African community. Chyke Doubeni, MD, chair of Fam...Full story

Call for Participants 2015 Philadelphia Science Festival

The Philadelphia Science Festival is just a few months away and the Penn Festival Coalition is writing to let you know about programming areas and opportunities that remain available for the Penn community. Neighborhood Science After Sch...Full story

Penn Medicine to Offer Free Mammograms this Valentine’s Day

Mammography is currently the best screening test available for early detection of breast cancer. However, ongoing debates about what age and how often a woman should get a mammogram and the potential financial cost may hold some back from g...Full story

How We Helped on MLK Day

Many Penn Medicine employees were out and about on MLK Day, volunteering their time and talents to help out in the surrounding communities. All told, our volunteers put in approximately 185 hours in multiple community service projects. Mon...Full story

Ground Zero: Life in an Ebola Treatment Unit

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More than 21,000 people have contracted the Ebola virus in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone during the longest record outbreak of the disease over the past 10 months. More than 8,000 people have died from the virus. Thanks to the increasi...Full story

Eye Screenings in West Philly Help Prevent Vision Loss

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Rebecca Salowe (project manager), Laura O’Keefe (head clinical research coordinator), and Gideon Whitehead (director of Community Outreach) all work with Joan O’Brien, MD, chair of Penn Ophthalmology, on a study investigating the genetics...Full story

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