In The Community

Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals defines its greatest achievements by the contributions made to the community it serves. As an employer of nearly 7,500 individuals, our institution is both inspired by and committed to renewing the health and prosperity of our area neighborhoods.

In fulfillment of this pledge, Jefferson opened the Center for Urban Health (CUH) in 1998, which has worked to improve the well-being of Philadelphia citizens by marshalling the resources of Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals, Thomas Jefferson University and its Department of Family and Community Medicine (DFCM), and partnering with community organizations and neighborhoods. The Center's goal is to improve the health status of individuals and targeted communities/neighborhoods through a multifaceted initiative, the ARCHES Project, which focuses on six domains/themes: Access and Advocacy; Research, Evaluation, and Outcomes Measurement; Community Partnerships and Outreach; Health Education, Screening and Prevention Programs; Education Health Professions Students and Providers; and Service Delivery Systems Innovation.

TJUH's partners consist of schools, homeless shelters, senior centers, faith-based communities and other broad-based efforts that recognize neighborhood economic, social and physical environments as underlying determinants of health and disease. In addition, TJUH undertakes more extensive assessments in partnership with community-based organizations to create programs that reflect community need, voice and culture.

Key initiatives of the ARCHES Project that address system changes include:

  • Care for more than 35,000 homeless men, women and children over the past 14 years
  • Breast health education for sheltered women
  • Diabetes self-management education held in communities reaching 1,500 adults
  • Community collaboration addressing policy and systems change related to obesity and access to fresh fruits and vegetables and safe places to be active
  • A Medical-Legal Partnership, addressing social determinants of health such as housing and insurance access
  • Obesity and diabetes prevention in a workforce development program
  • A Refugee Health Center serving over 700 refugees from countries such as Iraq, Bhutan and Eritrea
  • Hypertension, stroke and prostate cancer education reaching 9,000 African American men
  • Cardiovascular health literacy training for staff at 15 regional hospitals

In FY 2012, Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals provided $128,221,449 of services to more than 82,000 individuals in our community seeking care or information from Jefferson. This community benefit is delivered in three distinct ways:

  • Dollar support for individuals and families who can't afford the cost of Hospital services, including those who seek care from our Emergency Medicine Department
  • The Hospital's contribution towards the education of doctors, nurses and other health professionals
  • A variety of programs and services offered to the community including support groups, health screenings and wellness education

At Jefferson, we recognize that by providing quality health care to our patients, and education and outreach to our neighbors, we are also enriching the lives and future of our surrounding community. And when the community thrives, we all benefit.

Jefferson's Community Health Needs Assessment Report

Community Health Needs ReportA Community Health Needs Assessment is a disciplined approach to collecting, analyzing and using data, including community input, to identify barriers to the health and well-being of its residents and communities, leading to the development of goals and targeted action plans to achieve those goals. The assessment findings can be linked to clinical decision making within health care systems as well as connected to community health improvement efforts.

Our 2013 assessment engages healthcare providers and the community by providing a basis for making informed decisions, with an emphasis on preventing illness and reducing health disparities.

View our 2013 Community Health Needs Assessment Report (PDF - 2.3MB) >

Community Health Needs Assessment Implementation Plan

Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals, Inc. serves patients in Philadelphia and the surrounding communities in the Delaware Valley. TJUHs conducted a community health needs assessment of the geographic areas served by the hospital pursuant to the requirements of Section 501(r) of the Internal Revenue Code. The CHNA findings were approved by the Board in June of 2013 and were made available on the Hospital’s website. This implementation strategy (“Strategy”), also required by Section 501(r), documents the efforts of the Hospital to address and prioritize the community health needs identified in the 2013 CHNA.

The Strategy identifies the means through which the hospital plans to address needs that are consistent with the Hospital’s charitable mission as part of its community benefit programs from 2014 through 2016. Beyond the programs discussed in the Strategy, the Hospital is addressing many of these needs simply by providing care to all, regardless of ability to pay. The Hospital anticipates health needs and resources may change, and thus a flexible approach was adopted in the development of its Strategy to address needs identified in the 2013 CHNA. In addition, changes may be warranted by the publication of final regulations.

View our 2013 Community Health Needs Assessment Implementation Plan (PDF - 610KB) >