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Center for Urban Health - Making a Difference in the Communities We Serve

The Jefferson Center for Urban Health is designed to improve the health and well-being of Philadelphia citizens both young and old by marshaling the resources of Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals, Thomas Jefferson University and its Department of Family and Community Medicine, 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 themes:

  • Access and Advocacy
  • Research, Evaluation and Outcomes Measurement
  • Community Partnerships and Outreach
  • Health Education, Screening and Prevention Programs
  • Education of Health Professions Students and Providers
  • Service Delivery Systems Innovation

Community Programs and Outreach

The Center's partners range from 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. Further, the Center undertakes more extensive assessments in partnership with community-based organizations to create programs that reflect community need, voice and culture. Learn more about our community programs.

Building Bridges Between Jefferson and the Community

The Jefferson Center for Urban Health:

  • Serves as a bridge between Jefferson and urban neighborhoods, facilitation understanding and information sharing so as to improve health outcomes
  • Facilitates collaborations between Jefferson and urban neighborhoods around research, community projects, program planning/implementation and evaluation.
  • Improves the understandings of Jefferson as they relate to the health needs and aspirations of the community; and at the same time, to improve the understandings of the community as to the work that Jefferson does that has the promise of improving the health and well-being of the community
  • Strengthens the capacity of the Philadelphia neighborhoods by bringing the knowledge and skills available through Jefferson to the needs and issues identified by the community
  • Strengthens the academic offerings and opportunities within Jefferson as they relate to urban health and development
  • Initiates and monitors sustainable, collaborative interventions that will improve the health and well-being of Philadelphia neighborhoods