Heather Klusaritz, PhD, MSW

Heather Klusaritz, PhD, MSW
Senior Fellow

Associate Director, Center for Community & Population Health; Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine & Community Health

Public Health Interests

Behavioral Health, Community Engagement, Community/Population Health, Health Equity, Health Services Research, Mental Health, Policy, Social Determinants of Health, Substance Abuse



Current Public-Health Related Activities

Heather Klusaritz, PhD, MSW is the Associate Director of the Center for Community and Population Health in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Klusaritz is also the Director of Community Engagement for UPenn’s Center for Public Health Initiatives, core faculty in the MPH program, and a Lecturer at the School of Social Policy and Practice. Dr. Klusaritz is trained clinically as a medical social worker and been engaged in care delivery at University of Pennsylvania Health System for over 15 years. Dr. Klusaritz’s research focus is at the intersection between healthcare and policy, specifically access to health care for marginalized populations and the design of health systems to eliminate disparities in health access and outcomes. Currently, she co-directs the National Center for Integrated Behavioral Health, a HRSA-funded cooperative agreement which aims to advance training in integrated models of care to improve the quality, accessibility, and effectiveness of behavioral health and substance use disorders in primary care. Dr. Klusaritz has significant teaching experience with MSW, MPH, and medical students as well as resident physician trainees in the areas of health disparities, social determinants of health inequities, health policy, and social welfare policy. Dr. Klusaritz works collaboratively with multiple community partners throughout West Philadelphia to improve the health of underserved communities and is the co-founder of a program that connects patients to critical social welfare benefits, helps navigate health system access, and engages in medical-legal advocacy.

Select Publications:

Klusaritz H, Nguyen, G, Cronholm PF: Capsule commentary on Liss et al., specialty use among patients with treated hypertension in a patient-centered medical home. Journal of general internal medicine 2014; 29(5); 786.

DeMarco M, Bream KDW, Klusaritz H, Margo K: Comparison of textbook to fmCases on family medicine clerkship exam performance. Family medicine 2014;46(3):174-9.

Jha A. K., Stone R., Lave J. R., Chen H., Klusaritz H., & Volpp K. (2010). The concentration of hospital care for black veterans in Veterans Affairs Hospitals:  Implications for clinical outcomes. Journal for Healthcare Quality.

Nguyen GT, Klusaritz H, Cronholm PF. Sustainable Change in Childhood Immunization Rates. Family Practice Management Accepted for publication August, 13, 2013.

Cederbaum, J.A., & Klusaritz, H. (2009). Field supervision: Using the strengths based approach with nursing students. Journal of Nursing Education, 48(8), 422-428.