Service Link

Service Link

Our Story

Established by Penn's Center for Public Health Initiatives in 2011, Service Link sends dedicated undergraduate, post-baccalaureate, medical, MPH, and law student volunteers to primary care and community sites in Philadelphia. Our mission is to improve the health of Philadelphians by linking them with public benefits and community resources that address their non-medical determinants of health.

Join Us: Spring 2019 Recruitment

Service Link, a student organization dedicated to improving the health of Philadelphia's most needy, is looking for students like you!

Through Service Link, you can interact with patients and families to make a significant difference in their lives. By linking them to needed public benefits and community resources, we work to help low-income Philadelphians overcome any obstacles to their holistic and deserved good health.

Service Link sends volunteers of diverse backgrounds to a variety of sites, where they can work closely with patients to secure basic living and health needs including health insurance, healthy food options, utility payments, prescription payments, and legal support.

Volunteers should be prepared to dedicate 3 hour blocks at least twice per month. Beyond these regular shifts, volunteers must attend training sessions and certain events throughout the semester, although these external time commitments should only total around 5 extra hours per semester. 

To be considered for the Service Link team, complete this application by 11:59 pm on Wednesday, January 30th, 2019: click here

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Our Work


We work with the following sites:

  • Penn Family Care at Penn Presbyterian
  • Penn Center for Primary Care Refugee Clinic
  • University City Hospitality Coalition (UCHC) at St. Agatha-St. James Church
  • United Community Clinic (UCC) at First African Presbyterian Church

What we do

At the sites volunteers work closely with clients in confidential settings to secure basic living and health needs. We assist clients in accessing:

  • Health insurance
  • Affordable medication
  • Healthy food
  • Behavioral health services
  • Employment
  • Legal services
  • Health system navigation
  • Transportation
  • Energy assistance
  • Housing

Our model builds on a model first initiated by the Health Leads program headquartered in Boston. Service Link has over 40 volunteers and is recognized by the undergraduate service and graduate student umbrella organizations, CHAC, and GAPSA, respectively.

Our Leadership Team

Faculty Advisor: Heather Klusaritz

Director of Operations: Karen Liao

Director of Internal Affairs: Varshini Gali

Director of External Affairs: Michelle Zhan

PFC Site Co-Coordinators: Tiffany Huang and David Yang

Director of Community Sites: Jamie Song

Refugee Site Coordinator: Sun Kim

Directors of Resources: Carolyn Chow and Ellie Ma

Director of Recruitment and Training: Jennifer Nazario