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.




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
  • Lea Elementary
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

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.



    Heather Klusaritz, Faculty Advisor

    Krushee Patel, Director of Operations
    Matt Kearney, Director of Program Development

    Julia Hill, Penn Family Care Site Cooridnator
    Connie Jiang, Penn Family Care Site Coordinator
    Mounika Kanneganti, Director of Community Sites
    Priya Ramachandra, Director of Recruitment and Training
    Jess Zha, PCPC Refugee Clinic Coordinator
    Arjun Patel, Director of Resources
    Cathy Zheng, Director of Marketing


Service Link, a student volunteer organization dedicated to improving the health of Philadelphians, is interested in students like you! Service Link is a great opportunity to interact with patients and families and make a significant difference in their lives. At the sites, volunteers work closely with patients to secure basic living and health needs including healthy food options, utility payments, prescription payments, employment assistance, and legal support.

Volunteers should be prepared to dedicate 4 hour blocks at least twice per month to the program and must attend training sessions in November. To apply, please complete this application by 11:59pm on September 18th. Please email servicelinkatpenn@gmail.com if you have questions or would like to attend our information session in Huntsman Hall at 5pm on Monday, September 14th.