Through strong relationships with schools and centers across Penn’s campus and meaningful community-academic partnerships, the center fosters evidence-based approaches to public health practice, emphasizing translation of science into sustainable health improvements through CPHI-led initiatives.

Leading Public Health Initiatives

  • Penn Community Scholars: 8-session training program to train community organizations on community-academic partnerships.
  • Health Promotion in Schools: Establishing partnerships with schools to improve the health of our city's youth.
  • Service Link: A cross-university student organization that aims to improve the health of Philadelphians by linking them with public benefits and community resources that address the social determinants of health.
  • Junior Scholars Forum: The Forum brings together early career researchers interested in public health and the social sciences. We welcome students and trainees at all levels, as well as research staff and junior faculty, to join the conversation.
  • Walk with a Future Doc: To get out into the community and promote health and well-being through bi-weekly walks, and to give and have the opportunity for community members to have any questions answered by some of our future doctors. 
  • Healthy Library Initiative: The Healthy Library Initiative harnesses the power of public libraries to improve population health. This is an innovative collaboration between the University of Pennsylvania and the Free Library of Philadelphia. 
  • PPHS Service Corps:  A program for current MPH students interested in enhancing their MPH education by participating in service activities. Fellows work closely with CPHI and the MPH program to enhance and execute community service activities. See our current initiatives!
  • MPH Fieldwork: The MPH Fieldwork Experience connects current MPH students with community, academic, industry and government organizations to gain practical experience and build MPH core competencies. Interested in serving as a fieldwork site? Click here.
  • Public Health Pipeline Program: A 6 week summer internship program, funded by Philadelphia Youth Network, for Philadelphia high school students interested in health professions. 

Campus-Wide Wellness Initiatives

  • Healthy Penn: A comprehensive program for faculty, staff, and students at Penn, focused on increasing the availability and accessibility of wellness activities across the university.
  • Weekly Wellness Walks: With support from the Provost’s office, Penn Center for Public Health Initiatives (CPHI) and Penn Libraries, we have launched Weekly Themed Wellness Walks. Walks will be led by staff, faculty, and students across campus, who will start each walk by briefly talking about a topic of their choice. This is a great opportunity to get outside, learn something, and meet your fellow Penn students, staff, and faculty.
  • NatureRx at Penn: With support from the Provost’s office, Penn Center for Public Health Initiatives (CPHI), Facilities and Real Estate Services (FRES), and other campus partners, we have launched Nature Rx at Penn. The idea behind NatureRx is writing prescriptions to be out in nature, since research has shown that time spent in nature can have a positive impact on our health and well-being. 
  • Penn Food and Wellness Collaborative: With support from the Provost’s office, Penn Center for Public Health Initiatives (CPHI), Facilities and Real Estate Services (FRES), Penn Sustainability, and other campus partners, the Penn Food and Wellness Collaborative is an expansion of the Penn Park Orchard into Penn’s first campus urban farm, the Penn Park Farm. The farm will be host to a wide variety of programming including class visits, internships, workshops, volunteer opportunities, and events, with an emphasis on promoting wellness on campus.