Philadelphia Collaborative for Health Equity

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Today, the life expectancy of a baby born in Center City is more than a decade longer than one born in South Philadelphia, and 20 years longer than a baby born in North Philadelphia.

A Leader In Community Care

Philadelphia’s Challenge

At a time when more than a quarter of all Philadelphians live in poverty, there is no one-size-fits-all solution to the Philadelphia Challenge. It will take targeted efforts addressing the multiple social determinants of health impacting each Philadelphia community. Learn more about our initiatives.

P-CHE is a bold solution to an increasingly complex problem—one that Jefferson cannot tackle alone. With the partnership and support of benefactors like you, we can improve the lives of Philadelphians for generations to come.

Stephen K. Klasko, MD, MBA President, Thomas Jefferson University and CEO, Jefferson Health

Campaign Priorities

Philanthropy is central to our mission—a catalyst for real change in the community. It allows us to support programmatic needs, launch new endeavors, and give all Philadelphians the resources they need to achieve the best quality of life. Together, we can eliminate the health inequities that have plagued Philadelphians for far too long, paving the way for other communities to follow.

The Hansjörg Wyss South Philadelphia Wellness Center will serve as the hub of Jefferson’s clinical and educational outreach activities for the city’s southern neighborhoods, particularly targeting the area’s significant immigrant and refugee populations. Located in the Bok Building—an anchor for the surrounding community—the Wyss Center will be a one-stop-shop offering primary and preventive care, outreach, and educational offerings to this overlooked patient population, regardless of health insurance or citizenship status.

Philanthropy is a core part of the Wyss Center’s mission. Thanks to a leadership gift from the center’s namesake, we have recently broken ground on the clinic and launched a $5 million fundraising initiative to enact our ultimate vision for the space. Your philanthropic support will enable us to create the only medical practice in Philadelphia providing comprehensive, integrated medical care and health education for immigrants, refugees, and the surrounding South Philadelphia community. 

Despite an influx of new jobs in recent years, Philadelphia’s unemployment rate remains unchanged at six percent. This is the paradox of poverty—while education and employment opportunities are plentiful, they remain largely unattainable for the city’s impoverished citizens. This, in turn, further diminishes the health and well-being of this vulnerable population.

Jefferson is working to break the cycle of poverty by developing a continuum of hands-on, low-to-no-cost education and workforce development programs tailored to Philadelphia’s vulnerable communities. As we look to the future, philanthropic support is vital to expanding the reach, scope, and impact of these life-changing programs.

The Jefferson Latina Women’s Clinic, operated in close partnership with Puentes de Salud, aims to improve community and individual health and wellness not only by providing immediate medical services, but also by acknowledging and challenging embedded social inequalities and injustices affecting Philadelphia’s underserved populations, particularly in the Latino community.

Our dedicated team works in partnership with community members, local public schools, universities, governmental institutions, and other nonprofit organizations to address the adverse structural, economic, and social conditions that profoundly affect the prosperity of this community. Philanthropy is central to our mission, ensuring that we can provide these vital services at little to no cost to our patients.    

The Steven H. Korman Center for Community Engagement helps disadvantaged and underemployed Philadelphians secure in-demand jobs in healthcare, providing career training and support for GED attainment, comprehensive case management, and job placement. The center currently offers a community health worker certification with peer support specialist training, certified nursing assistant training, and certified medical assistant programs.

Philanthropic support will strengthen our efforts to provide educational and career opportunities for our most vulnerable neighbors, helping us achieve our mission to improve lives by placing more individuals on the path to success.

Philadelphia is truly a tale of two cities. While some neighborhoods are experiencing unprecedented commercial and residential development, large swaths of the city are being left behind, succumbing to ever-worsening blight and neglect.

At this time, the city is home to more than 40,000 vacant lots. Approximately 12 percent of Philadelphians lack access to green space. These conditions fuel rates of depression and feelings of stress and hopelessness among residents. Unfortunately, the city lacks full funding to help reinvigorate these neighborhoods in need.

With a gift to the Community Catalyst Fund, your generosity will fuel interventions designed to help these communities thrive once again.

Jefferson’s Community Health Worker Training program helps disadvantaged and underemployed Philadelphians secure in-demand jobs in healthcare by providing career training and support for GED attainment, comprehensive case management, and job placement.

We currently offer a community health worker certification with peer support specialist training, certified nursing assistant training, and certified medical assistant programs. Your generous support empowers us to assist more hardworking Philadelphians in their quest for a fulfilling career in healthcare.

A growing body of research has found that many of the traumatic life experiences faced by the poor, particularly in their childhood and young adult years, help perpetuate the conditions of poverty. As a trusted safety net provider covering more than two-thirds of Philadelphians, Jefferson is committed to helping individuals better cope with these experiences and break free of the negative feedback loop these traumas perpetuate.

The Jefferson Trauma Education Network (J-TEN) is designed to grow and nurture well-trained, healthy, and sustainable human service workforces; to provide resources and support for families, communities, and leaders; and to reduce barriers and support equitable access to services.

hungry children
60k

children go hungry

obese
1/3

of the population is obese

poverty
40%

of children are living in poverty

These aren’t statistics from the developing world. This is happening right here, right now, in Philadelphia.

Make a Gift

You Make the Difference

With a gift to support the Philadelphia Collaborative for Health Equity, you can help ensure that every Philadelphian has access to the resources and programs that will help create opportunities for everyone, regardless of socioeconomic circumstances. You can create a legacy that will touch the lives of countless individuals. You can give people hope.

Contact

Name: Erin Morton
Position: Associate Director of Development, Philadelphia Collaborative for Health Equity, Office of Institutional Advancement
Telephone: 215-955-9418