How Jefferson Gives Back
Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals defines its greatest achievements by the contributions made to the community it serves. As an employer of nearly 7,500 individuals, our institution is both inspired by and committed to renewing the health and prosperity of our area neighborhoods.
In fulfillment of this pledge, Jefferson opened the Center for Urban Health (CUH) in 1998, which has worked to improve the well-being of Philadelphia citizens by marshalling the resources of Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals, Thomas Jefferson University and its Department of Family and Community Medicine (DFCM), and partnering with community organizations and neighborhoods. The Center's goal is to improve the health status of individuals and targeted communities/neighborhoods through a multifaceted initiative, the ARCHES Project, which focuses on six domains/themes: Access and Advocacy; Research, Evaluation, and Outcomes Measurement; Community Partnerships and Outreach; Health Education, Screening and Prevention Programs; Education Health Professions Students and Providers; and Service Delivery Systems Innovation.
TJUH's partners consist of schools, homeless shelters, senior centers, faith-based communities and other broad-based efforts that recognize neighborhood economic, social and physical environments as underlying determinants of health and disease. In addition, TJUH undertakes more extensive assessments in partnership with community-based organizations to create programs that reflect community need, voice and culture.
Key initiatives of the ARCHES Project that address system changes include:
- Care for more than 35,000 homeless men, women and children over the past 14 years
- Breast health education for sheltered women
- Diabetes self-management education held in communities reaching 1,500 adults
- Community collaboration addressing policy and systems change related to obesity and access to fresh fruits and vegetables and safe places to be active
- A Medical-Legal Partnership, addressing social determinants of health such as housing and insurance access
- Obesity and diabetes prevention in a workforce development program
- A Refugee Health Center serving over 700 refugees from countries such as Iraq, Bhutan and Eritrea
- Hypertension, stroke and prostate cancer education reaching 9,000 African American men
- Cardiovascular health literacy training for staff at 15 regional hospitals
In FY 2012, Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals provided $128,221,449 of services to more than 82,000 individuals in our community seeking care or information from Jefferson. This community benefit is delivered in three distinct ways:
- Dollar support for individuals and families who can't afford the cost of Hospital services, including those who seek care from our Emergency Medicine Department
- The Hospital's contribution towards the education of doctors, nurses and other health professionals
- A variety of programs and services offered to the community including support groups, health screenings and wellness education
At Jefferson, we recognize that by providing quality health care to our patients, and education and outreach to our neighbors, we are also enriching the lives and future of our surrounding community. And when the community thrives, we all benefit.