Social Determinants of Health (SDoH) are the conditions in the environments where people are born, live, learn, work, play, worship, and age that affect a wide range of health, functioning, and quality-of-life outcomes and risks. Because we serve patients who are acutely impacted by SDoH, Einstein Healthcare Network remains committed to helping our communities get and stay healthy.
Bridging Gaps, Supporting Communities
We recognize community-based organizations (CBOs) play a vital role in meeting the needs of their communities. That's why we proudly work together with CBOs to bridge gaps and promote healthy communities. Our partnerships enable us to create comprehensive wellness programs and services that extend well beyond healing injuries or illnesses.
In our ongoing efforts to reduce disparities and address the impact of SDoH on individuals and the community at large, we continue to collaborate with businesses, organizations and community influencers to focus on these four critical areas:
Because nutrition plays a significant role in health outcomes, we partner with community organizations to offer programs and resources that increases access to healthy foods and raise awareness of the issue in the community.
Housing as Health
Living in unstable and/or unsafe housing situations can also have a significant impact on health outcomes. Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia (EMCP) works with community organizations that provide housing assistance for rent, repairs, utilities and placement.
Assistance programs include:
Einstein works with key stakeholders to create resources and programs to support K-12 students to promote learning and enhance learning environments.
Some of the programs include:
- School-Based Student Assistance Program
- Leadership Lectures, Career Day Presentations
- Adopt-A-Class (donated 50 k lbs)
- Reach Out & Read (Dr. Seuss Day)
- Einstein Explore Health: Simulation Tours, Mentorship & Leadership Lectures, Career Day Presentations
- Job Exploration: Skilled Labor Connects
- Shadowing Day
Community & Economic Development
Our mission to serve vulnerable communities hasn’t changed since our doors opened in 1865. Addressing economic development to sustain long-term growth and resiliency is also part of our plan. We continue to work with local and state governments and with non-profit economic development agencies to bolster jobs, address social equity, and improve quality of life to residents in our communities.
With the help of volunteers, donors, community organizations and others,we can bridge gaps and help forge the future of our diverse community and preserve it for generations to come.
For more information about jobs at Einstein visit our careers page.
To learn how you can volunteer or donate to our Bridging Gaps Supporting Communities program, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Einstein's Compassionate Care Fund
Through our mission to be more than medicine, Einstein staff help their patients with necessities to make a hospital stay easier and to provide support which might be needed to transition home. Learn more here.
Friends of Einstein Healthcare Network
The Friends of Einstein Healthcare Network are dedicated to enhancing Einstein Healthcare Network’s mission to support health and wellness in our communities through volunteerism, fundraising, social engagement, and advocacy. Learn more and get involved here.
Einstein communities have unique healthcare needs and we are proud to serve and be a part of the family throughout the greater Philadelphia and Montgomery areas. That’s why we collaborate with community organizations to provide information and support to improve their health and wellbeing.
Einstein also provides Community Health Needs Assessments and implementation plans based on those assessments.
Join us in honoring our community all stars. Whether we’re partnering with a local food pantry to distribute groceries to people in need, working with churches to host screenings or investing in housing initiatives. Community Based Organizations like these are critical in helping to improve the health and well-being of individuals and communities.
Hear Their Stories
Lynnette from No More Secrets tells us “We deal with food and housing insecurities, but who would have thought there are menstrual insecurities. During the pandemic, my daughter and I delivered more than 200 menstrual supplies a week directly to teenagers and women in need.” Hear her story about Period Poverty. Visit No More Secrets to learn more.
Sarun from the Cambodian Association of Greater Philadelphia (CAGP), tells us “CAGP was founded 40 years ago by six newly settled Cambodians who purchased a van to help new refugees get acclimated to the Philadelphia community by driving them to laundromats, grocery stores and beyond.” Hear his story about how CAGP has transformed in four decades to continue to meet the needs of the Cambodian community.
Cornelia from the Johnson House Historic site tells us “The Johnson House provides an opportunity to educate fourth and fifth graders about the underground railroad - what it was, the role it played and the history of why enslavement began.” Hear her story.
Einstein has many opportunities for adults and young people to volunteer in our community throughout the year. Volunteers make a difference in the lives of people in our community by removing barriers and creating healthier neighborhoods. Through our Bridging Gaps Supporting Communities program, Einstein employees have donated more than 20,000 hours of their volunteer time. To learn more about volunteer opportunities at Einstein, contact email@example.com.
340B in Action
The 340B prescription drug program helps Einstein increase access to much needed medications for our uninsured and underinsured patients. It is a vital lifeline for safety-net providers, supporting critical health services in our communities.
Fresh For All
Every Tuesday, rain or shine, the Einstein Fresh For All pop-up food market is just one way Einstein is helping to combat food insecurity and support the health and well-being of the communities it serves. This welcoming program has become a popular Tuesday morning destination for many. Click here for more information on Fresh For All (PDF).
A Better Start
A Better Start (ABS) is the preventative health education component of the Women and Children’s Service Line (WSC) at Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia. Our mission is to improve the well-being of our community through health education, health promotion, and building sustainable partnerships.