Supporting Our Community

Homeless Health Initiative (HHI)

For 25 years, CHOP residents have participated in voluntary service-learning through the Homeless Health Initiative. Residents provide healthcare at three West Philadelphia homeless shelters. Over the years, the service has evolved to include social work, dental care, nursing participation, health and parenting workshops, education and research and interactive parent-child development activities.

The weekly “CHOP night” medical visits are a wonderful opportunity for residents to connect with families experiencing homelessness and provide primary care in a new and challenging setting. Many residents choose to incorporate HHI into their advocacy projects.

Refugee Health Clinic

The CHOP refugee health clinic prepares residents to provide high quality pediatric primary care for immigrant families who have recently arrived in the United States. It is a community partnership with the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS), a refugee relocation organization that has recently resettled Burmese, Bhutanese, Iraqi, and Sudanese refugees.

Residents learn about the refugee process, population-specific screening tests, basic work up of common medical problems of a given population, and effective use of interpreter services.

Puentes de Salud Clinic

Puentes de Salud is a nonprofit organization that promotes the health and wellness of South Philadelphia’s rapidly growing Latino immigrant population through high-quality healthcare, innovative educational programs, and community building. CHOP residents can volunteer at this bi-monthly clinic to see children for both well and acute visits, offering needed services for children and families who have limited access to medical care.

Reviewed on April 30, 2014