2021 Community Impact Report

Our work outside the hospital walls to improve children's health

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Trusted Source of Vaccine Information

The pandemic only elevated the value and reach of CHOP’s Vaccine Education Center.

Automated External Defibrillator CPR Infographic

Rec Centers Prepared for Cardiac Arrest

Every Philadelphia recreation center now has an automated external defibrillator and trained staff because of Youth Heart Watch.

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Vaccinating Teachers to Help Kids

CHOP vaccinated 19,000 school personnel so Philadelphia kids could get back into classrooms and daycares.

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Picture This!

Vibrant, interactive murals in CHOP primary care exam rooms spark interaction and help clinicians assess kids.

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Serving Food — and Love

CHOP supported a free family dinner program in Chester County to support food-insecure families and a local culinary school.

Project Be-WEHL Helps Kids Be Well

BE-WEHL is an in-home wellness program that includes mindfulness, deep breathing, yoga and infant or child massage.

Meeting Unmet Needs

CHOP was recognized with the Civic 50 honor in recognition of employees who use their time, skills and resources to drive social impact.

Fighting Health Inequities with the Law

CHOP’s Family Justice Partnership was recognized for helping families resolve health-related legal issues.

Dream Team: iSTEM and First Hand

Health Hackers curriculum brings STEM education to under-resourced youth.

“From warding off the long-term effects of trauma with neighborhood-based counseling to vaccinating 19,000 school personnel against COVID-19 so kids could get back in the classroom, our programs in the community, with the community, strive to improve the health of children right where they live.”

Madeline Bell

President and CEO of Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia


CHOP Volunteers Make Camp Special

CHOP volunteers make camp a reality for many kids with special medical needs.

Using Basketball to Boost Brains

If you want to engage teenagers — especially teenage boys — start with basketball.

Support for the Diabetes Team

Community health workers work with families to help them overcome social challenges.

Linking Physical and Financial Health

Co-locating free tax return preparation with primary care helps families take control of their finances.

Combatting the Opioid Epidemic

The opioid epidemic is hitting Philadelphia hard. CHOP, in partnership with the Poison Control Center, is doing something about it.

Sip City

Dr. Greg Tasian joined a coalition that resulted in the installation of three hydration stations in Philadelphia public schools.

Combating Hunger, One Free Meal at a Time

Working with the Community Relations team, CHOP's ED developed a partnership with the Archdioceses of Philadelphia to make and bring meals to patients.

Helping Families Where They Are

CHOP primary care offices partner with Our Closet to give patients’ closets a boost with free clothes.

South Philly Synergy Benefits Kids’ Health

Working with the librarian, South Philadelphia primary care nurse engages kids to teach about health and wellness.

Having Fun While Saving Lives

Two groups from CHOP used a community-wide event to educate people on how to perform CPR and use AEDs.

Knowledge Is Power

Extra education in native language helps parents understand how and when to administer medications to reduce medication error risks.

A Piece of Peace

The Garden at Karabots offers a tranquil place to relax before and after appointments.

Beyond Medicine: Easing Stress and Pain

Oncology patients can try massage or yoga to help them get through cancer treatments.

A Look Back, Way Back

If you’d like to explore our reports going back to 2012, we have them available just a click away.

Our Financial Commitment

When all of the programs and services that Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia provides to the communities we serve are combined, the cost is more than $470 million in fiscal year 2021.