In Their Own Voices
Penn Medicine’s community initiatives have always been about real people helping real people. Through a wide array of community-focused programs, our physicians, nurses, residents, students and staff members work together to improve the health and well-being of those in need. In these videos, you’ll meet some of the people who have volunteered time and talent to these programs. Listen as they share their experiences in their own voices.
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Dr. Shreya Kangovi
Internist and Pediatrician
Dr. Shreya Kangovi grew up in India, where she observed lay people doing medical outreach work, going to homes to help the underprivileged with health care issues. Seeing these "community health workers" in India, Dr. Kangovi realized the United States could apply this same approach in needy communities.
This was her inspiration for the Patient-Centered Transition (PaCT) project, in which community residents help keep underprivileged patients on course after a hospitalization. In this video Dr. Kangovi recounts the case of a patient who was able to turn his life around with the assistance of one of these "natural helpers."
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