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South Philadelphia Cambodian Community 2017 Penn Medicine CAREs Grant Recipient

The Cambodian Association of Greater Philadelphia (CAGP) strives to improve the social, economic, health and educational well-being of Philadelphia’s Cambodian refugees and their families. We visited their headquarters in South Philadelphia and learned about the role the organization played in helping Hien Thach, a patient access manager at Pennsylvania Hospital, when her family came to Philadelphia in 1991. CAGP received a Penn Medicine CAREs Grant.

SAMs Community 2017 Penn Medicine CAREs Grant Recipient

Sports and mentoring student community, or SAMs Community, enhances the social, emotional, physical and personal development of youth and give them a sense of stewardship through service learning. The organization hosts events on the 38-acre New Covenant Church campus in Mt. Airy. Tutoring, life-skills workshops, fitness clinics, and community service activities. “Our vision is to help students have the ability to pursue their passions and help them find their light,” said Samantha Grannum, an administrative coordinator for Penn Medicine’s Clinical Care Associates. SAMs Community is a Penn Medicine CAREs recipient.

Hearts United Against Cancer 2017 Penn Medicine CAREs Grant Recipient

Hearts United Against Cancer (HUAC), a non-profit in Southern New Jersey, delivers comfort in the form of care packages to women, men, and children who are fighting cancer. Here, Sharon Civa, an information technology officer, chronicles her experience receiving a bundle and what it meant to her in her cancer battle. HUAC is also a Penn Medicine CAREs recipient. Started in January 2012, Penn Medicine CAREs recognizes and provides grant funding to faculty, student, and/or staff efforts to improve the health of the community and increase volunteerism in community-based programs. These programs have addressed health disparities, provided care to seniors, administered free medical care to homeless in Philadelphia, helped fund medical care for uninsured and underinsured, and more.

University City Hospitality Coalition 2017 Penn Medicine CAREs Grant Recipient

Incorporated in 1987, University City Hospitality Coalition (UCHC) provides hot meals five nights a week and sandwiches on Saturday for poor and homeless individuals in West Philadelphia. On Wednesdays, a medical clinic staffed by a doctor and medical students from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania delivers critically needed care, including blood pressure screenings, vaccinations, and general examinations, that may otherwise be unavailable to this population. Visit for more information. UCHC recently received a Penn Medicine CAREs grant to purchase medication and blood sugar screening devices and supplies for the diabetic patients that come to the clinic for care.

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