Urban Health

Contact

Name: James Plumb MD, MPH
Position: Vice-Chair, Community Medicine Director, Professor, Department of Family & Community Medicine

211 South 9th Street, Room 300

Telephone: 215-955-6340

Mission, Goals, Capabilities

The mission of the Center for Urban Health (CUH) is to improve the health and well being of Philadelphia citizens throughout the lifespan by marshalling the resources of Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals, Thomas Jefferson University and its Department of Family and Community Medicine (DFCM), and partnering with community organizations and neighborhoods.  The Center’s goal is to improve the health status of individuals and targeted communities and neighborhoods through a multi-faceted initiative, the ARCHES Project, which focuses on six domains/themes: Access and Advocacy; Research, Evaluation, and Outcomes Measurement; Community Partnerships and Outreach; Health Education, Screening and Prevention Programs; Education of Health Professions Students and Providers; and Service Delivery Systems Innovation. 

Through the ARCHES Project, the Center’s partners range from schools, homeless shelters, senior centers, faith-based communities and other broad-based efforts that recognize neighborhood economic, social, and physical environments as underlying determinants of health and disease. In addition, the Center undertakes more extensive assessments in partnership with community-based organizations to create programs that reflect community need, voice and culture.  Projects are planned and evaluated individually based on established baselines set from existing data, key informants, focus groups and new surveys conducted that address critical attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors, and community assets/resources such as human, economic and social capital.  

Services

  • Serves as a bridge between TJU/TJUH and urban neighborhoods, facilitating understanding and information sharing so as to improve health outcomes;
  • Facilitates collaborations between TJU/TJUH and urban neighborhoods around research, community projects, program planning/implementation and evaluation.
  • Improves the understandings of TJU/TJUH as they relate to the health needs and aspirations of the community; and concurrently, to improve the understandings of the community as to the work that TJU/TJUH does that has the promise of improving the health and wellbeing of the community.
  • Strengthens the capacity of the Philadelphia neighborhoods by bringing the knowledge and skills available through TJU/TJUH to community identified needs and issues;
  • Strengthens the academic offerings and opportunities within TJU as they relate to urban health and development;
  • Initiates and monitors sustainable, collaborative interventions that will improve the health and well-being of Philadelphia neighborhoods.

Urban Health

The Jefferson Center for Urban Health is designed to improve the health and well-being of Philadelphia citizens both young and old by marshaling the resources of Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals, Thomas Jefferson University and its Department of Family and Community Medicine, and partnering with community organizations and neighborhoods.

The Center's goal is to improve the health status of individuals and targeted communities/neighborhoods through a multifaceted initiative, the ARCHES Project, which focuses on six themes:

  • Access and Advocacy
  • Research, Evaluation and Outcomes Measurement
  • Community Partnerships and Outreach
  • Health Education, Screening and Prevention Programs
  • Education of Health Professions Students and Providers
  • Service Delivery Systems Innovation

The Center's partners range from schools, homeless shelters, senior centers, faith-based communities and other broad-based efforts that recognize neighborhood economic, social and physical environments as underlying determinants of health and disease. Further, the Center undertakes more extensive assessments in partnership with community-based organizations to create programs that reflect community need, voice and culture.

The Jefferson Center for Urban Health:

  • Serves as a bridge between Jefferson and urban neighborhoods, facilitation understanding and information sharing so as to improve health outcomes
  • Facilitates collaborations between Jefferson and urban neighborhoods around research, community projects, program planning/implementation and evaluation
  • Improves the understandings of Jefferson as they relate to the health needs and aspirations of the community; and at the same time, to improve the understandings of the community as to the work that Jefferson does that has the promise of improving the health and well-being of the community
  • Strengthens the capacity of the Philadelphia neighborhoods by bringing the knowledge and skills available through Jefferson to the needs and issues identified by the community
  • Strengthens the academic offerings and opportunities within Jefferson as they relate to urban health and development
  • Initiates and monitors sustainable, collaborative interventions that will improve the health and well-being of Philadelphia neighborhoods

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Center Leadership

James D. Plumb, MD,MPH
Academic Title: Professor
Director, Center for Urban Health

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