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Freedom Rings Partnership

More than 40 percent of Philadelphia residents do not have Internet access – a prerequisite to being an informed and engaged citizen in today's digital age.

Drexel University is responding to this urgent need through its participation in the Freedom Rings Partnership, a multi-year initiative to bring Internet access, training, and technology to residents in underserved communities. The project, which is led by the Urban Affairs Coalition and the City of Philadelphia's Office of innovation and Technology, in partnership with 13 community based organizations, provides hands-on training to residents across Philadelphia.

The Freedom Rings Partnership will reach over 100,000 low-income Philadelphians, including children, the unemployed, housing authority residents and seniors, with information about the importance of broadband to their daily lives; provide hands-on training to at least 15,000 people at over 130 locations citywide, including 77 public computer centers; and distribute 5,000 netbooks to public housing residents who complete technology skills training.

In August of 2011, Drexel University graduated more than 100 Philadelphia Housing Authority residents from the Freedom Rings Partnership's first class. The graduating students went through eight-hour trainings at the Community College of Philadelphia as part of a multi-year initiative. After the graduation ceremony, 101 new netbooks were given to the graduates by Drexel students.

The Chinatown Clinic

The Chinatown Clinic of Drexel University College of Medicine provides free health evaluations, referrals, and management of certain chronic conditions for newcomers without health insurance. The clinic is located at the Holy Redeemer Chinese Catholic Church at 10th and Vine Streets in Philadelphia's Chinatown. The mission of the Chinatown Clinic, in partnership with the community, and within the limits of available resources, is to provide caring, nonjudgmental, interdisciplinary healthcare to the medically underserved, regardless of ability to pay.

The clinic strives to address community factors, especially language and cultural barriers that affect health and access to health care. In addition to support from Drexel, collaborative relationships include Community Legal Services of Philadelphia, Hahnemann University Hospital, Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions, City of Philadelphia Department of Health, and University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine.


11th Street Family Health Services Center

The 11th Street Family Health Services of Drexel University is a comprehensive, nurse-managed health center run by the College of Nursing and Health Professions in partnership with Family Practice and Counseling Network.

The center is the result of a 14-year partnership between Drexel's College of Nursing and Health Professions and residents of four public housing developments along the 11th Street corridor in North Philadelphia. The aim of the partnership is to improve the health status of the residents in this underserved community and build with them a place of their own where health care is delivered in response to their identified needs.

In recent years, the 11th Street Health Center has successfully established its Healthy Living Center programs. The programs reduce risk factors for disease and help patients better manage existing conditions. Diabetes education, self-efficacy programs, nutrition education, fitness, cooking classes, and behavioral health group support are the core program elements of the Healthy Living Center.

In 2011, 11th Street Family Health Services was identified to participate in a second round of surveys as a model to discover how integrative medicine is being practiced throughout the U.S. The center participated in a phase one study of over 50 clinical sites using integrative practice.

The Mapping Study, performed by The Bravewell Collaborative, will assess the emergence and usage of integrative medicine within the health care system over the past decade. Study results are to be completed by researchers in 2011 and will provide health care systems and payors with the opportunity to understand which models of care have the greatest potential to improve Americans' health and well-being and reduce costs.