Health and Wellness
Supporting neighborhood health and wellness is at the heart of the Dornsife Center’s mission. With a focus on health information and resources along with health-promoting activities, we are especially interested in the ways the health of a community intersects with housing, employment, and education. We support neighborhood wellness through dance and movement classes, workshops about interpersonal relationships and behavioral health, and food and nutrition related programming.
Make Autumn Chili with our Community Chef Brian Lofink
COMMUNITY WELLNESS HUB
Drexel's College of Nursing and Health Professions offers the Community Wellness Hub. A set of health promotion programs guided by direct community input, CNHP students work directly with residents to support needs around nutrition, chronic conditions like diabetes and high blood pressure, and behavioral health.
FOOD AND NUTRITION
Drexel's Department of Culinary Arts and Food Science offers cooking workshops with Community Chef Brian Lofink as well as more in-depth Side-by-Side culinary arts courses focusing on topics like family food traditions and healthy cooking techniques. The student-led Drexel Urban Growers manages our shared garden and welcomes anybody who would like to join in on harvest days: help with garden maintenance, weeding, watering, and harvesting, and take home a bag of fresh produce.
Our monthly community dinners are free and family-friendly. We offer a great meal, a celebration of local artists, opportunities for fellowship and connections with members of our shared community, and a book exchange. Everybody is welcome.
Pets are important family members, too, and we recognize that their healthcare costs can sometimes be a challenge. We partner with the Pennsylvania SPCA to offer basic pet care clinics featuring free and low-cost vaccinations, neutering, and wellness exams. The PSPCA also hosts periodic free pet food pantries.
EXERCISE AND MOVEMENT
We promote life-long movement and mobility in partnership with Drexel's Department of Performing Arts, who provide dance classes for ages 4 and up: creative movement, ballet, modern dance and choreography, and fitness for adults. The Drexel Recreation Center together with Drexel's Tae Kwon Do club offer martial arts classes for youth ages 7 - 18.
UConnect is an information, referral, and follow-up program that helps connect residents to a range of public benefits and resources, including food access and health services. UConnect navigators offer free of charge and confidential meetings to help participants identify the kinds of benefit programs they are eligible for, and help make those connections.