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    We Can Change the World

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    undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students at the University, which consists of 10 colleges and 3 schools with programs in architecture, business, design, engineering, fashion and textiles, health, medicine and social science

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    continents and scores of countries where students and faculty are engaged in projects and collaborative research programs as part of the Global Jefferson program

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    undergraduate and graduate programs and $201 million in sponsored research awards with a growing portfolio in basic/programmatic, clinical, applied and population research

    We see our clinical and academic advances affecting countless people every day. By making a difference one person at a time, we’re changing the world.

    Our A Better Start preventive health education program has provided comprehensive and multicultural prenatal, parenting and health education services at hospital sites, within local schools and throughout the community. The primary focus is to help multicultural populations develop healthy eating habits and improve physical activity. Last year, we provided programming to 6,000 pre-school children, 13,000 school-age children and 1,000 adults.

    Our Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center’s mobile screening van evaluated over 1,000 women for breast cancer — with nearly 60% from underrepresented populations. Abnormal results were identified in 16% of those screened, and six lives were saved. The team has organized over 130 mobile visits in the past two years to provide community-based breast and prostate screenings.

    In collaboration with Sidney Kimmel Medical College and health professions students and faculty, JeffHOPE focuses on improving access to health care for the homeless and housing insecure by providing free medical clinics. They offer acute care, emotional support and health education. Now in its 30th year, JeffHOPE sees over 5,000 patients annually.

    "Being a force for good is in Jefferson’s DNA, and as Mahatma Gandhi said: ‘The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.’ This couldn’t be truer of our employees and students — amazing citizens who are passionate about their grassroots initiatives to improve the lives of others. Their work is meaningful, purposeful and personal. I would be hard pressed to find anyone in the Jefferson family who isn’t involved in some kind of charitable effort. Some of these efforts are counted through our official community benefit report, but there are many other ways we demonstrate our commitment, every day."

    Joseph G. Cacchione, MD CEO, Jefferson