Heather A. Klusaritz, PhD, MSW

Director of Community Health Services, Penn Medicine Center for Health Equity Advancement & Director of Community Engagement, Penn Center for Public Health, University of Pennsylvania

Courses Taught

PUBH 5050 Public Health Policy & Administration, PUBH 5880 Advanced Leadership Skills in Community Health, & PUBH 7080 Capstone I

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Soccer, Urban Gardening, & Why I really should be at the beach

Brief Bio

I am the Director of Community Health Services for the Penn Medicine Center for Health Equity Advancement, the Director of Community Engagement for the Penn Center for Public Health, and a faculty member in the Department of Family Medicine & Community Health. I am passionate about bridging the divide between academic health systems and the communities they serve, with a focus on creating mutually beneficial sustained partnerships in which community voice is centered. I employ community-based participatory and qualitative methodologies to identify best practices in health care and public health service delivery to meet community health needs. My current research centers on health system design to improve access to care for historically and contemporarily marginalized populations and eliminate disparities in access and outcomes.