Resources for the Community

Penn State and the Clinical and Translational Science Institute believe providing education for and engaging the community in research is one of the fundamental principals of public health. Community engagement means involved community members in all activities from identifying relevant issues and making informed decisions about how to address them, to evaluating and sharing research with the community. Penn State has a variety of programs and resources that actively provide education and seek the input of the communities we serve.

Community Health Library 
Health library open to patients located on the campus of Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. 

Classes and Support Groups
The Department of Family and Community Medicine at Penn State College of Medicine and Milton S. Hershey Medical Center facilitates a variety of support groups and classes for the community. 

A free online service that lets you establish a unique, private and secure webpage for yourself, family and friends for are hospitalized to order to share updates, send and receive messages, share patient information and post photos. 

A free clinic run and staffed by medical students from Penn State College of Medicine located in Downtown Harrisburg next to the Bethesda Mission. 

Mini Medical School 
A lecture series for adults and high school students to learn about important trends in medicine and health. 

Penn State Cooperative Extension
Penn State’s Cooperative Extension system helps people, businesses and the community solve problems, develop skills and build a better future. 

Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center Community Outreach
Community Outreach at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center serves as an access point for educational outreach, partnerships, etc throughout the academic health system. 

Penn State Cancer Institute – Smoking Cessation Program 
Free smoking cessation classes are offered at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. 

Penn State Extension – Nutritional Information and Resource Center 
The Penn State Extension offers resources, workshops and seminars on nutrition, diet and health. 

Penn State Hershey PRO Wellness Center
Penn State Hershey PRO Wellness Center is a resource to educate and inspire youth and their families to to eat well, engage in regular physical activity and become champions for bringing healthy choices to life. 

Penn State Outreach 
Penn State Outreach provides access to the University’s rigorous undergraduate, graduate programs, non-credit programs for adult students studying from a distance and improving the welfare of communities across the Commonwealth, nation and world.