Community Partners

Independence Blue Cross

Independence Blue Cross is the leading health insurer in Southeastern Pennsylvania. With its affiliates, Independence Blue Cross serves more than 7.5 million people nationwide, including 2.2 million in the region.



Philadelphia Department of Public Health

The Philadelphia Department of Public Health functions to ensure conditions in which people can lead healthy lives. The mission of PDPH is to protect and promote the health of all Philadelphians and to provide a safety net for those most at risk. Maintaining partnerships with public health professionals, hospitals, academic institutions, community organizations, and people living and working in all of Philadelphia’s neighborhoods enables the PDPH to provide an array of essential services. These include disease control programs, maternal, child, and family health initiatives, environmental health programs, chronic disease prevention, eight comprehensive health centers, and more.



Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority serves Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia Counties. It is the largest transportation system in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the 6th largest in the nation.



The Food Trust

For more than 20 years, The Food Trust has been working to ensure that everyone has access to affordable, nutritious food and information to make healthy decisions. The Food Trust’s comprehensive approach includes improving food environments and teaching nutrition education in schools, working with corner store owners to increase healthy offerings and helping customers make healthier choices, managing farmers’ markets in communities that lack access to affordable produce and encouraging grocery store development in underserved communities.




University of Delaware’s Center for Research in Education and Social Policy

The Center for Research in Education and Social Policy (CRESP) conducts scientifically rigorous research about current educational and social policy issues to inform educational institutions, non-profit organizations, foundations and policymakers about the effectiveness of new and innovative programs and practices.