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REACH stands for Research and Equity in Academic-Community Partnerships for Health

REACH is an initiative at Penn to make it easier for community and academic partners to find one another and create a successful and sustainable partnership.

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Latest Past Events

Connect with REACH at Venture Café Philadelphia

Venture Café Philadelphia 3675 Market Street, 3rd Floor, Philadelphia

Research & Equity in Academic-Community Partnerships for Health (REACH) is an initiative at the University of Pennsylvania that fosters successful, sustainable, and equitable community-academic partnerships.


13th Annual Community Driven Research Day

Drexel University DiPiero Grant Meeting Room, Rm 221 3220 Market Street, Philadelphia

COMMUNITY-DRIVEN RESEARCH DAY encourages collaborations between researchers and community-based organizations (CBOs) and community groups who have research questions that they are interested in answering, specifically in ways that address social […]

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The leaders of REACH have worked towards building better community-academic partnerships for decades.

But don’t just take their word for it…


“They give you the tools, the knowledge, and the language. So when you start talking to an academic partner, you say to yourself ‘oh – I know what that is’ and ‘oh – I’ve done that before.’ You feel prepared.”

William Kaplan, M.A.

Multicultural Community Family Services, Inc.