We believe that a comprehensive strategy to promote wellness in any community must also target the social determinants of health. Health services research has repeatedly demonstrated the positive effect of health literacy on medical outcomes. Our educational programs for community members serve as a vehicle for improving not only our community’s health literacy, but also tackling the social and environmental conditions that strongly impact their health.

Children’s Education

Programs are run by Puentes Hacia el Futuro (PHF). This branch of Puentes de Salud enhances our community’s health and wellness by providing innovative educational programming to children grades K-8 and their families. As education is the most important social determinant of health. Puentes Hacia el Futuro offers a variety of programs including STEM computer coding and Summer Literacy.

  • Early Childhood Development
  • After-School Program Mentoring
  • STEM Dragon Coders
  • Summer Literacy Camp

Adult Education

Programs include English as a Second Language and Financial Literacy. ESOL aims to equip students with the skills and confidence to speak and write English in every day settings. Financial Literacy is led by The Building Bridges to Wealth Program. “Participants develop leadership and business skills whether they strive to be entrepreneurs or simply want to create more opportunities for themselves in the workplace.

  • ESOL Program
  • Financial Literacy

Health Education

Programs address diabetes management, prenatal education, oral health and more. The Promotora program addresses a wide range of issues in the community, including diabetes prevention, cervical cancer prevention, prenatal care, obesity, and nutrition. The Charla Program features weekly discussions, or charlas, on a wide range of topics, led by volunteers in the clinic waiting room.

  • Promotora Program
  • Diabetes Management
  • Prenatal Education
  • Oral Health Education
  • Charla Program

Higher Education

We are hiring! We are currently accepting applications for the Nurse Practitioner Residency Program.

Working with underserved communities is often one of the most formative experiences that students undergo during their education. Over the last 10 years, Puentes de Salud has provided a venue for more than 500 students from surrounding universities to serve our community. Service-based learning is a powerful pedagogic tool in our teaching strategy. Puentes de Salud gives students the opportunity to serve South Philadelphia Latinos in two ways: by participating in their clinical care and by educational programs for patients and families.

  • Nurse Practitioner Residency Program
  • Intercambio Medico Cientifico