Welcome to the UD Partnership for Healthy Communities

The UD Partnership for Healthy Communities envisions healthy, thriving communities for everyone in Delaware and beyond, focusing on communities that experience health inequities. 

We work to advance this vision through effective community partnerships and by strengthening the University’s capacity for community-engaged scholarship.

What is a healthy community?

A healthy community goes beyond quality medical care and is reflected in the social and environmental factors that promote well-being. It is a place where all are free from discrimination and oppression, and there is equitable access to the resources needed for optimal health.

What are the social and environmental factors that promote well-being?

  • Civic Engagement
  • Arts and Culture
  • Public Education
  • Healthcare Services
  • Recreation & Opportunities to Socialize
  • Healthy & Safe Physical Environments
  • Employment
  • Public Transportation
  • Housing
  • Community Services


​The Partnership for Healthy Communities (PHC) is one of several partnerships of the Community Engagement Initiative (CEI)

The Community Engagement Initiative (CEI) was launched in 2015, when the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching designated UD as a community engaged university. CEI is charged with prime responsibility for carrying out the University of Delaware Civic Action Plan, the University’s strategic vision for community engagement. 


Equity in Action

Equity in Action

On April 18 and 19, the University of Delaware’s Partnership for Healthy Communities (PHC) participated in the Moving Delaware Forward: From Equity Awareness to Action Equity Action Summit. The PHC collaborated with advocates, leaders, and changemakers over two...

Posters at the Provost’s Symposium

Posters at the Provost’s Symposium

On March 14, 2024 UD’s Epidemiology students and faculty showcased their community-driven public health research at the 5th Annual Provost's Symposium on Engaged Scholarship. Their dedication, passion, and innovation continues to drive impactful change in...

Threats to Public Health Workers

Threats to Public Health Workers

Newly published research resulting from a longitudinal study by primary investigator Jen Horney, founder of UD’s Epidemiology program, shows threats to public health workers during the COVID-19 pandemic nearly doubled after the vaccine was released

We’re now a Healthy People 2030 Champion!

We’re excited to work with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) and join the Healthy People 2030 Champion Program.
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