West Philadelphia

Understanding the pandemic classroom

Penn professors join the “Understand This ...” podcast to talk about the fall 2021 return to the classroom, reflecting on what students and educators have experienced during the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, while examining lessons from remote learning.

Brandon Baker

A unique but exemplary academic year: 2020-21 in review

A challenging yet successful year—Penn’s exceptional community of dedicated students, faculty, and staff overcame the world’s most significant obstacles to flourish, from outreach locally through volunteerism, to helping the world globally with mRNA technology. The 2021 academic year highlighted the best of Penn.

Tina Rodia

In the News

Philadelphia Inquirer

PennMed’s new Pavilion facility seeks to define the future of hospital care

After five years of construction, Penn Medicine will debut The Pavilion, a mammoth new care facility in University City that Penn officials said includes advanced and adaptable features and amenities to better tackle education and research as well as patient treatment. 


Philadelphia Business Journal

Penn plans to ramp up diverse, local spending for $1B annual procurement with new program

Chief procurement officer Mark Mills spoke about Penn’s Fueling Business Growth program, which seeks to increase the University’s spending with diverse and minority-owned Philadelphia businesses. “It's just the right thing to do,” he said. “We want to have a supply base that best matches the neighborhood in the city that we are in, so it only makes sense to have that reflected in how we buy.”


Boston Globe

The Boston Public Schools are in crisis. Harvard (or BC or MGH) can help

Penn Alexander was highlighted as an example of a successful partnership between higher education and local school districts.


Philadelphia Inquirer

Penn Medicine and PHMC take over at Mercy hospital in West Philly

The University of Pennsylvania Health System is now running the emergency department at the former Mercy Hospital in West Philadelphia.


WHYY (Philadelphia)

Black and Hispanic Americans are most likely to miss health screenings due to COVID-19. A Penn physician is meeting the need

Carmen Guerra of the Perelman School of Medicine spoke about the structural and social barriers that have prevented communities of color from getting screened for cancer, even before the pandemic. Guerra and her colleagues have created a colorectal cancer screening navigation program to help remedy this disparity in West Philadelphia.


The New York Times

What are the greatest 2,020 songs ever? Philadelphia is deciding

WXPN is airing a countdown of the greatest 2,020 songs, as decided by their listeners.