Community Outreach

A smiling medical student assists a patient at the LionCare Tyrone Student-Run Community Medical Clinic.

Outreach to our local community is key to the Penn State College of Medicine experience.

From participation in a collaborative workgroup to identify the health needs in the area, to our student-run LionCare medical clinics, Penn State College of Medicine faculty, staff and students help make the greater Hershey area a better and healthier place to live and work.

Our Community Outreach Projects


LionCare, founded in January 2002, is a free clinic run and staffed by medical students from Penn State College of Medicine.

The goal of LionCare is to provide free health services to the uninsured and underinsured population of the greater Harrisburg region while providing an engaging educational experience for our students.

LionCare operates clinics in both Harrisburg and Tyrone, PA.

Community Health Needs Assessment

For its 2018 Community Health Needs Assessment, the third such assessment conducted by entities of Penn State Health, the health system formed a collective workgroup that included Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Penn State Health St. Joseph Medical Center, Pennsylvania Psychiatric Institute and key community stakeholders to identify and address the needs of residents living in Berks, Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster and Lebanon counties.

The study culminated with the identification and prioritization of the most pressing health issues that impact residents within the five-county service area. Information collected through the assessment is used to inform community benefit investments, guide health improvement initiatives and advance population health management strategies.

Learn more about the needs assessment findings.

PRO Wellness

Penn State PRO Wellness is committed to educating and inspiring youth and their families to eat well, engage in regular physical activity, and become champions for bringing healthy choices to life.

This group travels throughout the state in the Children's Hospital mobile unit to provide educational programming on a variety of family wellness topics, and also provides schools, communities and like-minded organizations with program development and implementation, assessment and evaluation, capacity building, technical assistance, collaborative partnerships and access to proven wellness interventions.

Smoking Cessation Classes

Free smoking cessation classes are offered at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.

Call the Careline at 800-243-1455 to register and learn more about upcoming classes.

Additional support is available through the Penn State QUITLINE at 877-724-1090 or

Other Ways to Get Involved

In addition to the LionCare student-run health clinic, students in the College of Medicine also volunteer with:

  • Big Brothers/Big Sisters
  • Hershey-area nursing homes
  • Ronald McDonald House
  • Child Life at Penn State Children's Hospital
  • Shalom House Women's Shelter
  • Bethesda Missions Men's Homeless Shelter
  • Cenacle Children's Shelter
  • Central PA Food Bank
  • Blood drives
  • Adopt-A-Highway Project
  • AIDS Awareness educational programs
  • Family Practice Interest group Tar Wars elementary school smoking-prevention program
  • Nittany Lions vs. Lambs Relay Fundraiser
  • Make-A-Wish Foundation
  • Jewish Family Services
  • Habitat For Humanity
  • Hospice of York County
  • The Salvation Army
  • Special Olympics
  • American Cancer Society

Prospective or current College of Medicine students or investigators who want to get involved with any of these organizations can call 717-531-8563.

Partner Organizations

Four Diamonds Fund

The mission of Four Diamonds is to conquer childhood cancer by assisting children treated at Penn State Children's Hospital and their families through superior care, comprehensive support, and innovative research.

Any family with a child being treated for pediatric cancer at Penn State Children's Hospital in Hershey is automatically eligible for support.

The Fund has helped more than 2,000 families since 1972. Approximately 90 new families receive support each year.

Children's Miracle Network

Children's Miracle Network is an international non-profit organization that has affiliations with 170 children’s hospitals. Children’s Miracle Network at Penn State Children’s Hospital serves the Harrisburg, Lancaster, Lebanon and York region.

Children's Miracle Network's mission is to raise funds for children’s services and create community awareness of children’s issues. All money raised by CMN goes directly toward patient services, research, equipment, program services and educational resources at Penn State Children’s Hospital in Hershey.