Community outreach is a key component of our mission at Penn State Health Children’s Hospital. We help improve the health of our community by supporting local organizers and educators.

Programs and education

From anti-bullying programs to the farmers market, we promote wellness in the community programs and classes through a variety of initiatives.

Injury prevention

Our Pediatric Injury Prevention Program and Safe Kids Dauphin County work to prevent the number and severity of childhood injuries through education and advocacy.

Programs include:

  • Child safety seat inspection stations
  • Bike and sport safety
  • Safe Sitter, a babysitter training class

Educators in the program can also present on a variety of safety and injury prevention topics at school or community events.

PRO Wellness Center

Part of the Penn State College of Medicine, the PRO Wellness Center is committed to educating and inspiring youth and their families to live healthier lives through exercise and proper nutrition. Through the Kohl’s Healthy Champions Program, the center partners with schools to prevent obesity. Participants are recognized as champions and are equipped with resources to practice good nutrition and active living.

Center for Protection of Children

The Center for the Protection of Children brings together a team of pediatricians, researchers, educators, lawyers, psychologists, social workers, and bioethicists to conduct child abuse research, education, and advocacy. The center operates a clinic for the medical and mental health needs of vulnerable children and runs the Look Out for Child Abuse website, which includes Pennsylvania's only web-based tool for reporting suspected abuse.