Research in the Department of Family and Community Medicine

Research at Penn State Hershey Family and Community Medicine has continued to grow exponentially in recent years. The research proposals generated within the department reflect both the diversity of our patient population and the vast spectrum of interests amongst our primary care clinician-researchers. Research areas include, to name a few, health disparities and underserved populations, medical education, patient self-support, primary care quality improvement, cancer survivorship, integrative medicine, caregiver support, and global health research in partnership with the Global Health Center.

A dedicated core of Research Project Managers within the department's Office of Outreach and Research actively support more than two dozen faculty clinician-researchers in identifying and pursuing funding opportunities matching each clinician's unique interest areas and assisting with project coordination and dissemination of findings. Penn State hershey Family and Community Medicine is also home to the Pennsylvania Area Health Education Center (AHEC) Program Office, whose mission is to help communities meet their primary health care needs by creating a statewide infrastructure bridging community and academic resources.

Penn State Hershey Family and Community Medicine has a strong history of collaborative research efforts with other departments including, but not limited to, General Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Sports Medicine, and Public Health Sciences. In particular, the Penn State Ambulatory Research Network was established to conduct primary care clinical research in connection with patient care, medical education, and community service. We welcome opportunities to forge new collaborations with new partners!