Lion Care was founded in 2000 by medical students at Penn State College of Medicine to provide healthcare to the underserved community of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Each week student volunteers assist physicians in providing medical care to men, women and children at the Bethesda Mission.
The primary goals of Lion Care are to provide clinical experience for students during their pre-clinical years of medical school and to promote awareness and concern for the needs of the medically underserved. For more information see the Lion Care website.
In 2003, Lion Care was chosen by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and the Pfizer Medical Humanities Initiative (PMHI) to receive a one-year $8,000 "Caring for the Community" grant awarded to programs that provide healthcare services and education to indigent populations who are unable to access them by other means. Penn State College of Medicine was one of eight U.S. medical schools to receive this funding.