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The Edward R. Leahy, Jr. Endowment

The Leahy Community Health and Family Center

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Construction of the Leahy Community Health and Family Center (LCHFC), in McGurrin Hall, was completed in the spring of 2003 and was funded in part with a grant from U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration. Also in the spring of 2003, the dedication ceremony put forth the promise of innovative opportunities for faculty, students, and community to work together to fill gaps in health, wellness, and educational services to marginalized and underserved populations. Since this time, the LCHFC has actively sought to uncover gaps in services and work with community agencies and individuals to develop meaningful and sustainable responses to these needs.


Integral to the Panuska College of Professional Studies' mission is the belief that all disciplines should be taught and understood through a balance of theory and practice in the context of a Jesuit tradition and spirit. The Leahy Community Health and Family Center is designed with this focus in mind. The Center is dedicated to the dual purpose of identifying and meeting the health and wellness needs of underserved individuals in the greater Scranton community while providing a place where faculty guide students in a practical educational experience.


The Leahy Community Health and Family Center envisions a community where all individuals have access to those services that help them achieve, improve, or maintain a quality of life that is consistent with optimal health and wellness. It is intended that the collaborative partnership between the community and The Leahy Community Health and Family Center will provide the resources necessary to support high quality service provision and applied learning.


The Leahy Community Health and Family Center will strive to fulfill its Mission and Vision Statements while using the following Value Statements as a guide:

  1. We value the Jesuit philosophy that understands the importance of educating men and women for others within a context that addresses the whole person (cura personalis).
  2. We value the significance of striking a balance between theory and practice, knowledge and application, learning and service.
  3. We value creating sustainable services and learning experiences that are imbedded in the curriculum and that meet the needs of community and academy.
  4. We value cultivating community partnerships that help identify health and wellness needs, help develop bridges for collaboration and access, and provide reciprocal learning experiences.

Community Partners

  • The Leahy Community Health and Family Center partners with agencies, groups, and individuals that have identified gaps in services to clients.
  • Require assistance to fill those gaps.
  • Have clientele who cannot access services to address the gaps through conventional means.
  • Wish to work with the LCHFC to develop programming and services.
  • Wish to develop collaborative relationships with faculty, staff, and students.

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