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Healthy Democracy Pennsylvania

Mobilizing the health care community to register patients to vote.

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Vote Health Pennsylvania!

Vote Health Pennsylvania is a state based mobilization leveraging healthcare providers, hospitals, medical schools, and clinics through out the state of Pennsylvania to help register their patients to vote.

Our Theory of Change

Theory of Change Social Media Final Millions of potential voting-age Pennsylvanians are not registered to vote. This group is disproportionately made up of the young, the poor, and people of color, the very same groups that are most hurt by our broken healthcare system. Each year, there are 20 million visits to ERs, clinics, and health centers across Pennsylvania. Helping these patients vote in health care settings is the key to inviting this hard to reach population into the democratic process.

Health Care Provider Mobilization in Pennsylvania

IMG 3413 min Vot-ER has mobilized over 3,610 health care providers in Pennsylvania who have Healthy Democracy Kits and use them on a regular basis to help their patients check their voter registration, register to vote, or get a mail in ballot to vote from home. These Vot-ER members are physicians, medical students, nurses, and social workers who each and every shift in the hospital – see the health inequities that stem from a democratic process where millions of voting-age eligible adults aren’t registered to vote and don’t have a seat at the table.

Hospital and Clinic Sites

Throughout Pennsylvania, we partner with over 45 different health systems, hospitals, and clinics that provide direct clinical care to patients in the state. We aim to grow this list to 200 partners in the lead up to the 2022 election cycle.

Jefferson Health- Northeast
Lutheran Settlement House
Spectrum Health Services, Inc.
Einstein Healthcare Network
Neumann University
Penn Medicine
Delaware Valley Community Health, Inc.
Alder Health
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia
Philadelphia Department of Public Health
The 9th Street Free Clinic
Family Practice & Counseling Network
Welsh Mountain Health Centers
Lancaster Health Center
ChesPenn Health Services
Family Practice & Counseling Network Abbottsford Falls
UPMC (University of Pittsburgh Physicians)
Crozer Chester Medical Center
Squirrel Hill Health Center
Innovative Therapy Pittsburgh
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Philadelphia Retina Associates
Grand View Health
University of Pennsylvania
Abington Jefferson Health
Thomas Jefferson University Hospital
The Wright Center
Temple University Hospital
Thomas Jefferson University
Family First Health
UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children
Crozer Keystone Healthsystem
Reading Hospital
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine Erie Campus
Tower Health
Thomas Jefferson University Division of Hospital Medicine
Lewis Katz School of Medicine, Temple University
Jefferson Hospital Medicine
Women’s Behavioral Health
Penn State
Drexel University
Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine

These sites currently register patients using three different Vot-ER programs:


Penn Kiosk sign Posters and discharge paperwork at hospitals, health centers, and clinics across Pennsylvania used to register patients to vote.

Healthy Democracy Kits

Screenshot 2021 05 14 at 18.38.59 Used by providers to prompt patients in the moment to take an action related to civic engagement. It includes a “Ready to Vote?” lanyard and a voter registration badge.


telelhatl-2-1 Supports hospitals and community health centers to engage patients through SMS.

Healthy Democracy Campaign 2021

School-Specific Badges Give Us the Ability To Track Engagement in Medical Schools Across Pennsylvania!

Screenshot 2021 05 14 at 18.38.59 Each medical school in Pennsylvania gets access to free Healthy Democracy Kits and resources like posters, handouts, and flyers that are unique to their own school!

Statewide Scoreboard to Track Results!

Untitledasda We are proud to announce that we have the ability to track the number of voter registrations and mail-in ballot requests that each individual school is able to produce! This will allow us to crown a winner in Pennsylvania.

Read about our Pennsylvania progam in the press!

Philadelphia Magazine Penn Medicine News Metro Philadelphia Einstein Healthcare Network