About Up and Running Health
Up and Running Healthcare Solutions LLC provides healthcare case management to homeless individuals. Our program of services provides individuals experiencing homelessness in Philadelphia with the tools, partnerships, and support that they need to achieve their health goals.
Our organization seeks to mitigate the effects that the social determinants of health can have on homeless individuals’ health. These social determinants include the factors of where people live, work, sleep, play and pray and the impacts that can have on their health. We are addressing these determinants using Community Health Workers, specially trained individuals who can understand homeless health and care delivery on a personal level.
We seek to work with individuals who have fallen into homelessness to assist them in achieving their health goals as one step towards getting Up and Running.
Up and Running is funded by the University of Pennsylvania's President's Engagement Prize.
To improve the health of homeless individuals in Philadelphia by addressing the complex systemic barriers impacting health and care delivery.
Ian McCurry, BSN, RN
Co-Founder & Board Chair
Ian McCurry is originally from Somerset, Massachusetts, and he moved to Philadelphia to pursue his Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Pennsylvania.
Ian’s experience providing homeless healthcare stems from regular engagement through the outreach mission at Old First Reformed Church. In this setting, he was exposed to health delivery issues that impact Philadelphia’s homeless individuals. He has worked as a volunteer coordinator leading volunteers to serve 80 homeless individuals and provide episodic case management services. Ian also worked as a research assistant with Penn Nursing’s Center for Health Equity Research and currently serves as a hospital chaplain at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.
Marcus Henderson, BSN, RN
Co-Founder & Executive Director
Marcus Henderson is a Philadelphia native from Roxborough, a neighborhood in the northwest section of the city. Marcus graduated from Franklin Learning Center High School and went on to obtain his Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Pennsylvania.
As an undergraduate, Marcus developed a passion for community and public health through his work as a Research Assistant in Penn Nursing's Center for Health Disparities Research and his placement as a school nurse at a Philadelphia high school in Kensington. In those settings, Marcus was exposed to the social determinants of health and the health inequities individuals face in their communities. From those experiences, Marcus realized he wanted to devote his career to helping individuals and families thrive within their communities. In addition, Marcus brings experience from serving on nonprofit healthcare and nursing boards.