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BTG Authorization and Release Form (Adult)

BTG Authorization and Release Form (Minor)



• Mandated Reporting Maria Hervada Page, MSW, Thomas Jefferson University Passcode: #eP6?Lf^

• BTG Program Evaluation Ellen Martinak, MS, Bridging the Gaps Passcode: q^Bshq8r


• Introduction to Oral Health in the Bridging the Gaps Program, Joan I. Gluch, PhD, RDH, PHDHP Passcode: vH7jM@X4


Introduction to Health Literacy Tenets, Mary Ellen T. Miller PhD, RN, APHN-BC, DeSales University  Passcode: g30.YrxX



• Cessation/ Cardiovascular Disease and COVID, Ryan Coffman, MPH, CHES, CTTS-M, Tobacco Policy and Control Program Manager, Philadelphia Department of Public Health Passcode: Q2iw!2#A




Goal: To develop a better understanding of the community site in the context of the social determinants of health. Designed to help students understand the context in which their community site provides services.


Throughout the course of the seven weeks each BTG team will work together to learn more about the community services.  The below is designed to guide interns to a better understanding of their community site in the context of social determinants of health. 

·       Community organization: mission (and what does mission actually mean), guiding principles, theory of change, populations served (does the target population served live in that neighborhood?), personnel/staffing, services provided, board, funding, current challenges, current opportunities, organization’s smoking policy

·       Current collaborators, stakeholders - are there other collaborators that might be helpful?

·       Neighborhood: employment/unemployment percentages, income levels, resources (i.e. schools, after-school programs, parks, salons/barber shops, religious establishments, active businesses, etc.), challenges (i.e. # of bars, liquor stores, fast-food enterprises, amount of trash on streets, crime statistics, homeless shelters, abandoned homes, environmental challenges, etc.), COVID’s impact 

·       Zip code: Life expectancy, incidence of cardiovascular disease and other chronic illness, age-range of population (if population served does not live in that neighborhood, look at the neighborhood from which the most clients are from)

·     Equity: What structural barriers and inequities has the organization faced? How have those barriers and inequity impacted the ability of the organization to meet the needs of their constituents? 

What structural barriers and inequities have the clients of the organization faced? How have those barriers and inequities affect their ability to thrive?

·       COVID’s impact on community site and on population served

·       Relevance of Cardiovascular disease and smoking free policy to population served

STORYTELLING/NARRATIVE MEDICINE PROJECT:  Due July 19th submit to student coordinators 

Goal: For students to hear the perspective of the community from someone in the community.  

• Each student will work with their Community Preceptor to find an adult (18 or older) related to their site who is willing to engage with a BTG intern for sharing their story.  (For sites with minors, interns will connect with staff members or parents).  

• Medium open for students to create any kind of piece they want from this experience, eg , audio, video, painting, drawing, narrative, etc., on their experience talking and/or working with community members. 

With artistic pieces, students must include a brief description of their project (few sentences/one paragraph)

• Respect for patient privacy is an intrinsic part of the practice of narrative medicine and storytelling. Student should read the 2021 BTG Authorization and Release Form prior to presenting it to the interviewee. Students must obtain a signed BTG Authorization & Release form from the person(s) interviewed 




• Students must submit the work to Student Coordinators by July 19. Student Coordinators will coordinate a piece that highlights a representative mix of the work. The highlighted piece will be shared with students on the final Wednesday session July 28 and may be highlighted at the BTG Symposium in October. 

Suggested Topics/Prompts for Interviewing

  • What do you want people who don’t know about your community to learn about it?

  • What’s great about your community (what do you love about it)? 

  • Will you share a favorite memory of living in this community?

  • What are the resources and strengths of your community?

  • How have the events of the past month affected your community?

  • How has covid-19 affected your community?

  • What does cardiovascular health mean to you?

  • [use answer from above question to ask next question]

  • What resources in your community promote heart health/stress?

  • How have the events of the last month affected you?



CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE/SMOKING CESSATION/ ORAL HEALTH: Due July 19th submit to student coordinators 

Goal: For Students to incorporate into their projects when appropriate (see below OBJECTIVES)

During the core sessions, you will hear from presenters about Cardiovascular Disease (CVD), Smoking Cessation (SC) and Oral Health (OH) as it relates to the community. Given the prevalence of CVD, SC, OH in the communities you are serving BTG focuses on prevention/health promotion, when appropriate. Using the mentors and resources provided consider how best to incorporate the below objectives into your work at the site. (ALSO SEE RESOURCES CVD/SC/OH)

A group of the student coordinators will be tasked with coordinating an effort for BTG around CVD, SC, OH and you will be asked to share with them your CVD, SC, OH prevention/promotion work by July 19th.


Cardiovascular Disease

To raise awareness through health education 

To focus on topics related to cardiovascular disease prevention: healthy eating; exercise; stroke prevention and smoking cessation

To connect people to resources

Oral Health

To raise awareness of oral health’s relationship to overall health

To discuss topics related to oral health disease prevention

To connect people to oral health supplies and dental care resources

Smoking Cessation 

To raise awareness through health education 

To support sites in creating smoke free environments 

To support individuals in their effort to quit smoking 




Review the resources 

Speak to the Community Preceptor (CP) at the site about the BTG programmatic themes (CVD, OH & Smoking Cessation) and discuss what, if any, intervention would be appropriate. 


Smoking Cessation Initiative 

Help support a smoke free environment

Does the site have a documented policy on smoking?

If no, help the site think about developing a smoke free policy and connect them to resources at Smoke Free Philly. If yes, how can you improve the function or support the effort.

Offer to do an assessment of the site or the area surrounding the site to see if there are ways to better support a smoke free environment

Create a resource(s) the site can use

Help support individuals 

Raise awareness of the dangers of smoking, industry advertising, target markets, etc.

Provide resources for those wanting to quit (Quitline, tips on how to develop a quit plan, smokefree apps, info on nicotine replacement therapy, support, etc.)

Create a resource(s) the individual can use or/and share



At the beginning of the program Student Coordinators will create a social media calendar and share it with their affiliated schools. Each week will focus on a different topic and interns will be tasked with creating material for the BTG Program to post on social media platforms (Twitter & Instagram). June 23 at 8:30- 8:45AM student coordinators will share details and directions with the larger group. These posts will take the form of resources guides, infographics, helpful hints, fun facts, etc. It is a way to create meaningful content BTG can use throughout the summer and the remainder of the year. We suggest interns use the free website as a resource to create their content. Interns will save their post as a .png file, send it to their Student Coordinator who will then pass it along to the BTG Program Office where the content will be vetted and posted.  


Expectation: taken from BTG Student Agreement

Use of Social Media: You should be mindful that school policies, such as those related to professionalism and privacy, apply to both your offline and online activities.  Students are expected to act responsibly in their use of social media and to remain protective of client and community site information.  In addition, students who reference BTG in their postings should ensure that it is clear that views expressed are their own, and not those of the program.


Journal Submission:

Your Program Director will provide details about when and who to submit your weekly journals to.  


Guidelines for Journal Writing:

It is not designed as a log of daily activities, 

It is an opportunity to reflect on: personal experiences, work activities, problems, observations, questions, professional learning goals, agency strengths and weaknesses, program strengths and weaknesses, and ideas for future interventions and projects, 

The journals are not to be included or used in any other public domain (e.g. Blog, facebook, etc.) to respect confidentiality of colleagues and community,  

The expected length is one to two pages

Occasionally a UP BTG faculty member may request that you address specific issues in your journals.




Final Report Guidelines: 

Please review and reflect on your internship experience in a 4-6 page paper. Feel free to reference any of your journal entries that you think are particularly important.


Please reflect on what you have learned this summer about social injustice and inequities and the impact of that on:

a) your experience at your site

b) your own personal growth as you have gone through the experiences of BTG

c) the way you see your work in the future.  


Please also comment on: 

Work related to Cardiovascular Disease Prevention, including smoking cessation.

Include information that you learned about the community perspective of cardiovascular health.  

Work related to oral health 

Include information that you learned about the community perspective of oral health.

What did you learn from your interaction around the storytelling project?

How did the BTG experience affect your perspective on your career?


OTHER optional discussion points:

How has your understanding of community or community health been affected by your experience/knowledge gained in BTG?  If so, in what ways?

How has your perception of inter-professional teamwork been affected by your experience with BTG, if at all?

Were there projects or activities in which you participated/organized/initiated that challenged you in new ways? If so, could you describe these and tell us about why they challenged you?

Were there any activities that you led or in which you participated that made a particularly deep impression (for example, activities related to cardiovascular health, oral health) 

How did your perception or understanding of your site change over the summer? 

Do any Wednesday sessions stand out for you and if so, in what ways?


NOTE: Your final paper will be shared and excerpts may be used in funding materials. If an excerpt is selected you will be notified and permission requested.


TEAM EXPERIENCE SUMMARY/ SYMPOSIUM: Professional Presentation Materials (see Symposium section in student login)


CENTRAL TEXT: Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson your Program Director will provide you with an ebook.


EVALUATIONS AND QUESTIONNAIRES: completion of weekly and end of the program evaluations and questionnaires is a program requirement. Links will be sent via redcap.