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University of Pennsylvania


CHIP Eligibility


University of Pennsylvania Students who have completed their first year in the following schools are eligible to participate in the Bridging the Gaps Community Health Internship Program:​

  • School of Dental Medicine

  • School of Medicine

  • School of Nursing

  • School of Social Policy and Practice

  • School of Veterinary Medicine

  • Graduate Program in Public Health Studies and Law School at times have qualified to participate

Dental Students: Successful completion of the seven-week Community Health Internship Program provides academic credit for the Selective Program.

Medical Students: Successful completion of the seven-week Community Health Internship Program is noted on the medical students' transcripts and meets partial certificate requirement for: Bridging the Gaps Community Health Scholar; Community Health: IMPaCT Program; Global Health; Public Health in Medicine. Additionally, BTG CHIP satisfies Primary Care Pathway community requirement & Master of Public Health fieldwork requirement.

Nursing Students: Successful completion of the first clinical nursing course is an eligibility requirement.

Social Work Students: Successful completion of the seven-week Community Health Internship Program provides extracurricular service learning that includes working on a team, learning about interprofessional health and community-based health promotion.

Veterinary Students: Students interested should contact Brittany Watson to discuss the program and will apply through the scholarship committee. Independent credit is available.

ALL Disciplines: BTG satisfies coursework requirements for the University-wide Community Engaged STEM Certificate. Click here for more information about this certificate. 

Any student completing or planning to complete the MPH, please reach out to Nekia Rosado,  ( to ensure your BTG placement meets the field placement requirements. 

2023 BTG CHIP Community Partners – University of Pennsylvania

  • African Family Health Organization (AFAHO)

  • American Heart Association

  • Beyond Literacy (BeLit)

  • Children First

  • Corporal Michael J. Crescenz Veterans Affairs Medical Center 

  • Covenant House Pennsylvania

  • Educators for Education (E4E)

  • Get Fresh Daily 

  • Hall Mercer

  • HIAS Pennsylvania

  • HMS, School for Children with Cerebral Palsy  

  • Mothers In Charge, Inc. 

  • No More Secrets, Mind Body Spirit, Inc. 

  • Philadelphia Family Pride

  • Philadelphia FIGHT, Youth Health Empowerment Program

  • Prevention Point Philadelphia

  • Puentes de Salud

  • Smith Memorial Playground & Playhouse

  • Social Needs Response Team (SNRT) at Penn Medicine

  • Southwest Community Development Corporation Youth Day Camp

  • Students Run Philly Style

  • William Way Community Center


See 2023 Project Summaries

Applications for 2024 are now closed, please contact the Penn Program Directors for more details. 

Bridging the Gaps Program Faculty and Staff


Ellen Martinak, MS
University of Pennsylvania BTG Associate Director 

Bridget McCormick, MS 
University of Pennsylvania 

School of Medicine
Room 914 Blockley Hall,

423 Guardian Drive
Philadelphia, PA 19104


Louis M. Bell Jr., MD

School of Medicine

Hillary Bogner, MD, MSCE 

School of Medicine 

Johanna K.P. Greeson, PhD, MSS, MLSP

School of Social Policy & Practic

Ann L. O’Sullivan, PhD, FAAN, CPNP

School of Nursing


Abby Peterson, DMD 

School of Dental Medicine

Brittany Watson, VMD, PhD

School of Veterinary Medicine

Lucy Wolf Tuton, PhD 

Executive Director,

Bridging the Gaps 

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