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 time 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.


2021 BTG CHIP Community Partners – University of Pennsylvania

  • A Book a Day (ABAD) partnership with Penn Dental

  • American Heart Association

  • American Lung Association in Pennsylvania  

  • Beyond Literacy (BeLit)

  • Corporal Michael J. Crescenz VA Medical Center 

  • Covenant House Pennsylvania

  • Hall Mercer, Community Behavioral Health Center

  • Healthy NewsWorks

  • HIAS and Council Migration Services of Philadelphia

  • HMS, School for Children with Cerebral Palsy 

  • Impact Services 

  • John C. Anderson Apartments


  • No More Secrets

  • Philadelphia Family Pride

  • Philadelphia FIGHT, Primary Care 

  • Prevention Point Philadelphia

  • Public Citizens for Children and Youth (PCCY)

  • Sankofa Community Farm at Bartram’s Garden

  • Smith Memorial Playground & Playhouse

  • Southwest Community Development Corporation, Patterson School

  • St. Christopher's Hospital for Children, Center for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CCYSHCN)

  • Students Run Philly Style

  • U City Green

  • WorkReady

See 2021 Project Summaries

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 

Zvi Gellis, PhD, School of Social Policy & Practice

Joan I. Gluch, PhD, RDH, School of Dental Medicine

Ann L. O’Sullivan, PhD, FAAN, CPNP, School of Nursing

Christopher Renjilian, MD, School of Medicine

Brittany Watson, VMD, PhD, School of Veterinary Medicine

Lucy Wolf Tuton, PhD, Executive Director, Bridging the Gaps