top of page


CHIP Eligibility


University of Pittsburgh students who have completed the equivalent of one year in the following graduate programs are eligible to participate in the Bridging the Gaps Community Health Internship Program (some exceptions are made depending on prior experience):

  • School of Public Health

  • School of Dental Medicine

  • School of Medicine

  • School of Nursing

  • School of Pharmacy

  • School of Social Work

  • School of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences


Pittsburgh Students who meet the eligibility criteria must:


2023 BTG CHIP Community Partners – University of Pittsburgh

  • Center of Life

  • Council of Three Rivers American Indian Center (COTRAIC)

  • Dragon's Den

  • Peoples Oakland 

  • Sojourner House

  • Voices Against Violence

  • Youth Enrichment Services (YES)


See 2023 Project Summaries

BTG Advisory Board – University of Pittsburgh

Julia Donnelly, MPH, Reimagine Reentry

Debbie Gallagher, MEd, Council of Three Rivers American Indian Center – Early Head Start

Rev. Tim Smith, Center of Life

Maureen Anderson, EdD, Gwen’s Girls

De’netta Benjamin-Miller, LCSW, Sojourner House

Sharon Connor, PharmD, School of Pharmacy

Thuy Bui, MD, School of Medicine

Martha Terry, PhD, School of Public Health

Mary Goldberg, PhD, School of Health and Rehab Sciences

Community Preceptors:

Sarah Crawshaw, MEd

Debbie Gallagher, MEd

Allison Haley, LCSW

Karen Upsher-Williams, MSW

Ives Letzo

Emmanuela Abraham, MPH

Deanna Sinex, PhD

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

Bridging the Gaps Program Faculty and Staff

Thistle Elias, DrPH, MPA 
University of Pittsburgh

BTG Program Director

Brandi Boak, BS, CNP

Graduate School of

Public Health
6123 Public Health
Pittsburgh, PA  15261

Alda Gonzaga, MD, MS
University of Pittsburgh 
School of Medicine

bottom of page