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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


Pittsburgh Students who meet the eligibility criteria must:


2022 BTG CHIP Community Partners – University of Pittsburgh

  • Center of Life

  • Council of Three Rivers American Indian Center (COTRAIC)

  • Peoples Oakland 

  • Reimagine Reentry

  • Sojourner House

  • Voices Against Violence

  • Youth Enrichment Services - YES


See 2022 Project Summaries

BTG Advisory Board – University of Pittsburgh
Sharon Connor, PharmD, School of Pharmacy
Aliya Durham, MSW, MPIA, School of Social Work
Joan Harvey, MD, Associate Dean, Office of Student Affairs, School of Medicine
Ann Mitchell, PhD, RN, HNC, School of Nursing  
Tracy M. Soska, MSW, School of Social Work
Martha Ann Terry, PhD, Graduate School of Public Health
Rafa Ifthikar, medical student, BTG alumnus
Chelsey Lim, medical student, BTG alumnus
Mary Mekeal, social work student, BTG alumnus

Community Preceptors:

Allison Haley, LCSW

Danielle Chaykowsky

Deborah Gallagher, MEd

Donna Smith, MPM

Jasmine Davis

Julia Donnelly, MPH

Karen Upsher-Williams, MSW

Maureen Anderson, EdD

Richard Carrington Sr

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

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