BTG Mission

Bridging the Gaps links the provision of health-related service for vulnerable populations with the interprofessional training of health and social service professionals.

Welcome from Lucy Wolf Tuton, PhD, BTG Executive Director

We want to welcome you to the 30th program year of the Bridging the Gaps Community Health Internship Program (BTGCHIP). You are participating in this program at a time when the world around us has been challenged by a confluence of factors that have galvanized the nation.  Each of us comes to this challenge with our own stories and perspectives.  What we ask of you this summer is to take this opportunity to listen to the voices of others, to communicate your own perspective, to reflect on what your contribution to the world can be and how it will fit into your professional role and your personal life.  

BTGCHIP is built on a rich collaboration of dedicated individuals and organizations.  This summer you will be introduced to extraordinary people who will offer you an opportunity to broaden your perspective about what constitutes health, quality of life and well-being, thus strengthening your ability to advocate for your future patients/clients. Our greatest hope is that BTG provides you with the knowledge and will to collaborate with others to work towards social justice and equity as you move forward in your careers. 


We look forward to working with you, as you build on the work of the 5,648 BTG Alumni who have preceded you, providing health related service for one of the 565 community organizations with whom we have partnered. 

Assignments: (SEE ASSIGNMENT DETAILS for more information)



• Cessation/ Cardiovascular Disease and COVID, Ryan Coffman, MPH, CHES, CTTS-M, Tobacco Policy and Control Program Manager, Philadelphia Department of Public Health

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• Mandated Reporting Maria Hervada Page, MSW, Thomas Jefferson University

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• BTG Program Evaluation Ellen Martinak, MS, Bridging the Gaps

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• Introduction to Program Themes: Cardiovascular Disease and Oral Health, Joan I. Gluch, PhD, 


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Dr. Ruth Shim on Structural Racism




Goal: To develop a better understanding of the community site in the context of the social determinate of health. 


STORY TELLING PROJECT:  Due July 20th submit to student coordinators 

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


CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE/SMOKING CESSATION/ ORAL HEALTH: Due July 20th submit to student coordinators 

Goal: For Students to incorporate into their projects when appropriate 




TEAM EXPERIENCE SUMMARY/ SYMPOSIUM: Professional Presentation Materials 


CENTRAL TEXT: Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates, e-book provided by BTG



Small Group:

Lead by a skilled facilitator Small Groups will focus on what students are learning through their community-based work as well as from all other components of the program:  BTG presentations, the students’ growing understanding of their community site, the storytelling project, articles, discussions, etc. Small Groups take place weekly during the Wednesday Curricular Sessions. 

Self-care Break:

Participation is optional, will take place during the Wednesday session breaks. Self–care breaks offer an opportunity to be active/mindful/relax, etc. BTG interns who would like to lead a session should contact Bridget McCormick ( 

Optional Resource Materials: 

Provided as additional support for your summer project

Course Schedule: zoom links will be sent by Bridget McCormick (

BTG 30th Symposium- FALL 2020

Students will present their BTG projects in a professional format, details TBD



Taken from the BTG Student Agreement 2020:

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.


Student interns will abide by the honor code at their school and fulfill all of the expectations of the BTG program REMOTELY including attending and completing all the curricular and programmatic requirements.  PLEASE NOTE that by signing the BTG Student Agreement 2020 you agree that regardless of whatever guidance changes regarding COVID-19 restrictions during the program, you understand that all of your BTG duties must be fulfilled remotely in a virtual format.


Bridging the Gaps is both a professional development experience and a job.  Therefore, we expect that students will handle their commitment to the program professionally, including completing all of the requirements stated herein and treating people with respect and dignity.  If a student does not fulfill these expectations, we will notify the student's school through a letter to the appropriate Dean.  Unprofessional behavior reflects not only on the individual, but on the institution and the profession.

Bridging The Gaps

Our Mission:
BTG links the provision of health-related service for under-resourced communities with the interprofessional training of health and social service professionals.


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