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Community Health Internship (BTG CHIP) 

2024 Syllabus

Student Materials on the BTG website: > top of page STUDENT LOGIN > Password: btgchip > SYLLABUS / ASSIGNMENT DETAILS / RESOURCES

Program Directors

Academic Institution                            Name                                         Email address

Drexel                                            Elissa Goldberg, MSS, LSW                

                                                                   Laura Mullin, MS                      

Jefferson                                        Maria Hervada-Page, MSS   

Temple                                          Ingrid Mapanao, MSW, MPH              

                                                              Jerome Wright, BA                 

UPenn                                               Bridget McCormick, MS      

                                                               Ellen Martinak, MS                      

DeSales                                           Tricia Bernecker, PhD, RN          

Cooper                                           Anthony Rostain, MD, MS     

                                                             Mara Gordon, MD              


Taken from the BTG Student Agreement 2024:

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.

Assignments: (SEE ASSIGNMENT DETAILS for more information)



BTG Program Evaluation, Bridget McCormick, MS, Bridging the Gaps

Introduction to Oral Health in the Bridging the Gaps Program, Joan I. Gluch, PhD, RDH, PHDHP, University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine      

Oral Health Slides

Introduction from Pennsylvania Department of Health, Edward Naugle, PhD, Director, Pennsylvania Primary Care Office 


Introduction to Health Literacy Tenets, Mary Ellen T. Miller PhD, RN, APHN-BC, DeSales University 

Health Literacy Slides

Additional Resource:

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

Mandated Reporter Slides

2. STORY TELLING PROJECT:  Due July 19th submit to student coordinators 

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


    submit to student coordinators 

Goal: For Students to incorporate into their projects when appropriate.


If your site is hosting an event, awareness campaign, resources, etc. tag @btgupdates so we can share the post or email Nasheeka Conix ( or 

Bridget McCormick (



6. TEAM EXPERIENCE SUMMARY/ SYMPOSIUM: Professional Presentation Materials (see       

    Symposium section in student login, details TBA)

7. CENTRAL TEXT: The Age of Dignity: Preparing for the Elder Boom in a Changing America by Ai-Jen Poo, your Program Director will provide you with your book.


8. EVALUATIONS AND QUESTIONNAIRES: Completion of weekly and end of the program 

    evaluations and questionnaires is a program requirement. Links will be sent via redcap.


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.

    Group Number                     Small Group Facilitators                                Email

          Group 1                                          Tariem Burroughs                         

          Group 2                                         Anthony Singleton        

          Group 3                                           Denise Johnson       

          Group 4                                           Elissa Goldberg                           

          Group 5                                             David Malloy                          

          Group 6                                              Rayn Philips                         

          Group 7                                          Crystal Wortham                      

          Group 8                                              Pat Dooley              

          Group 9                                           Ingrid Mapanao                          

                                                                   Jerome Wright                     

          Group 10                                Jocelyn (Jocie) Jones Arnold        


Course Schedule: for the week we are on zoom (7/3/24), links will be sent by your Program Director. 


Temple University Lewis Katz School of Medicine (3500 N. Broad St)

Morning Session:

8:00 - 8:30AM       Breakfast 

8:30 - 9:30AM       Welcome/Introduction

                              Lucy Wolf Tuton, PhD, BTG Executive Director

                              You are a Mandated Reporter

                              Maria Hervada-Page, MSS

                              Documentary introduction 

                              Andre Robert Lee

                              Assignment and Resource Overview

                              Ellen Martinak, MS and Bridget McCormick, MS

9:30 - 10:15 AM    Strength-based Community, Community Panel

                              moderated by Nicole Thomas, MBA

10:15 - 10:30 AM  Cardiovascular Health from a Community Perspective

                              Nicole Thomas, MBA

10:30 - 10:45AM   BREAK

10:45 - 11:00AM   Introduction to Small Groups 

                              Tariem Burroughs & Crystal Wortham

11:00 - 12:00PM   Small Groups 

12:00 - 12:45PM   LUNCH

12:45 - 2:45PM     De-escalation training

                              Geremi James, LSW, Broad Street Love

2:45 - 3:05PM       Physical & mental-health promoting artist

                              Jonathon Edwards & Summer Adams, Fam Frequency Productions

3:05 - 3:30PM       Component Programs


University of Pennsylvania (421 Curie Blvd, BRB II/III Auditorium)

8:00 - 8:30AM       Breakfast 

8:30 - 8:45AM       Announcements 

8:45 - 9:30AM       Narrative Medicine

                              Mara Gordon, MD

9:45 - 10:45AM     A Progressive View of Harm Reduction: Harm Reduction in HIV/AIDS, The                                              Overdose Epidemic and The Hospital and Clinic

                              Brian Work, MD MPH

10:45 - 11:00AM   BREAK

11:00 - 12:00PM   Small Groups

12:00 -12:45PM    Lunch

12:45 - 1:05PM     No More Secrets: Mind Body Spirit, Inc.

                              Lynette Medley MEd, Founder/CEO (She/Her)

1:05 - 1:50PM       Reproductive Rights

                              Kim Mutcherson, JD

1:50 - 2:00PM       Break 

2:00 - 2:40PM       Health Literacy Tenets

                              Mary Ellen T. Miller PhD, RN, APHN-BC, DeSales University

                              Learning Outcomes: Students to watch recorded session prior (see above).

                                  After this on-line sessions, participants will be able to:

                                  1) Describe health literacy and its' impact on health outcomes

                                  2) State methods individuals use to conceal their literacy status

                                  3) Assess written health information for literacy level appropriateness

2:40 - 3:20PM       Tobacco Free Policy and Smoking Cessation

                              Ryan Coffman, MPH, CHES, CTTS-M Tobacco Policy and Control Program                                                   Manager, Philadelphia Department of Public Health

3:20 - 4:00PM       Closing Comments

JULY 3rd

Drexel University (Room 4E05, 60 N. 36th Street)

Morning Session:

8:30 - 8:45AM     Updates/Announcements

8:45 - 10:45AM     Screening of The Road to Justice

                               followed by a conversation with Executive Producer, André Robert Lee

10:45 - 11:00AM   BREAK

11:00 - 12:00PM    Small Groups

Afternoon Session:

COMPONENT PROGRAM: See your Program Director for details on your school’s afternoon component schedule

JULY 10th

Thomas Jefferson University (Foerderer Auditorium, 1025 Walnut St.)

Morning Session:

8:30 - 8:45AM        Updates/Announcements

8:45 - 10:45AM      The Power of Resilience-based, Trauma-Sensitive, Strength Focused                                               Communication in Working with Youth

                               Kenneth Ginsburg, MD, MS Ed 


                                   1) The participant will have a grasp on the behavioral change process and how a strength-                                             based approach combats the demoralization that can paralyze behavioral change                                                       progress.

                                   2) The participant will be better prepared to eliminate shame from interactions by focusing                                            on building confidence in youth. They will understand that confidence has to be rooted in                                         existing competencies.

                                   3) The participant will understand how to communicate with youth in a way that builds on                                              their existing strengths rather than undermines their forward movement.  This objective                                             focuses on shifting away from approaching youth with lectures and giving control back to                                         people from whom it has been taken away.

                                   4) The participant will be prepared to communicate with youth in a way that restores control                                          to their decision-making processes.

10:45 - 11:00AM   Break

11:00 -12:00PM    Small Groups

Afternoon Session:

COMPONENT PROGRAM: See your Program Director for details on your school’s afternoon component schedule

JULY 17th

Thomas Jefferson University (Foerderer Auditorium, 1025 Walnut St.)

Morning Session: 

8:30 - 8:45AM       Updates/Announcements

8:45 - 9:45AM       EIHCTRSDUE: A practical approach to navigating the ethical, legal, and racial                                       dilemmas in child abuse reporting

                               Mario Cruz, MD


                               1) List two changes in the Pennsylvania Child Protective Services Law that resulted in an                                                increased number of child abuse reports.

                                   2) Provide one example of how erroneous child abuse reporting might have an adverse                                                impact on a family.

                                   3) Provide one example of a strategy that mandated reporters can use to minimize their risk                                         of making a biased or erroneous child abuse report.

9:45-10:45AM         Gun Violence in Philadelphia

                                  Introduction to Fighting Chance training session offered September 2024

                               Scott Charles, MAPP

10:45 - 11:00AM     Break

11:00 - 12:00PM     Small Groups

Afternoon Session:

COMPONENT PROGRAM: See your Program Director for details on your school’s afternoon component schedule

July 24th

Drexel University (60 N. 36th Street)

Morning Session: 

8:30 - 8:45AM        Updates/Announcements

8:45 - 9:45AM        Advocacy

                               Jeanmarie Perrone, MD

9:45 - 10:45AM      Coalition to Stop Gun Violence

                               Estelle Richman and panel guests, moderated by Scott Charles

10:45 - 11:00AM    Break

11:00 -12:00PM      Small Groups


Afternoon Session:

COMPONENT PROGRAM: See your Program Director for details on your school’s afternoon component schedule

JULY 31st

Morning Session:

Component Programs: See your Program Director for details on your school’s schedule

Afternoon Session:

Cherry Street Pier (121 N. Christopher Columbus Blvd.)

10:45AM - 2:15PM        Walls for Justice

                                       Meet at the front of Cherry Street Pier

                                       121 N Christopher Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19106

                                       Wear clothes for art activities

Complete and Submit: Final BTG Evaluations and Questionnaires / Team Experience Summaries / Poster Presentation /Final Paper


FALL 2024: BTG 34th Symposium

September 20, 2024, 8:30 - 12:00PM

College of Physicians of Philadelphia (19 S. 22nd Street)

Keynote: Ai-Jen Poo

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

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