BTG Mission

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

Welcome from Lucy Wolf Tuton, PhD, BTG Executive Director

Welcome to the 31st year of the Bridging the Gaps Community Health Internship Program (BTGCHIP). The world is still reeling from the COVID19 pandemic, with 3.74 million people (as of June 8, 2021) having lost their lives to the disease, families and communities struggling with grief, unemployment, food and housing-insecurity, and huge disparities in availability of and access to vaccines.  This pandemic has laid bare the social inequities and injustices that Bridging the Gaps has addressed since its beginning and that continue to galvanize our work.  

Each of us comes to these challenges 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 reflect on your own perspective, to consider 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 5,797 BTG Alumni who have preceded you, providing health related service for one of the 586 community organizations with whom we have partnered.

Assignments: (SEE ASSIGNMENT DETAILS for more information)



Mandated Reporting Maria Hervada Page, MSW, Thomas Jefferson University Passcode: #eP6?Lf^

BTG Program Evaluation Ellen Martinak, MS, Bridging the Gaps Passcode: q^Bshq8r


Introduction to Oral Health in the Bridging the Gaps Program, Joan I. Gluch, PhD, RDH, PHDHP Passcode: vH7jM@X4

Introduction to Health Literacy Tenets, Mary Ellen T. Miller PhD, RN, APHN-BC, DeSales University  Passcode: g30.YrxX


Cessation/ Cardiovascular Disease and COVID, Ryan Coffman, MPH, CHES, CTTS-M, Tobacco Policy and Control Program Manager, Philadelphia Department of Public Health Passcode: Q2iw!2#A



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


3.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.

4.CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE/SMOKING CESSATION/ ORAL HEALTH: Due July 19th submit to student coordinators 

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


Goal: For Students to share the work of the BTG interns and the programs they serve through social media



6.TEAM EXPERIENCE SUMMARY/ SYMPOSIUM: Professional Presentation Materials (see Symposium section in student login)


7.CENTRAL TEXT: Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson your Program Director will provide you with an ebook.



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.

FALL 2021: BTG 31th Symposium (date and keynote TBD)

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


Taken from the BTG Student Agreement 2021:

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.