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Community Health Internship (BTG CHIP) 

2023 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                

Jefferson                                        Maria Hervada-Page, MSS   

Temple                                          Ingrid Mapanao, MSW, MPH              

                                                                Jerome Wright, BA                

UPenn                                                 Ellen Martinak, MS                       

DeSales                                   Mary Ellen Miller PhD, RN, APHN-BC

                                                         Tricia Bernecker PhD, RN          

Cooper                                           Anthony Rostain, MD, MS     

                                                             Mara Gordon, MD              


Taken from the BTG Student Agreement 2023:

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

Passcode: &6N.H&jP

Introduction to Oral Health in the Bridging the Gaps Program, Joan I. Gluch, PhD, RDH, PHDHP, University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine 
Passcode: Rbrg6J5&

Oral Health Slides

Introduction from Pennsylvania Department of Health, Edward Naugle, PhD, Director, Pennsylvania Primary Care Office 
Passcode: 9HX1F%yF


Introduction to Health Literacy Tenets, Mary Ellen T. Miller PhD, RN, APHN-BC, DeSales University 
Passcode: EumSNV0!

Health Literacy Slides

Additional Resource:

Mandated Reporting, Maria Hervada-Page, MSW, Thomas Jefferson University 
Passcode: +3bapqq6

Mandated Reporter Slides


        Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities, Amy Nieves  

        Passcode: 9N%Ds0CD

2. STORY TELLING PROJECT:  Due July 17th 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 Bridget McCormick (



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

    Symposium section in student login, details TBA)

7. CENTRAL TEXT: Another Day in the Death of America, A Chronicle of Ten Short Lives by Gary

     Younge, 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                                              Nikki Thomas      

         Group 4                                            Elissa Goldberg                  

         Group 5                                              Sara Solomon                   

         Group 6                                                Rayn Philips                 

         Group 7                                            Crystal Wortham              

         Group 8                                                  Pat Dooley

         Group 9                                              Darcie Rudolf               

         Group 10                                      Teresa Mendez-Quigley      

         Alternate                                             Ingrid Mapanao              


Course Schedule: for weeks we are on zoom, links will be sent by your Program Director.

                               6/14 & 6/28 will be held in person 


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

Morning Session:

8:00 - 8:30AM       Breakfast 

8:30 - 9:30AM       Strength-based Community, Community Panel moderated by Nicole Thomas,


9:30 - 10:00 AM    Cardiovascular Health from a Community Perspective, Nicole Thomas, MBA

10:00 - 10:15AM   BREAK

10:15 - 11:15AM   Mental Health and Wellbeing, Rachel Talley, MD

11:15 - 11:30AM   Introduction to Small Groups

11:30 - 12:30PM   Small Groups 

12:30 - 1:30PM     LUNCH

1:10 - 1:30PM       Component Program Meetings 

Afternoon Session:

1:30 - 2:00PM       BTG Welcome/Introduction, Lucy Wolf Tuton, PhD., BTG Executive Director

2:00 - 3:00PM       Gun Violence in Philadelphia, Scott Charles, MAPP

                              Introduction to Fighting Chance training session offered June 22nd 4:30- 6:30PM

3:00 - 3:30PM       Philly Librarians, What we do, Why we do it, What we hope to achieve –

3:30 - 4:00PM       Play on Philly, What we do, Why we do it, What we hope to achieve

JUNE 21st  


Morning Session:

8:30 - 8:45AM       Announcements 

8:45 - 12:00PM     Building Community with The Full Human in Mind, Michael O’Bryan, Humanature

                              (Includes breakout sessions with small groups)


                                  1) Define key terms and frameworks: biopsychosocial-spiritual development, social

                                      capital, implicit bias, explicit bias, heuristics, mental models, de-biasing, and informed


                                 2) Identify experiences where bias might be impacting perception of individual and

                                     group histories, potential, performance, and needs.

                                 3) Generate simple personal interventions to challenge potentially biased perspectives

                                     and outcomes.

12:00 -1:00PM      Lunch

Afternoon Session:

1:00 - 1:45PM       Narrative Medicine/Storytelling, Mara Gordon, MD

1:45 - 2:00PM       Break 

2:00 - 2:30PM       Health Literacy Tenets, Mary Ellen T. Miller PhD, RN, APHN-BC, DeSales                                                  University

                              Learning Outcomes: Students to watch recorded session prior

                                  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

2:30 - 3:00PM       Tobacco Free Policy and Smoking Cessation, Ryan Coffman, MPH, CHES,

                              CTTS-M Tobacco Policy and Control Program Manager, Philadelphia Department                                  of Public Health

3:00 - 3:30PM       Lynette Medley MEd, Founder/CEO (she/her), No More Secrets: Mind Body Spirit,


JUNE 28th

Thomas Jefferson University (1001 Locust 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 5th


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, Andre’ 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 12th


Morning Session: 

8:30 - 8:45AM       Updates/Announcements

8:45 - 10:45AM     Panel on Perspectives 

                              What are the issues this marginalized and under-represented population are facing?

                                  What are the resources? What is being done and who is doing it. What can the BTG

                                  students do as future health professionals?

                              1.  Kevin Ahmaad Jenkins, Ph.D., Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion (CHERP)

                                  2.  Rosemary Thomas, MPH, CHES, Penn Medicine Center for Health Equity Advancement                                             & Program for LGBTQ Health

                              3.  Ken Yang, Esq., CEO, Penn Asian Senior Services (PASSi)

                              4.  Vicki Landers (she/they), Founder and Executive Director, Disability Pride PA

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 19th


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, Medical Director for                                               Pediatrics at Philadelphia FIGHT Community Health Centers and Clinical                                                 Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Drexel University College of Medicine


                               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      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


Afternoon Session:

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

JULY 26th 


Morning Session:

8:30 - 8:45AM          Updates/Announcements

8:45 - 10:30AM        Panel on Gun Violence in Philadelphia

                                  1. Estelle Richman, Executive Director, Civic Coalition to Save Lives

                                      2. Chantay Love, MHSA, President, EMIR HEALING Center

                                      3. Shawn McCaney, Executive Director, William Penn Foundation

                                      Facilitator: Scott Charles, MAPP, Temple University 

10:30 - 10:45AM      Break

10:45 -11:00AM       Storytelling preview, BTG 2023 Student Coordinators

11:00 - 12:00PM      Small Groups

Afternoon Session:

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

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


FALL 2023: BTG 33rd Symposium October 19, 2023, 9-11AM

Keynote: Gary Younge

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

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