Community Health Internship (BTG CHIP) 

2022 Syllabus

Student Materials on the BTG website: > top of page STUDENT LOGIN > Password: btgchip > 2022 SYLLABUS / ASSIGNMENT DETAILS / RESOURCES

Program Directors

Academic Institution                            Name                                         Email address

Drexel                                            Elissa Goldberg, MSS, LSW                

Jefferson                                        Maria Hervada-Page, MSS 

Temple                                             Providenza Rocco JD, MSW             

                                                                 Brian Work, MD                  

UPenn                                                    Ellen Martinak, MS                     

DeSales                                   Mary Ellen Miller PhD, RN, APHN-BC

Cooper                                          Anthony Rostain, MD, MS 

                                                            Mara Gordon, MD            

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 32nd year of the Bridging the Gaps Community Health Internship Program (BTGCHIP). The world is still reeling from the COVID19 pandemic, with 15 million people (May 2022) having lost their lives to the disease. In addition to COVID, the ongoing gun violence, racism, political unrest, war, and poverty have 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 and how it shapes your approach to the world around you and, given this, 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 skills 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 5958 BTG Alumni who have preceded you, providing health related service for one of the 606 community organizations with whom we have partnered.

Assignments: (SEE ASSIGNMENT DETAILS for more information)



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

Access Passcode: 0E9dD@8b


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

Access Passcode: ?@bD626w

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

Access Passcode: BD4+MiSU

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

Access Passcode: @8g71sYz


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 18th 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 (



7. TEAM EXPERIENCE SUMMARY/ SYMPOSIUM: Professional Presentation Materials (see Symposium section in student login, details TBA) 


8. CENTRAL TEXT: The Sum of Us by Heather McGhee, your Program Director will provide you with an e-book.




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                                           Susan Brotherton      

         Group 6                                              Sara Solomon                   

         Group 7                                                Rayn Philips                 

         Group 8                                            Crystal Wortham              

         Group 9                                                  Pat Dooley

         Group 10                                              Darcie Rudolf               

         Group 11                                        Teresa Mendez-Quigley    

         Alternate                                              Laura Mullin                     


Course Schedule: weekly zoom links will be sent by your Program Director


Morning Session:

8:30 -9:00AM        WELCOME/ INTRODUCTION Lucy Wolf Tuton, PhD., BTG Executive Director

9:00 -9:15 AM       Edward Naugle, PhD, Director, Pennsylvania Primary Care Office Pennsylvania

                              Department of Health

9:15 - 10:15AM     Strength-based Community, Community Panel moderated by Nicole Thomas,


10:15 - 10:30AM   BREAK

10:30 - 11:00AM   Cardiovascular Health from a Community Perspective, Nicole Thomas, MBA

11:00 -11:45AM    Narrative Medicine/Storytelling, Mara Gordon, MD

11:45 -12:00PM    Mandated Reporting, Maria Hervada-Page, MSW, Thomas Jefferson University

12:00 - 12:30PM   Component Program meeting (see Program Director for details)

12:30 - 1:45PM     LUNCH / STRETCH / Review the BTG 2022 Core Curriculum Syllabus and Recorded

                              Sessions on BTG website -student materials


Afternoon Session:

1:45 - 2:00PM       Introduction to Small Groups, Kevin Carter

2:00-2:15PM         Small Group Introduction

2:15-5:00PM         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.

JUNE 22nd  

Morning Session:

8:30 - 8:45AM         Updates/Announcements (Student Coordinators Introduction)

8:45 - 9:45AM        "I Ain’t Woke, I Just Can’t Sleep: Working through Racism,” Kevin Ahmaad

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


                                    1) Defines the social and medical presence of racism and

                                    2) Confronts how to engineer social justice in healthcare while embracing self-care.

9:45 - 10:00AM       Break

10:00 - 10:15AM     Introduction to One-Health, One-Welfare Concepts, Brittany Watson,                                 ​                    MS/VMD/PhD/DACVPM, University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine

10:15 - 10:25AM     Lynette Medley MEd, Founder/CEO, No More Secrets: Mind Body Spirit, Inc.

10:25 -10:55AM      The Well-being of Asian American and Pacific Islanders in Philadelphia and

                                Beyond, Romana Lee-Akiyama, MSS, MLSP, City of Philadelphia

10:55 - 11:00AM     Break

11:00 -12:00PM       Small Group

12:00 -1:00PM         Lunch


Afternoon Session:

1:00 -1:30PM           Health Literacy Tenets, Mary Ellen T. Miller PhD, RN, APHN-BC, DeSales                                                 University

                                 Learning Outcomes: Student 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

1:30 - 2:00PM          Tobacco Free Policy and Smoking Cessation, Ryan Coffman, MPH, CHES,

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

2:00 - 2:15PM          Break

2:15- 3:15                 Design for the Mouse to Save the Lion: Why Health Equity Practices Matter, Evan                                  Thornburgh, Health Equity Special Advisor, Philadelphia Department of Public                                      Health 


                                    1) Learn about AACO’s work in embedding health equity best practices into place at a                                                  systemic level

                                    2) Understand why health equity design must be foundational to programs, procedures, and                                        data

                                    3) What issues are created when systemic equity and disparities are not considered

JUNE 29th

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 - 10:00AM      Break

10:00 - 11:00AM    Exploring Microaggressions, Nicole Washington, MD

11:00 -12:00AM     Small Groups

Afternoon Session:

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

JULY 6th

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 13th

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 20th

8:30 - 8:45AM          Updates/Announcements

8:45 - 9:45AM          Contagions at the Crossroads: At the intersection of COVID and gun violence,                                        Scott P. Charles, MAPP

9:45 -10:00AM          Break

10:00 - 11:00AM       Progressive View of Harm Reduction: Harm Reduction in HIV/AIDS, The                                                  Overdose Epidemic and The Hospital and Clinic, Brian Work, MD MPH

11:00 -12:00PM        Small Groups


Afternoon Session:

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


JULY 21st

Evening Session with Alumni

5:30 - 7:00PM           BTG: Beyond the Summer, BTG Alumni Network Members

This evening session will provide a mentorship opportunity for current students with BTG Alumni around career, life and how programs like BTG fit into career beyond the BTG summer.


JULY 27th 

Morning Session:

8:30 - 8:45AM          Updates/Announcements

8:45 - 9:45AM          Human Rights, TBD

9:45 - 10:00AM        Break

10:00 -10:40AM       Taking BTG into your Career, Kevin Carter

10:40 - 11:00AM      Storytelling preview, BTG 2022 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

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FALL 2022: BTG 32nd Symposium October 21, 2022, 9-11AM

Keynote: Heather McGhee

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


Taken from the BTG Student Agreement 2022:

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.