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… It was fortuitous that our agency was able to rely on these dedicated, dependable and professional individuals (BTG students) for program support. They provided a needed service that staff would not have been able to provide because of the increased demand.
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Welcome to Bridging the Gaps

BTG includes the Community Health Internship Program (BTG CHIP) in all locations as well as two additional components in Philadelphia: the BTG Seminar Series and the BTG Clinical Program. Each academic year, students representing health and social service disciplines, including medicine, dentistry, nursing, social work, creative arts in therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, pharmacology, public health, law, physician assistant, and related fields, take part in BTG.

The BTG Community Health Internship Program (BTG CHIP) was established at one Philadelphia academic health center in 1991. Within five years it was adopted by all Philadelphia academic health centers, which now make up the BTG Philadelphia Consortium (Drexel University, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Temple University, Thomas Jefferson University, and the University of Pennsylvania), other area schools (Bryn Mawr College (social work), and University of the Sciences (pharmacy and allied health disciplines) formed affiliate programs. Across Pennsylvania, Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine and the University of Pittsburgh also adopted the program model. This brought about the creation of the Bridging the Gaps Network. More recently a program was established in New Jersey currently at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey with an affiliate program at Rowan University. A program in the Lehigh Valley followed, a collaboration between the Lehigh Valley Health Network and DeSales University.

Over the years, BTG's work has been recognized locally and nationally by the City of Philadelphia, the Pennsylvania Department of Health, the Senate of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the American College of Physicians, the Philadelphia County Medical Society, and the American Red Cross, as well as community-based and corporate entities.

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I learned that although I cannot change the entire system, I could be a part of a hopeful change: one child, one relationship … I learned through BTG that everyone in the health professions is an integral part in serving this community optimally.
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