Program Established: 1996.
Program Period: June 7 to July 23, 2010.
Students/Projects/Sites: 25 students worked on 19 projects at 19 community sites in Erie, Pennsylvania.
Professional Discipline: Medicine.
Service Days: Students provided 675 days of health-related service.
Locations Served: Community organization offices, hospital clinics, in the field, geriatric facilities, client homes, community health centers/clinics, various other sites.
Student Activities:* Health-related client education, oral health activities, health activity planning, health issues research, community social activities, assessing community resources, client interviews, community outreach, development or administration of surveys, evaluation of existing programs.
Population Demographics: Mixture of females and males; all ages (project dependent); mixture of races/ethnicities; white, English speaking.
Community Health Issues:* Oral health, diet and nutrition, exercise, cardiovascular health, diabetes, obesity, access to care, mental health.
Community Event: LECOM hosted its annual Meet and Greet event on April 6, 2010. This gathering enabled the students selected for the 2010 BTG program to meet the administration and faculty, and all the community sites seeking interns. During the Meet and Greet, the community preceptors set up small displays about their agencies and the students visited each to hear about project opportunities and to learn about the sites.
Didactic Sessions: BTG students in Erie attended didactic sessions on Wednesday mornings. Faculty included personnel from LECOM, along with individuals from health and social service agencies with specific expertise in health-related issues. The sessions included Community Care; Oral Hygiene/Dental Health; Serving the Elderly; Serving the Incarcerated Population; and Serving the Mentally Challenged.
Oral Health Activities: A local dentist and a dental assistant gave a presentation on the relationship of oral health to overall health and offered suggestions on how to incorporate oral health activities into the students’ projects. The talk emphasized cultural issues and oral health needs within the populations at the various sites. Selected literature, dental materials and resource information were distributed. All of the LECOM projects incorporated oral health activities, and the dental team supported students’ oral health activities throughout the summer program. According to student estimates, 159 children (aged 13 and under), 27 young people (aged 14 to 20) and 186 adults received oral health education.
Poster Presentation: The LECOM Annual Poster Presentation was held on August 26, 2010, at the College. Representatives of the BTG community partner sites, invited guests, and faculty and students of LECOM attended. In addition to the poster session, each of BTG student gave a short presentation on his or her project, which included personal reflections on both the site and on the program in general.
*The information provided here reflects only those categories reported by 40% or more of students participating at this BTG program location.
For a complete alphabetical list of all 2010 BTG CHIP community partners and to view community project summaries by site, click here.
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