Program Established: 1996.
Program Period: June 3 to July 19, 2013.
Students/Projects/Sites: 26 students worked on 18 projects at 21 community sites in Erie, Pennsylvania.
Professional Discipline: Medicine.
Service Days: Students provided 702 days of health-related service.
Types of Sites Served: Community organization offices, community health centers/clinics, recreation centers, geriatric facilities, libraries, in the field/community, and shelters.
Student Activities:* Health-related client education, oral health activities, planning health activities, participation in community social activities, researching health issues, community outreach, literacy activities, medical interpretation, teaching living skills, assessed community resources, conducted client interviews, and evaluated existing programs.
Population Demographics: Mixture of females and males; all ages; mixture of races/ethnicities; English speaking.
Community Health Issues:* Oral health, exercise, diet and nutrition, mental health, personal hygiene, cardiovascular health, communication (language/literacy), diabetes, obesity, access to health care, and physical disability.
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 the following topics: Community Health Care; Dental Health; Serving the Elderly; Serving Women at Risk; Serving the Physically Challenged.
Community Event: LECOM held its annual Meet and Greet on April 3, 2013. This event enabled the students selected for the 2013 Bridging the Gaps Program to meet representatives from all the community sites seeking an intern for their facility. During the Meet and Greet, the community representatives set up small displays about their agency and the students visited each to hear about project opportunities and learn about the sites.
Oral Health Activities: Dr. Luisa Utset Ward from the LECOM School of Dental Medicine 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, with particular emphasis on cultural issues and oral health needs within the populations at the various sites. Selected literature, dental materials, and resource information were distributed. All of LECOM’s community sites received oral health products and engaged in oral health activities. The dental team supported students' oral health activities throughout the summer program. According to student estimates, 130 children (aged 13 and under), 97 youth/young adults (aged 14 to 20) and 270 adults received oral health education.
Poster Presentation: The LECOM Annual Poster Presentation was held on August 5, 2013, at the College. The event was attended by representatives of the BTG community partners, invited guests, and LECOM faculty and students.
*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 2013 BTG CHIP community partners and to view community project summaries by site, click here.
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