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BTG CHIP 2009-10 Report

Lehigh Valley Program Activities


Program Feasibility Year: 2009

Program Period: June 20 to August 5, 2009

Students/Projects/Sites: 4 students worked on 2 projects at 2 community sites in Allentown, Pennsylvania.

Professional Disciplines: Nursing, physician assistant.

Service Days: Students provided 108 days of health-related service.

Participating Institutions: DeSales University, Lehigh Valley Health Network.

Locations Served: Community health centers/clinics, day camp, community organization office.

Student Activities:* Community resource assessment, client interviews, community social activities, health-related client education, oral health activities, health activity planning, researching health issues, community outreach, program evaluation, survey administration, linking clients with health resources, social service intervention.

Population Demographics: Mixture of men and women; all ages; black/African-American; Hispanic; non-English-speaking and English-speaking; immigrant populations.  

Community Health Issues:* Access to health care, cardiovascular health, communication (language/literacy), insurance/social services, oral health, race/ethnicity, exercise, budgeting/personal finances, child care, diabetes, diet and nutrition, immigrant issues, obesity, poverty.

Didactic Sessions: Lehigh Valley students joined the Wednesday morning didactic sessions of the Philadelphia Consortium program and then joined the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine component program on Wednesday afternoons.

Symposium: Lehigh Valley BTG students presented at the annual Research Scholar Poster Presentation event in July.

*The information provided here reflects only those categories reported by 40% or more of students participating at this BTG program location.


2009-10 Lehigh Valley Program Participants

Program Staff
Maggie Hadinger, MS
Abby S. Letcher, MD
Mary Ellen Miller PhD, RN

Academic Preceptors
Mary Ellen Miller PhD, RN

Community Preceptors
Abby Letcher, MD
Jaquita Wilson-Rodriguez


2009-10 Lehigh Valley Community Partners

For a complete alphabetical list of all 2009 BTG CHIP community partners and to view community project summaries by site, click here.

  • Neighborhood Health Centers of the Lehigh Valley, Casa Guadalupe
  • Neighborhood Health Centers of the Lehigh Valley, The Caring Place

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