Program Established: 2010.
Program Period: June 20 to August 5, 2011
Students/Projects/Sites: 8 students worked on 4 projects at 4 community sites in Allentown, Pennsylvania.
Professional Disciplines: Medicine, nursing, physician assistant.
Service Days: Students provided 216 days of health-related service.
Participating Institutions: DeSales University, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Types of Sites Served: Community organization offices, community health center/clinics, recreation center, day camp, in the field/community, school.
Student Activities:* Health-related client education, health activities planning, assessing community resources,literacy activities, oral health activities, community outreach, community social activities, program evaluation, health issues research, advocacy activities, direct service delivery, linking clients to health resources.
Population Demographics: Mixture of females and males; all ages except newborn and geriatric; mixture of races/ethnicities; English-speaking and non-English-speaking.
Community Health Issues:* Diet and nutrition, cardiovascular health, access to health care, communication (language/literacy), exercise, obesity, oral health, cultural beliefs/practices, sexual questions/issues, violence, asthma, budgeting and personal finances, cancer, environmental health, insurance/social services, mental health, personal hygiene, prenatal care, race/ethnicity and women’s health.
Didactic Sessions: Lehigh Valley students joined the Wednesday morning didactic sessions of the Philadelphia Consortium program and then returned to the Lehigh Valley for their Wednesday afternoon component program sessions.
Oral Health Activities: Students reported that 75 percent incorporated oral health activities. According to student estimates, 50 children (aged 13 and under) received oral health education.
Symposium: Lehigh Valley BTG students presented at the Lehigh Valley Health Network Research Scholar Poster Presentation event on July 29, 2011. On September 22, 2011, Lehigh Valley BTG hosted a local symposium to highlight just the Lehigh Valley BTG program.
*The information provided here reflects only those categories reported by 40% or more of students participating at this BTG program location.
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