Program Established: 2010.
Program Period: June 24 to August 9, 2013.
Students/Projects/Sites: 10 students worked on 5 projects at 5 community sites in Allentown, Pennsylvania.
Professional Disciplines: Nursing and physician assistant.
Service Days: Students provided 267 days of health-related service.
Participating Institutions: DeSales University.
Types of Sites Served: Community organization office, in the field/community, day camp, community health clinics, schools, libraries, treatment centers, client homes, recreation centers, and shelters.
Student Activities:* Health-related client education, planning health activities, assessing community resources, literacy activities, community social activities, oral health activities, research on health issues, community outreach, evaluation existing programs, linking clients with health resources, and teaching living skills.
Population Demographics: Mixture of females and males; all ages except newborn; mixture of races/ethnicities; English speaking and non-English speaking.
Community Health Issues:* Diet and nutrition, cardiovascular health, communication (language/literacy), oral health, access to health care, child care, personal hygiene, cancer, HIV, insurance/social services, exercise, homelessness, and women’s health.
Didactic Sessions: Lehigh Valley students joined the Wednesday core didactic sessions of the Philadelphia Consortium program, and starting on July 10, they attended Lehigh Valley component program sessions on Wednesday afternoons.
Oral Health Activities: 80% of Lehigh Valley’s community sites engaged in oral health activities. According to student estimates, 92 children (aged 13 and under) and 39 adults received oral health education.
Symposium: Lehigh Valley BTG students presented at the Lehigh Valley Health Network Research Scholar Poster Presentation event on July 26, 2013. On September 26, 2013, 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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