Program Established: 2010.
Program Period: June 22 to August 7, 2015.
Students/Projects/Sites: 12 students worked on 6 projects at 6 community sites in Allentown, Pennsylvania.
Professional Disciplines: Nursing, physician assistant, and medicine.
Service Days: Students provided 336 days of health-related service.
Participating Institutions: DeSales University and The Commonwealth Medical College.
Types of Sites Served: Community organization offices, community health center, in the field/community, recreation centers, day camps, school, shelters, and treatment centers.
Student Activities:* Community outreach, research on health issues, health related client education, community social activities, oral health activities, planning health activities, assessing community resources, evaluation of existing programs, advocacy activities, development or administration of surveys, literacy activities, and linking clients with health resources.
Population Demographics: Mixture of females and males; all ages except newborn; mixture of race/ethnicities; both English speaking and non-English speaking.
Community Health Issues:* Oral health, cardiovascular health, diet and nutrition, exercise, homelessness, communication, poverty, access to health care, insurance/social services, mental health, substance abuse, child care, diabetes, personal hygiene, and transportation.
Didactic Sessions: Lehigh Valley students joined the Wednesday core didactic sessions of the Philadelphia Consortium program. Starting on July 8, they attended Lehigh Valley component program sessions on Wednesday afternoons.
Oral Health Activities: The Philadelphia dental mentor and registered dental hygienist from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine offered information and resources to Lehigh Valley students so they could conduct oral health education activities at their sites, if appropriate. All of Lehigh Valley’s community sites engaged in oral health activities. According to student estimates, 155 children (aged 13 and under), 22 youth/young adults (aged 14 to 20), and 111 adults received oral health education.
Symposium: The Lehigh Valley Students presented at the BTG 25th Anniversary Symposium, which took place on October 9, 2015, at Congregation Rodeph Shalom. Lehigh Valley Health Network also hosted a local symposium to highlight the Lehigh Valley BTG program on September 30, 2015, at the Gambet Center at DeSales University.
*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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