Program Established: 1991.
Program Period: June 21 to August 6, 2010.
Students/Projects/Sites: 192 students participated in 79 projects at 79 sites in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. One student did not complete the program.
Professional Disciplines: Medicine, dental medicine, nursing, occupational therapy, pharmacy, podiatry, public health, social work, creative arts in therapy, law, city/regional planning.
Service Days: Students provided 5,029 days of health-related service.
Participating Institutions: Bryn Mawr College, Drexel University, La Salle University, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Temple University, Thomas Jefferson University, University of Pennsylvania, University of the Sciences in Philadelphia. Six students in the Lehigh Valley Program (DeSales University, Marywood University and East Stroudsburg University) joined the shared curricular sessions of the Philadelphia program, while providing service in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Six students from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey joined most of the Philadelphia Wednesday morning curricular sessions, while providing their service in Camden, New Jersey.
Locations Served: Community organization offices, day camps, community health centers/clinics, in the field/community, schools, treatment centers (day or residential), various other sites.
Student Activities:* Health-related client education, health activities planning, health issues research, community social activities, community resource assessment, community outreach, oral health activities, literacy activities, advocacy activities, client interviews, linking clients with health resources.
Population Demographics: Mixture of females and males; all ages (project dependent); predominantly black/African-American; principally English-speaking.
Community Health Issues:* Diet and nutrition, exercise, cardiovascular health, oral health, communication (language/literacy), obesity, access to health care, diabetes, mental health.
Community Preceptor Orientation: Community preceptors are the on-site contacts and supervisors of the students. Their orientation took place on June 4, 2010, at the Salvation Army Red Shield Residence. The Orientation is designed to give experienced community preceptors a program update, while offering new preceptors program background that helps their community organizations more effectively use the additional human resources students provide. The orientation session can also serve as a way for community partners to forge new linkages that might improve service.
Students from across the city received a full-day orientation on June 23, 2010, and spent each subsequent Wednesday in shared didactic sessions. Orientation and core curriculum sessions included the following: Program Overview; Mural Arts; Healthy People in a Healthy Philadelphia; BTG Evaluation Overview and Requirements; Oral Health Resources; Introduction of Resource Fair; Welcome From the PA Department of Health; Social Media and Use in the Workplace; Precious Places; Safety; Health Literacy; Building Resilience; Introduction to Small Groups; Community Mapping: Geographic Information Systems and Geospatial Technologies; Firearm Violence – A Public Health Issue; Exploring the Vehicles for Health Policy Advocacy: A Case Study in Advocacy Around Pennsylvania's Assisted Living Regulations; Advocacy and Community Building; Insurance; Incarceration; None of Us Are Home Until All of Us Are Home; The Public Health Implications of Health Reform; and Small Groups Presentation of Workshop Summary.
On the afternoon of June 30, 2010, students attended one of five skill-building workshops designed to help students acquire skills directly relevant to their projects: Summer Success Skills; Fostering Resilience Through Art Making; Understanding the Families We Serve; Working With Vulnerable Populations and Individuals Whose Lives Are Complicated by Homelessness and Mental Illness; Observing, Listening and Sharing: Ideas for Working With Older Adults; and Culture/Language Issues and Skills.On the remaining Wednesdays, students returned to their component programs for afternoon didactic time following the morning shared sessions.
Community Resource Session: The BTG orientation lunch gave students an opportunity to learn about existing organizational resources in the city. Representatives were present from a variety of groups, including Alcoholics Anonymous; The Bryson Institute of the Attic Youth Center; The College of Physicians of Philadelphia; Community Legal Services; Family Practice and Counseling Network, The Health Annex; Frankie's World; Lutheran Settlement House, Bilingual Domestic Violence Program; The National Kidney Foundation; Operation Warm, Inc.; PA Department of Health; Philadelphia Corporation for the Aging; Public Citizens for Children and Youth; and Philadelphia Senior Center, Tioga Branch.
Didactic Sessions: Students from across the city received a full-day orientation on June 23, 2010, and spent each subsequent Wednesday in didactic sessions. Orientation and core curriculum sessions included the following: Program Overview; Mural Arts; Healthy People in a Healthy Philadelphia; BTG Evaluation Overview and Requirements; Oral Health Resources; Introduction of Resource Fair; Welcome From the PA Department of Health; Social Media and Use in the Workplace; Precious Places; Safety; Health Literacy; Building Resilience; Introduction to Small Groups; Community Mapping: Geographic Information Systems and Geospatial Technologies; Firearm Violence – A Public Health Issue; Exploring the Vehicles for Health Policy Advocacy: A Case Study in Advocacy Around Pennsylvania's Assisted Living Regulations; Advocacy and Community Building, Insurance; Incarceration; None of Us Are Home Until All of Us Are Home; The Public Health; Implications of Health Reform; Small Groups Presentation of Workshop Summary.
In addition, on June 30, 2010, students attended the core curriculum session in the morning and all students participated in one of five Skill-Building Health Population Groups in the afternoon: Summer Success Skills; Fostering Resilience through Art-Making; Understanding the Families We Serve; Working With Vulnerable Populations and Individuals Whose Lives Are Complicated by Homelessness and Mental Illness; Observing, Listening, and Sharing: Ideas for Working With Older Adults; Culture/Language Issues and Skills.
Oral Health Activities: Because of the central role of oral health in overall well-being (Report of the Surgeon General on Oral Health, 2000), BTG students are encouraged to incorporate oral health activities into their projects, when appropriate. A dental mentor and registered dental hygienist from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine offered information and expertise on oral health educational activities to all BTG CHIP students. In addition, the Pennsylvania Department of Health supported purchases of oral health supplies. Students reported that 52 of the 79 projects (65.8%) incorporated oral health activities. Students estimated that they provided health education to 664 children (aged 13 and under), 342 young people (aged 14 to 20) and 535 adults.
Cardiovascular Health Activities: Of the 191 students who completed the cardiovascular activity questionnaire, 157 students (82.2%) reported that they engaged in cardiovascular education activity.
Heart Smart Dinner: On July 14, 2010, BTG CHIP students participated in the Heart Smart Dinner, an annual event that unites the entire program around the theme of cardiovascular health. Students collaborated with their sites to develop colorful posters with a heart-related focus. The posters were displayed throughout Thomas Jefferson University's Alumni Hall. This year, the student coordinators opened the evening's festivities with an exercise routine. Their routine was followed by dinner and dancing with music provided by a faculty member's band. Community preceptors, clients, students, and faculty ate together, danced, and strolled the large hall enjoying the visual and creative diversity of the displayed posters. Two community partners were awarded prizes for their posters: Allegheny West Foundation: WorkReady Philadelphia Program and Community Women's Education Project: Early Learning Center. In celebration of BTG's 20th anniversary year, dinner attendees sang "Happy Birthday" to the program around a heart-shaped cake. The dinner celebrated community partnership, heart-health at the community level and the mutually beneficial relationships on which BTG is built.
Annual Symposium: The BTG 20th Anniversary Symposium took place on September 24, 2010, at Congregation Rodeph Shalom. See details.
*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 2010 BTG CHIP community partners and to view community project summaries by site, click here.
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