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BTG CHIP 2013-14 Report

Philadelphia Program Activities


Program Established: 1991.

Program Period: June 24 to August 9, 2013.

Students/Projects/Sites: 180 students participated in 73 projects at 76 sites in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Professional Disciplines: Medicine, public health, dental medicine, nursing, social work, occupational therapy, creative arts in therapy, podiatry, pharmacy, and law.

Service Days: Students provided 4,685 days of health-related service.

Participating Institutions: Drexel University, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Temple University, Thomas Jefferson University, University of Pennsylvania, Bryn Mawr College, La Salle University, and University of the Sciences.  The Lehigh Valley students participated in Philadelphia’s core curricular sessions.

Types of Sites Served: Community organization offices, day camps, in the field/community, community health centers/clinics, schools, recreation centers, treatment centers (day or residential), shelters (homeless or other), and other sites.

Student Activities:* Planning health activities, health-related client education, research on health issues, community social activities, community outreach, assessing community resources, oral health, and literacy activities.

Population Demographics: Mixture of females and males; all ages (project dependent); mixture of races/ethnicities, but predominantly African-American; principally English speaking.

Community Health Issues:* Diet and nutrition, cardiovascular health, exercise, communication (language/literacy), oral health, access to health care, and mental health.

Community Preceptor Orientation: The Community Preceptor Orientation took place on June 7, 2013, at Salvation Army’s Divisional Headquarters in North Philadelphia. This year in addition to providing attending preceptors with core curriculum highlights and program updates, two veteran community preceptors led an interactive session titled "What’s Wrong With This Picture?" 

Didactic Sessions: Students from across the city received a full-day orientation on June 26, 2013, 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 Legacy, Themes and Evaluation; Resources and Rationale for Cardiovascular Disease and Oral Health Programs; Welcome From the PA Department of Health; Introduction of Resource Fair; Health Literacy; Safety; Professional Practice With Cultural Humility; Building Resilience; Community Mapping: Geographic Information Systems and Geospatial Technologies; Healing Hurt People: A Trauma-informed Approach to Victims of Violence; None of Us Are Home Until All of Us Are Home; Insurance; A Transformational Change: Healthcare Reform and Treatment of Substance Abuse Disorders; Incarceration; Firearm Violence—America's Uncivil War Continues.

In addition, on July 3, 2013, in the morning, all students attended one of five skill-building workshops designed to help students acquire skills directly relevant to their projects: Summer Success Skills; Working with Adolescents; Understanding the Families We Serve; Homelessness/Mental Health/Addiction; Observing, Listening, and Sharing: Ideas for Working with Older Adults; and The Impact of Immigration Culture and Status on Access to Health Care. On subsequent Wednesdays, students returned to their Component Programs for afternoon didactic sessions.

Community Resource Session: To give students an understanding of how to access the many existing resources in the city, community organizations were invited to the orientation lunch to share information about their work.  Participating community organizations included College of Physicians/Mütter Museum; Do One Thing; Frankie's World; Lutheran Settlement House (Domestic Violence); Maternity Care Coalition; Cribs for Kids Program; NewCourtland; Oral Health Resources—University of Pennsylvania; School of Dental Medicine; PACE; Public Citizens for Children and Youth (PCCY); Philadelphia Corporation for Aging; Planned Parenthood of Southeastern PA; Spark Program; and The Bryson Institute of the Attic Youth Center.

Oral Health Activities: A dental mentor and registered dental hygienist from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine offered information and resources so that students could conduct oral health education activities at their sites, if appropriate. Students also continued to have access to oral health supplies. Students reported that 64.5% of the community sites engaged in oral health activities. Students estimated that they provided health education to 777 children (aged 13 and under), 161 youth (aged 14 to 20) and 469 adults.

Cardiovascular Health Activities: 142 out of the 179 BTG CHIP Philadelphia student interns who completed the program and responded to BTG’s cardiovascular activity questionnaire reported that they engaged in cardiovascular educational activities in Philadelphia. This represented 84.2% of community-based projects throughout the city.

Philadelphia’s Annual Heart Smart Dinner took place on July 17, 2013, at Thomas Jefferson University. The event is designed as a way to raise awareness and understanding of cardiovascular health, while celebrating community involvement in BTG. Students, faculty, community preceptors and some clients from participating community organizations attend. In the weeks leading up to the dinner, BTG students work with community partners (except at sites where the activity is not appropriate) developing colorful posters that illustrate a heart-smart theme. On the night of the dinner, all the posters created by the community organizations are displayed and attendees vote on their favorite. Winning sites are offered a $100 award. This year the winning posters were from Norris Homes, Norris Kids Camp North Philadelphia, and Youth Emergency Service in the Fairmount section of Philadelphia. 

Annual Symposium: The BTG 23rd Anniversary Symposium took place on September 20, 2013, 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.


2013-14 Philadelphia Program Participants

Philadelphia Small Group Leaders

Academic Leaders
Joanne Muir Behm, MSS
Dianne Butera, MSW
Mary Frances Cummings, MPH, RDH
Elissa Goldberg, MSS, LSW
Maria Hervada-Page, MSW
Jack B. Lewis, DSW, LCSW
Mary Kate McGinty, RPh, MS
Mary Ellen Miller, PhD, RN
Serita Reels, MPH
Tracey Wheeler, BA

Community Preceptors
Roberta Balsam, MA
Tariem Burroughs, MSODL
Diane Gass
Allan Irving, PhD
Marian Lasky, BS
Clayton Ade-Andrew Ruley, MSS, MLSP
Patricia Sayles, BA
Anthony Singleton, BSW
Alonda E. Tann, MSS, LSW
Nicole Thomas, MBA

Drexel University

Program Staff
Elissa Goldberg, MSS, LSW, Program Director
Mario Cruz, MD
Lidyvez Mejia

Academic Preceptors
Robert Chapman, PhD
Mario Cruz, MD
Stacy Ellen, DO
Leslie Everts, MD
Annette Gadegbeku, MD
Jerry Goldstein, MD
Florence Ierardi, MM, MT-BC, LPC
Priscilla Killian, MSN, RN, MHPNP
Raymond K. Lum, MPhil, MS
Katie McPeak, MD
Amy Montemarano, JD
Candace Robertson-James, MPH, DrPH
Anthony Rodriguez, MD
Ben Sanders, MD, MSPH
Ellen Schelly-Hill, MMT, BC-DMT, LPC
Daniel R. Taylor, DO, FAAP
Rashida West, Esq
Vincent Zarro, MD, PhD

Community Preceptors
Roberta Balsam, MA
Eileen Carroll, Esq
Eric Dolaway
Sara Enes, MSW
Jacinto Grant, MSW
Victoria Harris
John Jacobs
Suku John, PhD
Denise Johnson
Angela Jubinville, MSEd
Hans Kersten, MD, FAAP
Alexis Kiesel, MS
Zeva Levine, EdM
Arlene Malcolm-Bell, PhD
Vivian Nix-Early, PhD
Serita Reels, MPH
Candace Robertson-James, DrPH, MPH
Jamaine Smith
Ladonna Smith
Kristyn Stewart, MS
Danielle Stollak, MRM
Maria Tate
Stacey Trooskin, MD, PhD
Renee Turchi, MD, MPH
Lori Walsh

Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

Program Staff
Joanne Muir Behm, MSS, Program Director

Academic Preceptors
Ronald Allen, MS
Oliver Bullock, DO
Mary Kate McGinty, RPh, MS
Denise Pruskowski Kavanagh, MSN, RN

Community Preceptors
Joseph Brand
Theodore Corbin, MD
Malcolm Ennels, BA
Dorothy Gibbs, RN
Toye Green
Ashley Harker
Sharon Herbert, RN
Victoria Hoppes
Theodore Howard
Andrew Kellner, MA
Rebecca Kochman, MSW
Jacques Louis, MSEd
Jaclynn Ries, MS
Naomi Roberson
Carol Rogers
Anthony Singleton, BSW
Deborah Thomas
Constance Voigt
Meg Wise
Michelle Woltz, MHS, CRNP, CARN

Temple University

Program Staff
Dianne Butera, MSW, Program Director
Micki Miller

Academic Preceptors
Dianne Butera, MSW
Marla Davis, JD
Kathleen Reeves, MD
Nancy Rothman, EdD, RN
Jonathan Scott, PhD

Community Preceptors
Jesse Bilger
Robin Bonfield, MSW
Alexis Brown, MBA
Marla Davis-Bellamy, JD, MGA
Vashti Du Bois
Lenamarie Farally
Anabel Genevitz
Monisha Jackson
Eliza Johnson, BS
Hans Kersten, MD, FAAP
Diane Leslie
Zeva Levine, EdM
Mark McAndrew
Michael O'Bryan, BA
Doris Phillips
Christina Pickett, MEd
Manuel Portillo, BA
Michael Reid
Patricia Scott-Hobbs
Terrence Seales, BA
Karen Subach, MSW
Joy Thomas, MSW
Kevin Weber

 

Thomas Jefferson University

Program Staff
Maria Hervada-Page, MSS, Program Director
R. Patrick McManus Jr., MD
Natalie Nederostek, BA
George P. Valko, MD

Academic Preceptors
Rickie Brawer, PhD, MPH
Nancy Brisbon, MD
Maria Hervada-Page, MSS
Mary Hess, PharmD, FASHP, FCCM
Caryn Johnson, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA
R. Patrick McManus Jr., MD
James D. Plumb, MD, MPH
Robert Winn, MD

Community Preceptors
Mark Atwood
Virginia Austin
Ellen Baker
Mary Ellen Bolden
Sara Enes, MSW
Robin Foster-Drain, MD
Kisha Gadsden
Paul Giannette, MA
Kristine Jaeger
Charmaine Sudler Milligan
Julie Nelson
Geoffrey Ng
Christopher Pender
Edna Reddick
Clayton Ade-Andrew Ruley, MSS, MLSP
Mary Texidor
Terry Trudeau, MEd
Skip Weiner
Gretchen Wendel
Eric Williamson

University of Pennsylvania

Program Staff
Ellen Martinak, MS, Program Director
Louis M. Bell Jr., MD
Peter F. Cronholm, MD, MSCE
Mary Frances Cummings, MPH, RDH
Zvi D. Gellis, PhD
Joan I. Gluch, PhD, RDH
Bridget McCormick, BS
Ann L. O'Sullivan, PhD, FAAN, CPNP
Susan Primavera
Anthony Rostain, MD, MA
Lucy Wolf Tuton, PhD

Academic Preceptors
Hillary R. Bogner, MD, MSCE
Joseph Metmowlee Garland, MD
Zvi D. Gellis, PhD
Kenneth Ginsburg, MD, MSEd
Joan I. Gluch, PhD, RDH
Eric Goren, MD
Jeane Ann Grisso, MD, MSc
Chén Kenyon, MD
Helen Koenig, MD, MPH
Ann L. O'Sullivan, PhD, FAAN, CPNP
Roy Wade, MD, PhD, MPH
Charmaine Smith Wright, MD, MSc

Community Preceptors
Sarah Amazeen, LSW
Mark Atwood
Ellen Baker
Nicholas Bisaccia, MSEd
Jacqui Bowman, PhD
Sr. Maria Lauren Donohue, MSBT
Sara Enes, MSW
Kisha Gadsden
Paul Giannette, MA
Jon Goff
Meg Grant
Katherine Harton, RN, BSN
Kiasha Huling, LSW
Antoinette Johnson, MPH
Denise Johnson
Sandra Moïse
Esther Morales, MPH
Khadijah Muhammed, MSEd, MSW
Ayeisha Patterson, MEd
Edna Reddick
Shaquita Rivers, MHA, MHEd
Clayton Ade-Andrew Ruley, MSS, MLSP
Ingrid Sidorov, MSN, RN
Ladonna Smith
Lauren Tankersly
Lorraine Thomas
Stacey Trooskin, MD, PhD
Terry Trudeau, MEd
Alia Walker
Bethany Welch, PhD
Eric Williamson


2013-14 Philadelphia Community Partners

For a complete alphabetical list of all 2013 BTG CHIP community partners and to view community project summaries by site, click here.

  • Allegheny West Foundation, WorkReady Philadelphia at Dobbins High School
  • AmeriHealth Caritas/Keystone First
  • Attic Youth Center [The]
  • Bebashi
  • Bethesda Project, My Brother's House
  • Build-a-Bridge
  • CARIE (Center for Advocacy for the Rights & Interests of the Elderly)
  • Centro Nueva Creación, Goodlands Camp
  • Children's Crisis Treatment Center, Therapeutic Nursery
  • Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Early Head Start Program
  • College of Physicians of Philadelphia
  • Community Women's Education Project, Early Learning Center
  • Covenant House Pennsylvania
  • Do One Thing
  • Drexel University, Center for Nonviolence and Social Justice
  • Drexel University, Philadelphia Ujima
  • Earth's Keepers, Inc.
  • East Park Revitalization Alliance
  • EducationWorks, Walk Safe PHL/Safe Corridors, John H. Taggart School
  • EducationWorks, Walk Safe PHL/Safe Corridors, Overbrook High School
  • Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania, St. James School Camp
  • Foundations, Inc., Philadelphia Center for Arts and Technology
  • Francis J. Myers Recreation Center
  • Freedom Theatre
  • Gaudenzia, Inc., People With Hope
  • Gaudenzia, Inc., Women's Co-Occurring Program
  • Hall Mercer, Child and Family Unit
  • Health Federation, Early Head Start
  • Healthy Philadelphia
  • HERO Community Center
  • HIAS and Council Migration Services of Philadelphia
  • Institute for Development of African American Youth (IDAAY), Out of School Time Summer Program, Ellwood Elementary School
  • Intercommunity Action, Inc., Journey's Way
  • John Bartram High School, Healthy Lifestyles Initiative
  • LIFE A Practice of Penn Nursing
  • Lutheran Children and Family Service, Refugee Resettlement
  • Lutheran Settlement House, Senior Center
  • Maternity Care Coalition, Cribs for Kids
  • Mazzoni Center
  • Mercy Hospice
  • Nationalities Service Center, Health Outreach
  • Norris Homes, Norris Kids Camp
  • Norris Square Civic Association
  • North Light Community Center
  • Northern Children Services
  • Philadelphia Department of Public Health, Patient Assistance Program
  • Philadelphia FIGHT
  • Philadelphia Futures
  • Philadelphia Futures, Entrepreneurship/Business Planning Internship
  • Philadelphia Senior Center, Independence Promotion Project Services on Site (SOS)
  • Philadelphia Senior Center, Tioga Branch
  • Philadelphia Veterans Multi-Service and Education Center, The Perimeter
  • Prevention Point Philadelphia
  • Project H.O.M.E., Kairos House
  • Project H.O.M.E., St. Colomba Safe Haven
  • Project H.O.M.E., Women of Change
  • Puentes de Salud, Puentes Hacia el Futuro
  • Ready, Willing & Able, Inc.
  • Salvation Army, Red Shield Residence
  • Sayre Health Center, Dr. Bernett L. Johnson Center
  • Smith Memorial Playground & Playhouse
  • South Philadelphia Hispanic Community Outreach
  • Southwest Community Development Corporation, Patterson School
  • St. Christopher's Hospital for Children, Center for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CCYSHCN)
  • St. Christopher's Hospital for Children, Farm to Families
  • St. Christopher's Hospital for Children, Legal Clinic for the Disabled, PHILAKids Medical Legal Partnership
  • Temple University, Center for Bioethics, Urban Health and Policy
  • Temple University, Upward Bound
  • To Our Children's Future With Health, Bethune
  • To Our Children's Future With Health, Lamberton
  • Tree House Books
  • Unitarian Universalist House, Outreach Program
  • Urban Blazers
  • Urban Tree Connection
  • Women Against Abuse, Emergency Shelter, Children's Program
  • Youth Emergency Service

 

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University of Pennsylvania
School of Dental Medicine

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