Program Established: 1997
Program Period: June 8 to July 31, 2009
Students/Projects/Sites: 15 students worked on 7 projects at 7 community sites in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Professional Disciplines: Medicine, nursing, pharmacy, public health, social work.
Service Days: Students provided 454 days of health-related service.
Locations Served: Community organization offices, treatment centers (day or residential), in the field/community, client homes, community health centers/clinics, schools, day camps, recreation centers, shelters (homeless or other), geriatric facilities (activity-based or residential).
Student Activities:* Community social activities, health activities planning, health-related client education, client interviews, health issues research, community outreach, advocacy activities, community resource assessment, linking clients with health resources, oral health activities.
Population Demographics: Mixture of men and women; all ages (except for geriatric population); mixture of races and ethnicities; black/African-American; English-speaking.
Community Health Issues:* Diet and nutrition, mental health, oral health, communication (language/literacy), homelessness, exercise, poverty, access to health care, budgeting/personal finances, violence, cultural beliefs/practices, substance abuse, asthma, child care, race/ethnicity, women’s health, STDs, teen pregnancy, diabetes, HIV, personal hygiene, sexual questions/issues.
Community Preceptor Orientation: On May 13, 2009, Pittsburgh held an orientation workshop required for all new community and faculty preceptors to introduce them to the program. Several former mentors shared their experiences and perspectives.
Didactic Sessions: Students attended orientation, along with eight weekly sessions (approximately 5.5 hours per week). Topics included Inequalities Within Women’s Health; The Problem Isn’t Homelessness, It’s Lack of Housing!; Experiential Poverty Exercise; The Hill as Community and Trip to The Hill; Creative Community-Based Research; Oral Health for the Underserved; and Health Literacy. Guest speakers represented community-based program providers, academicians and individuals from underserved backgrounds.
Community Event: Pittsburgh’s annual social took place on July 8, 2009, at a Lebanese restaurant in one of the program’s partnering communities. The event is open to all community mentors, faculty preceptors, students and community members, and is designed to give program participants an opportunity to network and interact with each other in a social setting.
Oral Health Activities: BTG students attended Oral Health for the Underserved, a presentation that offered an understanding of oral health needs in the community. All students were also required to complete an online oral health tutorial to expose them to the most common oral health concerns. Two dental students and a public health student (part-time BTG interns) provided resources and guidance to students and helped them prepare for their oral health presentations. All of the Pittsburgh projects incorporated oral health activities. According to student estimates, 71 children (aged 13 and under), 72 youth/young adults (aged 14 to 20) and 57 adults received oral health education.
Symposium: The University of Pittsburgh held its Annual Day of Presentations Symposium on July 31, 2009, the last day of the BTG Program. Students celebrated their summer projects through poster presentations, and two select student groups gave oral presentations of their summer projects. In lieu of a keynote speaker this year, the Pittsburgh program was pleased to present performances by COL Jazz and K.R.U.N.K. Movement, two youth-led musical groups that grew out of programming at the Center of Life (COL), one of Pittsburgh’s community partners. The former group is a professional quality jazz ensemble and the latter is a group of rappers and dancers promoting positive health messages.
*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 2009 BTG CHIP community partners and to view community project summaries by site, click here.
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