Program Established: 1997.
Program Period: June 7 to July 30, 2010
Students/Projects/Sites: 17 students worked on 8 projects at 8 community sites in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Professional Disciplines: Medicine, nursing, pharmacy, public health, social work.
Service Days: Students provided 493 days of health-related service.
Locations Served: Community organization offices, treatment centers (day or residential), community health centers/clinics, day camps, shelters (homeless or other), various other sites.
Student Activities:* Health issues research, health-related client education, health activities planning, oral health activities, community social activities, community outreach, community resource assessment, development or administration of surveys, client interviews, evaluation of existing programs, linking clients with health resources.
Population Demographics: Mixture of females and males; all ages; mixture of races and ethnicities; black/African American; English speaking.
Community Health Issues:* Diet and nutrition, oral health, communication (language/literacy), exercise, poverty, access to health care, insurance/social services, mental health, obesity, homelessness, substance abuse, cultural beliefs/practices, STDs, child care, sexual questions/issues, transportation, violence, HIV, personal hygiene, women's health, asthma, budgeting/personal finances, race/ethnicity, teen pregnancy.
Community Preceptor Orientation: On May 10, 2010, Pittsburgh held an orientation workshop required for all new community and faculty preceptors to introduce them to the program.
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 included community-based program providers, academic faculty and individuals from underserved backgrounds.
Oral Health Activities: BTG students attended Oral Health for the Underserved, a presentation that offered information about the oral health needs in the community. A week earlier, all interns were required to complete an online oral health tutorial developed by School of Dentistry faculty to give them basic knowledge related to the most common oral health terms and concerns. Two dental students and a public health student (not BTG interns) helped each team of students prepare for their oral health community presentations, provided resources and guidance, and attended presentations as requested. Students also had access to a faculty member who served as the dental mentor. All of the Pittsburgh projects incorporated oral health activities. According to student estimates, 63 children (aged 13 and under), 50 young people (aged 14 to 20) and 183 adults received oral health education.
Community Event: Pittsburgh’s annual social was a potluck dinner that took place on July 15, 2010, in a conference room at the Cathedral of Learning, a historic building in the heart of the University of Pittsburgh’s campus. 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.
Symposium: Pittsburgh’s 14th Annual BTG Day of Presentations was held on the last day of the program, July 30, 2010. Two peer-selected student teams gave presentations on their summer projects, and all student teams exhibited posters on their projects to an audience of community and faculty mentors, students, community members, and members of the advisory board. In lieu of a keynote speaker, the Pittsburgh program was pleased to present an encore performance by COL Jazz, a youth-led musical group that grew out of programming at the Center of Life (COL), one of Pittsburgh’s community partners.
*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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