"The members gained information about maintaining their health ... [and] began to see coherence in establishing healthy on-going practices ... Our members and staff shared freely with the BTG students and felt they were contributing to the education of professionals who wanted to be more understanding."
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Bridging the Gaps Program Faculty and Staff


Ellen Martinak, MS
University of Pennsylvania BTG Associate Director

Susan Primavera
University of Pennsylvania

Bridget McCormick, BS
University of Pennsylvania

School of Medicine
Room 914 Blockley Hall, 423 Guardian Drive
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Louis M. Bell Jr., MD, School of Medicine
Peter F. Cronholm, MD, MSCE, School of Medicine
Zvi Gellis, PhD, School of Social Policy & Practice
Joan I. Gluch, PhD, RDH, School of Dental Medicine
Ann L. O’Sullivan, PhD, FAAN, CPNP, School of Nursing
Anthony Rostain, MD, MA, School of Medicine
Brittany Watson, VMD, PhD, School of Veterinary Medicine
Lucy Wolf Tuton, PhD, Executive Director, Bridging the Gaps
Brian Work, MD, MPH, School of Medicine

CHIP Eligibility

University of Pennsylvania Students who have completed their first year in the following schools are eligible to participate in the Bridging the Gaps Community Health Internship Program:

  • Graduate Program in Public Health Studies
  • Law School1
  • School of Dental Medicine2
  • School of Medicine3
  • School of Nursing4
  • School of Social Policy and Practice5
  • School of Veterinary Medicine6

1 Law Students:  Students interested in Health Law should contact Arlene Rivera Finkelstein at the Law School’s Toll Public Interest Center to discuss the BTG CHIP program and the possibility of being partnered with a more traditional legal internship for the rest of the summer.

2 Dental Students: Successful completion of the seven-week Community Health Internship Program provides academic credit for the Selective Program

3 Medical Students: Successful completion of the seven-week Community Health Internship Program is noted on the medical students' transcripts and meets partial requirements for the Community Health Certificate: Bridging the Gaps Scholar; Sayre Scholar; Women’s Health Scholar; and Global Health Scholar (participation may meet partial requirements for additional certificate programs).

4 Nursing Students: Successful completion of the first clinical nursing course is an eligibility requirement.

5 Social Work Students: Successful completion of the seven-week Community Health Internship Program provides extracurricular service learning that includes working on a team, learning about interprofessional health and community-based health promotion.

6 Veterinary Students: Students interested should contact Brittany Watson to discuss the program and will apply through the scholarship committee. Independent credit is available.

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2017 BTG CHIP Community Partners – University of Pennsylvania

  • Aquinas Center
  • Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Gender and Sexuality Development Clinic  
  • College of Physicians of Philadelphia
  • Covenant House Pennsylvania
  • Earth's Keepers, Inc., Farm at Bartram’s Garden
  • Francis J. Myers Recreation Center
  • Hall Mercer, Community Mental Health Center
  • Health Federation
  • HIAS and Council Migration Services of Philadelphia
  • Maternity Care Coalition, Cribs for Kids
  • Nurse-Family Partnership and Mabel Morris Family Home
  • Philadelphia Department of Public Health, Patient Assistance Program
  • Philadelphia FIGHT
  • Philadelphia Juvenile Justice Services Center
  • Philly Thrive
  • Prevention Point Philadelphia
  • Public Citizens for Children and Youth (PCCY)
  • Sayre Health Center, Dr. Bernett L. Johnson Center
  • SHARE Food Program, Inc.
  • Sickle Cell Disease Association of America: Philadelphia/Delaware Valley Chapter (SCDAA/PDVC)
  • Southwest Community Development Corporation, Patterson School

For an alphabetical list of all 2016 BTG CHIP community partners and to view 2016 community project summaries by site, click here.

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