"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 Staff


Ellen Martinak, MS
University of Pennsylvania BTG Associate Director

Susan Primavera
University of Pennsylvania BTG Program Administrative Coordinator

Bridget McCormick, BS
University of Pennsylvania BTG Program Coordinator

School of Medicine
Room 911 Blockley Hall, 423 Guardian Drive
Philadelphia, PA 19104

University of Pennsylvania BTG Program Faculty

Louis M. Bell Jr., MD, School of Medicine
Peter F. Cronholm, MD, MSCE, School of Medicine
Mary Frances Cummings, MPH, RDH
, School of Dental Medicine
Arlene Rivera Finkelstein, JD, University of Pennsylvania Law School
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
Lucy Wolf Tuton, PhD, Executive Director, Bridging the Gaps

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

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; West Philadelphia Scholar; Women’s Health Scholar; and Global Health Scholar.

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.

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2014 BTG CHIP Community Partners – University of Pennsylvania

  • Bebashi, Transition to Hope
  • Children’s Crisis Treatment Center, Therapeutic Nursery
  • Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Early Head Start Program
  • College of Physicians of Philadelphia
  • Covenant House Pennsylvania
  • Earth's Keepers, Inc.
  • EducationWorks, Kensington Health and Science High School Project
  • Frankie’s World
  • Hall Mercer, Child and Family Unit
  • Health Federation, Early Head Start
  • HIAS and Council Migration Services of Philadelphia
  • LIFE A Practice of Penn Nursing
  • Maternity Care Coalition, Cribs for Kids
  • Myers Recreation Center [Francis J.]
  • Philadelphia Department of Public Health, Patient Assistance Program
  • Philadelphia FIGHT
  • Prevention Point Philadelphia
  • Public Citizens for Children and Youth (PCCY)
  • Puentes de Salud, Puentes Hacia el Futuro
  • Ready, Willing & Able, Inc.
  • Sayre Health Center, Dr. Bernett L. Johnson Center
  • South Philadelphia Hispanic Community Outreach
  • Southwest Community Development Corporation, Patterson School

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


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