"Their [the BTG students'] involvement helps us with our summer programming and we not only appreciate and benefit from this, but we have come to depend on it."
BTG Community Preceptor
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Pittsburgh BTG Web Site and Application

Bridging the Gaps Program Faculty and Staff

Thistle Elias, DrPH, MPA
University of Pittsburgh BTG Program Director

Graduate School of Public Health
203A Parran Hall
Pittsburgh, PA  15261

Joan Harvey, MD
University of Pittsburgh BTG Program Co-Director
School of Medicine

CHIP Eligibility

University of Pittsburgh students who have completed the equivalent of one year in the following graduate programs are eligible to participate in the Bridging the Gaps Community Health Internship Program (some exceptions are made depending on prior experience):

  • Graduate School of Public Health
  • School of Dental Medicine
  • School of Medicine
  • School of Nursing
  • School of Pharmacy
  • School of Social Work

Pittsburgh Students who meet the eligibility criteria must:

BTG Application Form

2014 BTG CHIP Community Partners – University of Pittsburgh

  • Bethlehem Haven Women's Shelter
  • Center of Life
  • Community Human Services
  • Council of Three Rivers American Indian Center (COTRAIC), Early Head Start Program
  • Gay and Lesbian Community Center-SAY Youth Collaborative
  • Gwen's Girls
  • Hazelwood YMCA
  • Heritage Community Initiatives
  • Sojourner House

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

BTG Advisory Board – University of Pittsburgh

Maria Aguiluz-Abunto, MD, BTG Alumna
Jessica Burke, PhD, MHS, Graduate School of Public Health
Sharon Connor, PharmD, School of Pharmacy
Kristen DePaor, Development  Director, Graduate School of Public Health
Joan Harvey, MD, Associate Dean, Office of Student Affairs, School of Medicine
Jon Pletcher, MD, School of Medicine
Ann Mitchell, PhD, RN, HNC, School of Nursing  
Richard Rubin, DDS, MMPH, School of Dental Medicine
Tracy M. Soska, MSW, School of Social Work
Martha Ann Terry, PhD, Graduate School of Public Health

Community Partners: Deborah Gallagher, MSW; Sharon Jones, BS, CAC, CCDP; and Adrienne Walnoha, MSW

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