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2010 Symposium Highlights 

The Annual Symposium took place on September 24, 2010, at Rodeph Shalom, 615 North Broad Street, Philadelphia. Students presented posters on their projects and led workshops on community health issues for attendees representing multiple constituencies (e.g., community representatives, public health officials, agency personnel, grantmakers, and university faculty and staff). Representatives from the programs in Erie, Lehigh Valley, New Jersey and Pittsburgh also presented posters at the Philadelphia Symposium. One of the goals of the Symposium is to provide an opportunity for attendees to network and to exchange information about resources throughout the city. 

BTG presented its 2010 award to the plenary session keynote speaker, Wendell Pierce.  An actor and activist, Pierce is best known for his roles as Detective Bunk Moreland on the award-winning HBO series “The Wire” and most recently as Antoine Batiste in HBO’s “Treme,” set in post-Katrina New Orleans. A native New Orleanian, Pierce is the founder and president of the city’s nonprofit Pontchartrain Park Community Development Corporation (PPCDC), whose mission is to protect and restore the historic, hurricane-ravaged Pontchartrain Park community, where the actor once resided.

In celebration of the 20th year of BTG, the Symposium also included a video retrospective of the program and the presentation of a Mayor’s Proclamation honoring Bridging the Gaps by Dr. Donald Schwarz, Deputy Mayor for Health and Opportunity and Health Commissioner for the City of Philadelphia.

ProclamationBridging the Gaps was honored with a Mayor’s Proclamation, presented by Dr. Donald Schwarz, Deputy Mayor for Health and Opportunity and Health Commissioner for the City of Philadelphia.


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