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"The highlight of the day was the interaction with the interns talking about their programs and learning about resources ... The connections with other organizations are too many to name ... I am so impressed with what BTG is doing for the students and for this community."
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About the Annual Symposium

The BTG Annual Symposium is held each fall in Philadelphia. Students present their projects as poster displays and facilitate workshops based on the public health issues they encountered during their BTG Community Health Internship. The Symposium is open to the broader community, providing a forum for dialogue and networking opportunities among public health officials, community organizations and agency personnel, grantmakers, academic faculty and staff, students, and others interested in improving the quality of life in our communities.

Each year, BTG honors an individual, whose work embodies the values and ideals of the program. The honoree acts as the symposium’s keynote speaker and his or her book serves as a central text for the Community Health Internship Program.

David Sheff On September 12, 2014, BTG celebrated its 24th program year at the Annual Symposium. Author David Sheff served as the keynote speaker. Sheff’s New York Times best seller, “Beautiful Boy,” chronicles his harrowing struggle to help his son overcome a methamphetamine addiction. The book’s publication ultimately led Sheff on a decade-long quest to understand why America is losing its war on drugs. His search culminated with “Clean,” a myth-shattering look at drug use and treatment, based on the latest research in psychology, neuroscience and medicine. His reports on the science of addiction earned him a place on Time magazine’s list of the world’s most influential people.

See the highlights of the 2014 Annual Symposium.



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