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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.

BTG 27th Annual Symposium

Eddy ZhengEddy Zheng is co-director of the Oakland-based Asian Prisoner Support Committee (APSC). A Chinese immigrant, he was incarcerated at 16. In prison he taught himself English and became socially conscious. The ordeal motivated a lifelong commitment to youth violence prevention, to raising awareness about the large number of Asian and Pacific Islander immigrants being deported, detained and imprisoned, and to addressing the root causes of the crisis. In 2007 he led a book project that culminated in “Other: An Asian and Pacific Islander Prisoners’ Anthology.” He is the subject of the award-winning documentary, “Breathin’: the Eddy Zheng Story.”


To see highlights of last year's symposium, click here.


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