Program Established: 1996.
Program Period: June 1 to July 17, 2015.
Students/Projects/Sites: 26 students worked on 15 projects at 15 community sites in Erie, Pennsylvania.
Professional Discipline: Medicine.
Service Days: Students provided 727 days of health-related service.
Types of Sites Served: Community organization offices, client homes, geriatric activities/living facility, in the field/community, community health center, and day camps.
Student Activities:* Health-related client education, oral health activities, planning health activities, research on health issues, assessing community resources, community social activities, advocacy activities, community outreach, client interviews, direct service delivery, linking clients with health resources, evaluation of existing programs, and teaching living skills.
Population Demographics: Mixture of females and males; all ages; mixture of race/ethnicities; primarily English speaking.
Community Health Issues:* Diet and nutrition, oral health, exercise, access to health care, mental health, diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular health, physical disability, communication, personal hygiene, budgeting/personal finances, and homelessness.
Didactic Sessions: The Lake Erie College of Medicine (LECOM) BTG Program held their didactic sessions on Wednesday mornings. Speakers included faculty and personnel from LECOM, as well as from relevant health and social service agencies with specific expertise in health-related issues. The sessions included Community Health Care, Dental Health, Serving the Elderly, Domestic Violence, and Communicating with Hospitalized Individuals with Intellectual and Development Disabilities.
Community Event: At LECOM, a community preceptor luncheon was held on March 26, 2015, which allowed new community sites to learn more about the program and to meet with sites that have been with the program longer. Additionally, a meet-and-greet event, held on April 14, 2015, enabled the students selected for the 2015 Bridging the Gaps Program to meet the administration and faculty and all the community sites seeking an intern. During the meet and greet, the community preceptors set up small displays about their agencies, and the students visited each display to hear about project opportunities and learn about the sites.
Oral Health Activities: In Erie, Amber Pascuzzi served as the dental mentor. Amber held an oral health session early in the program for the LECOM BTG students. The presentation and discussion addressed why oral health is an important component of overall health and how oral health can be incorporated into students’ patient and community encounters. Emphasis was placed on recognizing existing cultural issues and dental needs within the populations at the various sites.
Poster Presentation: The LECOM Annual Poster Presentation was held on August 10, 2015, at the college. The event was attended by representatives of the BTG community sites, invited guests, faculty and students of LECOM. The posters were divided into categories based on the community site focus.
*The information provided here reflects only those categories reported by 40% or more of students participating at this BTG program location.
For a complete alphabetical list of all 2015 BTG CHIP community partners and to view community project summaries by site, click here.
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