Program Established: 1996.
Program Period: May 31 to July 15, 2016.
Students/Projects/Sites: 16 students worked on 16 projects at 16 community sites in Erie, Pennsylvania.
Professional Discipline: Medicine.
Service Days: Students provided 448 days of health-related service.
Types of Sites Served: Community organization office, geriatric facility (activity or residential), in the field/community, community health center/clinic, hospital clinic, recreation center, and shelter (homeless or other).
Student Activities:* Oral health activities, planning health activities, health-related client education, community social activities, community outreach, research on health issues, advocacy activities, client interviews, linking clients with health resources, assessing community resources, literacy activities, 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, personal hygiene, cardiovascular health, obesity, access to health care, communication, diabetes, child care, mental health, cultural beliefs/practices, and women’s health.
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 Developmental Disabilities.
Community Event: A Community Preceptor Luncheon was held on March 31, 2016, at LECOM. The event allowed new community sites to learn more about the program and to meet with sites that have been with the program for a longer period. Additionally, a Meet and Greet event, held on April 28, 2016, enabled the students selected for the 2016 Bridging the Gaps Program to meet the administration and faculty and all the community sites seeking interns for their facilities. 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: 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. The presentation emphasized 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, 2016, 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.
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