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BTG CHIP 2015-16 Report

Philadelphia Program Activities

Program Established: 1991.

Program Period: June 22 to August 7, 2015.

Students/Projects/Sites: 163 students participated in 72 projects at 77 sites in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Professional Disciplines: Medicine, public health, dental medicine, veterinary medicine, nursing, social work, occupational therapy, physician assistant, creative arts in therapy, pharmacy, and law.

Service Days: Students provided 4,361 days of health-related service.

Participating Institutions: Drexel University, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Temple University, Thomas Jefferson University, University of Pennsylvania, Bryn Mawr College, La Salle University, and University of the Sciences. The Lehigh Valley students participated in Philadelphia’s core curricular sessions.  

Types of Sites Served: Community organization offices, day camps, in the field/community, community health centers/clinics, shelters (homeless or other), treatment centers (day or residential), geriatric activities center/living facility, schools, and recreation centers.

Student Activities:* Planning health activities, health-related client education, research on health issues, community social activities, community outreach, assessing community resources, oral health activities, linking clients with health resources, and literacy activities.

Population Demographics: Mixture of females and males; all ages (project dependent); mixture of races/ethnicities, but predominantly African-American; principally English-speaking.

Community Health Issues:* Diet and nutrition, oral health, exercise, cardiovascular health, mental health, access to health care, and communication.

Community Preceptor Orientation: The Community Preceptor Orientation took place on June 12, 2015, at Salvation Army’s Divisional Headquarters in North Philadelphia. This year in addition to providing attending preceptors with core curriculum, highlights, and program updates, a veteran community preceptor led an interactive session about Community Preceptors' views.

Didactic Sessions: Students from across the city received a full-day orientation on June 24, 2015, and spent each subsequent Wednesday in didactic sessions. Orientation and core curriculum sessions included the following: Program Overview; Mural Arts; SHARE; Risk Management & Social Media; Safety; Welcome From the PA Department of Health; Introduction of Resource Fair; BTG Legacy, Themes and Evaluation; Resources and Rational for Oral Health Programs; Healthy People in a Healthy Philadelphia; Professional Practice with Cultural Humility; Philadelphia Juvenile Justice Service Center Reads The New Jim Crow; The Prescription Drug Abuse Epidemic: An Opportunity to Impact Safer Prescribing for Our Patients and Communities; Incarceration; I can't believe what I just heard! Challenging Scenarios for BTG Interns Working with Children; Insurance; Health Literacy; Addressing the Consequences of Substance Abuse: The Nuts and Bolts of Harm Reduction and Syringe Exchange; Firearm Violence: A Public Health Issue; Building Resilience; None of Us Are Home Until All of Us Are Home.

In addition, on July 1, 2015, in the morning, all students attended one of seven skill-building workshops designed to help students acquire skills directly relevant to their projects: Summer Success Skills; Fostering Resilience Through Art-Making; Understanding the Families We Serve; Homelessness/Mental Health/Addiction; Observing, Listening, and Sharing: Ideas for Working with Older Adults; The Impact of Immigration Culture and Status on Access to Health Care; and Working with Adolescents. On subsequent Wednesdays, students returned to their component programs for afternoon didactic sessions.

Community Resource Session: To give students an understanding of how to access the many existing resources in the city, community organizations were invited to the orientation lunch to share information about their work. Participating community organizations included College of Physicians/ Mütter Museum; Lutheran Settlement House (Domestic Violence); Maternity Care Coalition, Cribs for Kids Program; Oral Health Resources- University of Pennsylvania, School of Dental Medicine; Pennsylvania Department of Health; Philadelphia Corporation for Aging; Public Citizens for Children and Youth (PCCY); The Food Trust; NewCourtland Senior Services; Food Buying Club (APM); Sickle Cell Disease Association (SCDAA).

Oral Health Activities: A Dental Mentor and Registered Dental Hygienist from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine offered information and resources so that students could conduct oral health education activities at their sites, if appropriate. Students also continued to have access to oral health supplies. Students reported that 69.4 percent of the community sites received oral health activities. Students estimated that they provided health education to 2,434 children (aged 13 and under), 168 youth (aged 14 to 20) and 741 adults.  

Cardiovascular Health Activities: One hundred twenty-four (124) out of the 163 BTG CHIP Philadelphia student interns who completed the program and responded to BTG’s Cardiovascular Activity Questionnaire reported that they engaged in cardiovascular educational activities in Philadelphia. This encompassed 75.0 percent of community-based projects throughout the city.

Philadelphia’s Annual Heart Smart Dinner took place on July 15, 2015, at Thomas Jefferson University. The event is designed as a way to raise awareness and understanding of cardiovascular health, while celebrating community involvement in BTG. Students, faculty, community preceptors and some clients from participating community organizations attend. In the weeks leading up to the dinner, BTG students work with community partners (except at sites where the activity is not appropriate) developing colorful posters that illustrate a heart smart theme. On the night of the dinner, all the posters created by the community organizations are displayed and attendees vote on their favorite. Winning sites are offered a $100 award. This year the winning posters were from Health Federation, Early Head Start and East Park Revitalization Alliance (EPRA). 

Annual Symposium: The BTG 25th Anniversary Symposium took place on October 9, 2015, at Congregation Rodeph Shalom. See details.

*The information provided here reflects only those categories reported by 40% or more of students participating at this BTG program location.

2015-16 Philadelphia Program Participants

Drexel University

Program Staff and Faculty
Elissa Goldberg, MSS, LSW, Program Director
Pamela Brownstein
Mario Cruz, MD

Academic Preceptors
Susan Brooks, JD
Ronald Comer, DSW, MA
Mario Cruz, MD
Blair Dickinson, MD
Stacy Ellen, DO, FAAP
Leslie Everts, MD
Annette Gadegbeku, MD
Elissa Goldberg, MSS, LSW
Jeremiah Goldstein, MD
Florence Ierardi, MM, MT-BC, LPC
Raymond Lum, MPhil, MS
Katie McPeak, MD
Candace Robertson-James, DrPH
Ellen Schelly-Hill, MMT, BC-DMT,
Ryan Schroeder, MD
Daniel Taylor, DO
Elizabeth Templeton, EdD, BC-DMT, NCC
Vincent J. Zarro, MD, PhD

Community Preceptors
Michelle Abbruzzese, MSS
Maribel Arzuaga, BA
Roberta Balsam, MA
Rachel Compton, MSW, LCSW
Theodore Corbin, MD, MPP
Eric Dolaway
Terry Dougherty, MEd
Mary J. Fallon, MA, NHA
Katie Feehan, MPH, CHES
Jacinto J. Grant, MSW
Ben Hirsh
John Jacobs, MS
Suku John, PhD
Lora Magaldi, MA
Arlene Malcolm-Bell, PhD
Maya C. Muhammad, MPH
Kelli Myers-Gottemoller, MSW, LSW
Michael O’Bryan
Elizabeth Oquendo, Esq
Sarah Pivonka, BS
Katie Price, PhD
David Reis
John Rich, MD, MPH
Maria Tate
Stacey Trooskin, MD, PhD
Renee Turchi, MD, MPH
Lori Walsh
Steveanna Wynn, BS

Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

Program Staff and Faculty
Denise Curran, MS, Program Director
John Costa, MEd

Academic Preceptors
John Costa, MEd
Denise Curran, MS
Yardlee S. Kauffman, PharmD,
Pat Anthony Lannutti, DO

Community Preceptors
Cynthia Davis
Eric Dolaway
Dottie Gibbs, LPN
Mary Horstmann
Rebecca Kochman, MSW
Jaclynn Ries, MS
Carol Rogers, PA-C
Regina Smith, RN
Eric Williamson
Michelle Woltz, MHS, CRNP, CARN
Steveanna Wynn, BS
Kate Zmich

Temple University

Program Staff and Faculty
Dianne Butera, MSW, Program Director

Academic Preceptors
Vanessa Atkins, MS
Tariem Burroughs, MSODL
Dianne Butera, MSW
Melanie Cosby, PhD
Jacquee Lukawski, MEd
Kathy Reeves, MD

Community Preceptors
Jesse Bilger
Robin Bonfield, MSW
Naida Burgos
Julian Cohen-Serrins
Janell Davis
Yvette Davis
Marla R. Davis-Bellamy, JD, MGA
Kelly Delvin
Holden Jones
Mark McAndrew
Yvonne McCoy, MBA
Charmaine Sudler Milligan
Doris Phillips
Antonio Romero
Nancy L. Rothman, EdD, RN
Terrence Seales
Kevin Weber
Barbara Whitmore
Steveanna Wynn, BS
Leah Yarmus


Thomas Jefferson University

Program Staff and Faculty
Maria Hervada-Page, MSS, Program Director
R. Patrick McManus, Jr., MD
George P. Valko, MD

Academic Preceptors
Rickie Brawer, PhD, MPH
Nancy Brisbon, MD
Maria Hervada-Page, MSS
Mary Hess, PharmD, FASHP, FCCM
Caryn Johnson, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA
Patrick McManus, MD
James Plumb, MD, MPH
George Valko, MD
Robert Winn, MD, MS, AAHIVS

Community Preceptors
Mark Atwood, MS
Gwendolyn Bailey, LSW, MSW
Katherine Baumgardner, MSW
Mary Ellen Bolden, BSW
Valerie Canavin
Barbara Coleman
Barbara Dorsey, BSW
Kisha Gadsden
Paul Giannette, MA
Mary Horstmann
Luke McKetta
Jess Nambudiri, MSW
Edna Reddick
Clayton Ruley, MSS, MLSP
Gretchen Shanfeld, MPH
Misty Sparks
Terry Trudeau, MEd
Noelle Warford, LSW, MSW
Bethany Welch, PhD
Skip Wiener, MLA
Eric Williamson
Steveanna Wynn, BS

University of Pennsylvania

Program Staff and Faculty
Ellen Martinak, MS, Program Director
Louis M. Bell, Jr., MD
Peter F. Cronholm, MD, MSCE
Mary Frances Cummings, MPH, RDH
Zvi D. Gellis, PhD
Joan I. Gluch, PhD, RDH, PHDHP
Bridget McCormick, BS
Ann L. O’Sullivan, PhD, FAAN, CPNP
Susan Primavera
Anthony Rostain, MD, MA
Lucy Wolf Tuton, PhD

Academic Preceptors
Cindy Christian, MD
Joel Fein MD, MPH
Joan Gluch, PhD, RDH, PHDHP
Jack Lewis, DSW, LCSW
Ann L. O’Sullivan, PhD, FAAN, CRNP
Anthony Rostain, MD, MA
Brittany Watson Tisa, VMD, PhD
Brian David Work, MD, MPH

Community Preceptors
Lisa Abdul-Haqq, RN, BSN, MA
Sarah Amazeen, MSW, LSW
Mark Atwood, MS
Jacqui Bowman, PhD
Marjorie Dejoie-Brewer, MD
Barbara Dorsey, BSW
Joel Fein, MD, MPH
Kisha Gadsden
Paul Giannette, MA
Mary Horstmann
Kiasha Huling, MSW, LSW
Colleen McCauley, RN, BSN, MPH
Esther Morales
Maya C. Muhammad, MPH
Edna Reddick
David Reis
Clayton Ruley, MSS, MLSP
Ingrid Sidorov, BSN, MSN
ChrisAnne Smith
Lorraine Thomas
Frank Torrisi, DDS, MBA
Terry Trudeau, MEd
Laura Vega, MSW, LSW
Alia Walker
Bethany Welch, PhD
Eric Williamson
Alexandra Wolkoff
Steveanna Wynn, BS

2015-16 Philadelphia Community Partners

For a complete alphabetical list of all 2015 BTG CHIP community partners and to view community project summaries by site, click here.

  • 11th Street Family Health Services
  • Aquinas Center
  • Asociacion Puertorriquenos en Marcha
  • Beckett Life Center
  • C a Difference
  • Center for Education and Public Initiatives, The College of Physicians of Philadelphia
  • Centro Nueva Creación
  • CHOP Violence Intervention Program
  • City of Philadelphia Department of Public Health
  • Covenant House Pennsylvania
  • Depaul House
  • Dr. Bernard L. Johnson Jr., Sayre Health Center
  • Earth’s Keepers, Inc.
  • East Park Revitalization Alliance
  • EducationWorks
  • EducationWorks, WorkReady Philadelphia
  • Family Practice and Counseling Network Health Annex
  • Francis J. Myers Recreation Center
  • Gaudenzia Inc.
  • Haddington Townhouses, Summer Youth Program
  • Hall Mercer
  • Healing Hurt People, Center for Nonviolence and Social Justice
  • Healthy Philadelphia
  • HERO
  • Intercommunity Action, Inc., Journey’s Way
  • Legacy Youth Tennis and Education
  • Legal Clinic for the Disabled, St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, Medical Legal Partnership
  • LIFE A Practice of Penn Nursing
  • Lutheran Children & Family Service
  • Lutheran Settlement House, Senior Center
  • Maternity Care Coalition, Cribs for Kids
  • Mazzoni Center
  • Mercy Hospice
  • Mercy Neighborhood Ministries of Philadelphia, Inc.
  • Nationalities Service Center
  • North Light Community Center
  • Northern Children’s Services
  • Philadelphia City Rowing
  • Philadelphia FIGHT
  • Philadelphia Food Access Collaborative, Mayor’s Office of Community Empowerment & Opportunity
  • Philadelphia Futures
  • Philadelphia Senior Center
  • Prevention Point Philadelphia
  • Project HOME, Women of Change
  • Public Citizens for Children and Youth
  • Puentes de Salud
  • Ready, Willing & Able
  • Refugee Resettlement Program, HIAS Pennsylvania
  • Salvation Army Red Shield Family Residence
  • SHARE Food Program
  • Sickle Cell Disease Association of America/Philadelphia Delaware Valley Chapter (SCDAA/PDVC)
  • Smith Memorial Playground & Playhouse
  • Southwest Community Development Corporation
  • St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children
  • Temple Health Connection
  • Temple University Center for Bioethics, Urban Health and Policy
  • Temple University, Upward Bound
  • The Attic Youth Center
  • The Bethesda Project, My Brother’s House
  • The Health Federation, Early Head Start Program
  • The Village of Arts and Humanities
  • To Our Children’s Future With Health
  • Unitarian Universalist House
  • Urban Blazers
  • Urban Tree Connection
  • Veterans Multi-Service Center
  • Women Against Abuse
  • Women Against Abuse Sojourner House
  • Youth Emergency Service
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Dylan Bordonaro
University of Pennsylvania
School of Dental Medicine

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