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BTG CHIP 2016-17 Report

Philadelphia Program Activities

Program Established: 1991.

Program Period: June 20 to August 5, 2016.

Students/Projects/Sites: 152 students participated in 69 projects at 68 sites in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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

Service Days: Students provided 3,985 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, 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, community health center/clinics, in the field/community, recreation center, shelters (homeless or other), geriatric activities center/living facility, and in the hospital clinic.

Student Activities:* Health-related client education, planning health activities, community social activities, research on health issues, assessing community resources, community outreach, advocacy activities, development or administration of surveys, literacy activities, and linking clients with health resources.

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, exercise, cardiovascular health, mental health, oral health, access to health care, poverty, and communication.

Community Preceptor Orientation: The Community Preceptor Orientation took place on June 6, 2016, at The Salvation Army’s Divisional Headquarters in North Philadelphia. In addition to providing attending preceptors with core curriculum, highlights and program updates, this year 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 22, 2016, and spent each subsequent Wednesday in didactic sessions. Orientation and core curriculum sessions included the following: Program Overview; Mural Arts; SHARE; Safety; Introduction of Resource Fair; Risk Management & Social Media; Rationale and Resources for Two Focus Areas: Cardiovascular and Dental Diseases; Bridging the Gaps Evaluation Overview; Workshop: Class Consciousness; Healthy People in a Healthy Philadelphia; Professional Practice with Cultural Humility; Philadelphia Juvenile Justice Service Center; Health Literacy; Mandated Reporting; “I’m just a patient": Two Perspectives on Healthcare; The Prescription Drug Abuse Epidemic: An Opportunity to Impact Safer Prescribing for Our Patients and Communities; Addressing the Consequences of Substance Abuse: The Nuts and Bolts of Harm Reduction and Syringe Exchange; Firearm Violence: A Public Health Issue; Building Resilience; and None of Us Are Home Until All of Us Are Home.

In addition, on the morning of June 29, 2016, all students attended one of seven skill-building workshops designed to help students acquire skills directly relevant to their projects: Engaging Youth in Summer Programming; 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 Immigrant Culture and Status on Access to Health Care; and Working with Adolescents.

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); Oral Health Resources – University of Pennsylvania, School of Dental Medicine; Philadelphia Corporation for Aging; NewCourtland Senior Services; Food Buying Club (APM); The Attic Youth Center; the National Kidney Foundation; PACE.

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 as appropriate. Students continued to have access to oral health supplies. Students reported that 58.8% of community sites participated in oral health activities. Students estimated that they provided health education to 458 children (aged 13 and under), 97 youth (aged 14 to 20) and 433 adults. 

Cardiovascular Health Activities: One hundred fifteen (115) out of the 152 BTG CHIP Philadelphia student interns who completed the program and responded to BTG’s cardiovascular activity questionnaire reported to have engaged in cardiovascular educational activities in Philadelphia. This equates to 75.7% of community-based projects throughout the city.

Philadelphia’s Annual Heart Smart Event took place on July 13, 2016, at Thomas Jefferson University. The event provides 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 event, 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 morning of the event, all the posters created by the community organizations are displayed and attendees vote on their favorites. Winning sites are offered a $100 award. This year, SHARE Food Program, Inc. and To Our Children’s Future with Health had the winning posters.

Annual Symposium: The BTG 26th Annual Symposium took place on September 16, 2016, at The Salvation Army Kroc Center. See details.

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

2016-17 Philadelphia Program Participants

Drexel University

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

Academic Preceptors
Ryan Brannon, MD
Susan L. Brooks, JD
Ronald Comer, DSW
Mario Cruz, MD
Blair Dickinson, MD, MS, FAAP
Stacy B. Ellen, DO, FAAP
Leslie Everts, MD
Annette Gadegbeku, MD
Elissa Goldberg, MSS, LSW
Jeremiah Goldstein, MD
Erica J. Harris, MD, FAAEM
Flossie Ierardi, MM, MT-BC, LPC
Raymond Lum, MPhil, MS
Katie McPeak, MD
Candace Robertson-James, DrPH
Ellen Schelly-Hill, MMT, BC-DMT, LPC
Ryan N. Schroeder, MD
Brent Simmons, MD
Daniel Taylor, DO
Sandra Wolf, MD, OBGYN
Vincent J. Zarro, MD, PhD

Community Preceptors
Michelle Abbruzzese, MSS
Maribel Arzuaga, BA
Roberta Balsam, MA
Joy Bullard, MA, MT-BC, LPC
Rachel Compton, MSW, LSW
Theodore Corbin, MD, MPP
Kelly Courts
Eric Dolaway
Terry Dougherty, MEd
Katie Feehan, MPH, CHES
Jacinto J. Grant, MSW
Cynthia Haskin, JD
Ben Hirsh
John Jacobs, MS
Suku John, PhD
Hans B. Kersten, MD, FAAP
Lora Magaldi, MA
Arlene Malcolm-Bell, PhD
Shannon Morgan, MSS
Maya C. Muhammad, MPH
Jess Nambudiri, MSW
Michael O’Bryan
Sarah Pivonka, BS
Katie Price, PhD
David Reis
John Rich, MD, MPH
Gretchen Shanfeld, MPH
Maria Tate
Stacey Trooskin, MD, PhD
Renee Turchi, MD, MPH, FAAP
Lori Walsh
Steveanna Wynn, BS

Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

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

Academic Preceptors
Denise Curran, MS
Pat Lannutti, DO
Cathy Y. Poon, PharmD, FPPAG

Community Preceptors
Ronda Blackson, RN
Laura Crandall
Eric Dolaway
Dana Griffith, BS
Rebecca Kochman, MSW
Emily Labree, LSW
Lilly Lugo
Maya C. Muhammad, MPH
Jaclynn Ries, MS
Kelly Sanford, BSW
Mark Weber, BS
Michelle Woltz, MHS, CRNP, CARN
Steveanna Wynn, BS
Kate Zmich

Temple University

Program Staff and Faculty
Dianne Butera, MSW, Program Director

Academic Preceptors
Tariem A. Burroughs, MSEd, MSODL
Dianne Butera, MSW
Jacquee K. Lukawski, MEd

Community Preceptors
Vanessa Atkins, MS
Naida Burgos
Yvette Davis
Kelly Devlin, MSW
Zareya Lewis
Mark McAndrew
Yvonne McCoy, MBA
Charmaine Sudler Milligan
Doris Phillips
Antonio Romero
Nancy Rothman, EdD, RN
Kevin Weber
Jacquelyn S. Wyley
Steveanna Wynn, BS
Sarah Yemane, MEd
Christine Zacchei, MSS, LSW


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
R. Patrick McManus, MD
James Plumb, MD, MPH
Robert Simmons, DrPH, MPH, MCHES, CPH
George P. Valko, MD

Community Preceptors
Mark Atwood, MS
Katherine Baumgardner, MSW
Mary Ellen Bolden, BSW
Barbara Bungy, MPH, MBA
Barbara Coleman
Patty Inacker, MSW, MBA
Keevon Johnson, BS
Katherine Kinsey, PhD, RN, FAAN
Maya C. Muhammad, MPH
Shauntay Murray BS, CLC
Jess Nambudiri, MSW
Edna Reddick
Clayton Ruley, MSS, MLSP
Gretchen Shanfeld, MPH
Misty Sparks
Lorraine Thomas
Noelle Warford, LSW, MSW
Bethany Welch, PhD
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
Whitney Cabey, MD
Peter Cronholm, MD, MSCE
Nadia Dowshen, MD
Zvi D. Gellis, PhD
Kenneth Ginsburg, MD, MSEd
Joan I. Gluch, PhD, RDH, PHDHP
Amy Hillier, MSW, PhD
Jeffrey Hom, MD, MPH
Shreya Kangovi, MD, MSHP
Anna Morgan, MD, MSc
Ann L. O’Sullivan, PhD, FAAN, CRNP
Roy Wade Jr., MD, PhD, MPH, MSHP
Brittany Watson, VMD, PhD
Brian Work, MD, MPH

Community Preceptors
Victoria Adomolga
Jacqui Bowman, PhD
Barbara Bungy, MPH, MBA
Tamala Carter, CHW
Marjorie Dejoie-Brewer, MD
Timene Farlow, MSW
Carrie Fox-Kline, MSW
Linda Hawkins, PhD, LPC
Kiasha Huling, MSW, LSW
Patty Inacker, MSW, MBA
Katherine Kinsey, PhD, RN, FAAN
Gwen Lech, MSN, CRNP
Colleen McCauley, RN, BSN, MPH
Esther Morales
Maya C. Muhammad, MPH
Shauntay Murray, BS, CLC
Edna Reddick
David Reis
Clayton Ruley, MSS, MLSP
Lorraine Thomas
Sister Alia Walker
Bethany Welch, PhD
Alexandra Wolkoff
Steveanna Wynn, BS

2016-17 Philadelphia Community Partners

For a complete alphabetical list of all 2016 BTG CHIP community partners and to view community project summaries by site, click here.

  • Allegheny Senior Center
  • Aquinas Center
  • Asociación Puertorriqueños en Marcha
  • Beckett Life Center
  • Bethesda Project, My Brother’s House
  • C a Difference
  • Cancer Support Community of Greater Philadelphia
  • CARIE (Center for the Advocacy of the Rights and Interests of the Elderly)
  • Center for Education and Public Initiatives, The College of Physicians of Philadelphia
  • Centro Nueva Creación
  • Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), Gender and Sexuality Development Clinic
  • City of Philadelphia Department of Public Health
  • Covenant House Pennsylvania
  • Depaul USA
  • Dr. Bernett L. Johnson Jr.
  • Sayre Health Center
  • Drexel University College of Medicine
  • Earth’s Keepers, Inc.
  • East Park Revitalization Alliance
  • EducationWorks
  • Food and Wellness Network
  • Francis J. Myers Recreation Center
  • Gaudenzia, Inc.
  • Hahnemann Hospital, Healing Hurt People: Center for Nonviolence and Social Justice
  • Hall Mercer
  • HERO
  • Journey’s Way
  • Legacy Youth Tennis and Education
  • Lutheran Settlement House, Senior Center
  • Maternity Care Coalition, Cribs for Kids
  • Medical Legal Community Partnership
  • Mercy Hospice
  • Mercy LIFE – West Philadelphia
  • Mercy Neighborhood Ministries
  • Nationalities Service Center
  • North Light Community Center
  • Northern Children’s Services
  • Nurse Family Partnership and Mabel Morris Family Home Visit Program
  • Penn Center for Community Health
  • Workers, IMPaCT
  • Philadelphia City Rowing
  • Philadelphia FIGHT
  • Philadelphia Futures
  • Philadelphia Juvenile Justice Services Center
  • Philadelphia Senior Center
  • Prevention Point Philadelphia
  • Project HOME
  • Public Citizens for Children and Youth
  • Puentes de Salud, Hacia el Futuro
  • 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
  • Southwest Community Development Corporation
  • St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children
  • St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, Drexel University College of Medicine
  • Temple Health Connection
  • Temple University Upward Bound
  • The Attic Youth Center
  • The Village of Arts and Humanities
  • To Our Children’s Future with Health, Inc.
  • Turning Points - Community Umbrella Agency 9
  • Turning Points - FAWN
  • Unitarian Universalist House Outreach Program
  • Urban Blazers
  • Urban Tree Connection
  • Veterans Multi-Service Center
  • Women Against Abuse
  • Youth Emergency Service
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Dylan Bordonaro
University of Pennsylvania
School of Dental Medicine

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