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BTG CHIP 2017-18 Report

Philadelphia Program Activities

Program Established: 1991.

Program Period: June 19 to August 4, 2017.

Students/Projects/Sites: 169 students participated in 67 projects at 69 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 4,329 days of health-related service.

Participating Institutions: Drexel University, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Temple University, Thomas Jefferson University, University of Pennsylvania, and Bryn Mawr College. 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, geriatric activities center/living facility, shelters (homeless or other), and in the hospital clinic.

Student Activities:* Planning health activities, health-related client education, community social activities, community outreach, assessing community resources, research on health issues, oral health activities, advocacy 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, exercise, cardiovascular health, access to health care, oral health, poverty, mental health, communication.

Community Preceptor Orientation: The Community Preceptor Orientation took place on June 2, 2017, 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 21, 2017, and spent each subsequent Wednesday in didactic sessions. Orientation and core curriculum sessions included the following: Program Overview; Mural Arts; Workshop: Class Consciousness; Resource Fair; SHARE Food Program; Rationale and Resources for Two Focus Areas: Cardiovascular and Dental Diseases; Bridging the Gaps Evaluation Overview; Mandated Reporting; Safety; Philadelphia Juvenile Justice Service Center; Professional Practice with Cultural Humility; Executive Director for the Office of LGBT Affairs, City of Philadelphia; Healthy People; Health Literacy; I can't believe what I just heard! Challenging Scenarios for BTG Interns Working with Children; Immigration; Our Kids are Not Broken: Recognizing and Building on the Strengths of Marginalized and Traumatized Youth; 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; Insurance; 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; Engaging Families in Service Delivery Systems; 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; 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 Food Buying Club (APM); College of Physicians Philadelphia/Mutter Museum; Lutheran Settlement House (Domestic Violence); National Kidney Foundation; NewCourtland, Philadelphia Senior Center; PACE; Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA); Philadelphia Nurse-Family Partnership/Mabel Morris Family Home Visit Program; Planned Parenthood of SEPA; Public Citizens for Children and Youth.

Oral Health Activities: A dental mentor and was assisted by two dental mentors (second year dental students who participated in BTG CHIP in 2016), 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  54.5% of community sites participated in oral health activities. Students estimated that they provided health education to 1,523 children (aged 13 and under), 750youth (aged 14 to 20) and 400  adults.  

Cardiovascular Health Activities: One hundred thirty-one (131) out of the 167 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  78.4% of community-based projects throughout the city.

Philadelphia’s Annual Heart Smart Event took place on July 12, 2017, 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, To Our Children’s Future with Health; Philadelphia FIGHT, C a Difference; and Youth Emergency Services had the winning posters.

Annual Symposium: The BTG 27th Annual Symposium took place on September 15, 2017, 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.

2017-18 Philadelphia Program Participants

Drexel University

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

Academic Preceptors
Yasmine Awais, MAAT, ATR-BC, 
Susan Brooks, JD
Angela Colistra, PhD, LPC, CAADC, CCS
Theodore Corbin, MD, MPP, FACEP
Blair Dickinson, MD, MS, FAAP
Stacy Ellen, DO, FAAP
Leslie Everts, MD
Annette Gadegbeku, MD
Elissa Goldberg, MSS, LSW
Jeremiah Goldstein, MD
Flossie Ierardi, MM, MT-BC, LPC
Leon McCrea II, MD, MPH
Katie McPeak, MD
Michele Rattigan, MA, ATR-BC, NCC, LPC
Brent Simmons, MD
Daniel Taylor, DO
David K. Wagner, MD
Sandra Wolf, MD
Vincent Zarro, MD, PhD

Community Preceptors
Michelle Abbruzzese, MSS
Maribel Arzuaga, BA
Roberta Balsam, MA
Kristyn Y. Brier, MS
Ethel Joy Bullard-Moore, MA, MT-BC, LPC
Yvonne Claudio, DM, MS
Carla Coleman, MSW, MBA
Rachel Compton, MSW, LCSW
Ted Corbin, MD, MPP
Kelly Courts
Terry Dougherty, MEd
Jonathan Edwards
Mary J. Fallon, MA, NHA
Katie Feehan, MPH, CHES
Michele Flavien
Jude Henzy, BA, MA
Suku John, PhD
Hans B. Kersten, MD, FAAP
Lora Magaldi, MA
Arlene Malcom-Bell, PhD
Helena Miller, MPA
Shannon Morgan, MSS
Mike O’Bryan
John Rich, MD, MPH
Samantha Swerdloff, MCRP
Maria Tate, BA
Stacey Trooskin, MD, PhD
Renee Turchi, MD, MPH, FAAP
Lori Walsh, BS
Kevin Weber
Steveanna Wynn, BS

Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

Program Staff and Faculty
Denise Curran, MS, Program Director

Academic Preceptors
Denise Curran, MS
Pat Lannutti, DO

Community Preceptors
Lakisha Bullock
Laura Crandall
Rebecca Doty
Catherine Freimiller, BA
Catalina Gonzalez, MA, MS
Cassandra Green
Zhara Greenidge
Stacy Harris
Rebecca Kochman, MSW
Emily Labree, LSW
Seth Laucks, MA, MT-BC
Lilly Lugo
Dagmar Mitchelle
Naomie Nyanungo, PhD
Jacquie Patterson, MPA
Jaclynn Ries, MS
Kelly Sanford, BSW
Sister Betty Scanlon, MBA
Dionna Tillery
Tiffaney Waters, MA Ed
Mark Weber, BS
Candace Wegner
Se’Mona Williams
Steveanna Wynn, BS
Kate Zmich

Temple University

Program Staff and Faculty
Tariem A. Burroughs, MSEd, MSODL, Program Director

Academic Preceptors
Tariem A. Burroughs, MSEd, MSODL
Dianne Butera, MSW

Community Preceptors
Lisa Armstrong
Bahiyyah Clark
Kelly Devlin, MSW
Iliana Dominguez-Franco
Jamiliyah Foster
Lamont Jefferson
Tyra Madison, MA
Mark McAndrew
Nancy Rothman, EdD, RN
Carol Smith, MBA
Charmaine Sudler-Milligan
Kevin Weber
Steveanna Wynn, BS
Beatrice Zovich


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
Rosie Frasso, PhD, MSc, MSc, CPH
Maria Hervada-Page, MSS
Mary Hess, PharmD, FASHP, FCCM
Caryn Johnson, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA
R. Patrick McManus Jr., MD
James D. Plumb, MD, MPH
Ryan Schroeder, MD
Robert Simmons, DrPH, MPH, CHES, CPH
George P. Valko, MD

Community Preceptors
Chip Alfred
Mary Ellen Bolden, BSW
Yvonne Claudio, DM, MS
Barbara Coleman
Amanda DeVilliers, MS
Michele Flavien
Andrew Gudzelak Jr.
Patty Inacker, MSW, MBA
Keevon Johnson, BS
Aly Keefer, BA
Katherine Kinsey, PhD, RN, FAAN
Lourdes Perez Lopez, BSW
Shauntay Murray, BS, CLC
Julie Nelson, BS
Edna Reddick
Gretchen Shanfeld, MPH
Misty Sparks
Lorraine Thomas
Noelle Warford, LSW, MSW
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
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
Brittany Watson, VMD, PhD
Brian Work, MD, MPH

Academic Preceptors
Chethan Bachireddy, MD
Robin Canada, MD
Manik Chhabra, MD
Nadia Dowshen, MD
Danielle Erkoboni-Wilbur, MD
Zvi D. Gellis, PhD
Joan I Gluch, PhD, RDH, PHDHP
Stacey Kallem, MD
Chen C. Kenyon, MD, MSHP
Helen C. Koenig, MD, MPH
Ann L. O’Sullivan, PhD, FAAN, CRNP
Anthony Rostain, MD, MA
Roy Wade Jr., MD, PhD, MPH, MSHP
Brittany Watson, VMD, PhD

Community Preceptors
Chip Alfred
Jacqui Bowman, PhD
Rona Buchalter, PhD
Marjorie Dejoie-Brewer, MD
Timene Farlow, MSW
Chris Geraghty
Linda Hawkins, PhD, LPC
Kiasha Huling, MSW, LSW
Katherine Kinsey, PhD, RN, FAAN
Colleen McCauley, RN, BSN, MPH
Khadijah Muhammad, MSEd, MSW
Maya C. Muhammad, MPH
Shauntay Murray BS, CLC
Steve Niederriter, MBA
Edna Reddick
David Reis
Alexa Ross
Clayton Ruley, MSS, MLSP
Anthony Singleton
Lorraine Thomas
Alia Walker
Steveanna Wynn, BS

2017-18 Philadelphia Community Partners

For a complete alphabetical list of all 2017 BTG CHIP community partners and to view community project summaries by site, click here.

  • Aquinas Center
  • Asociación Puertorriqueños en Marcha (APM)
  • Beckett Life Center
  • Bethesda Project, My Brother’s House
  • C A Difference, Philadelphia FIGHT
  • Cancer Support Center of Greater Philadelphia
  • CARIE (Center for Advocacy for the Rights and Interests of the Elderly)
  • Center for Nonviolence and Social Justice, Healing Hurt People
  • Centro Nueva Creación, Goodlands Camp
  • Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Gender and Sexuality Development Clinic
  • City of Philadelphia, Office of Adult Education
  • College of Physicians of Philadelphia
  • Community Center at Visitation
  • Covenant House Pennsylvania
  • Depaul House/St. Raymond’s
  • Earth’s Keepers, Inc.,
  • Farm at Bartram’s Garden
  • East Park Revitalization Alliance
  • EducationWorks
  • Francis J. Myers Recreation Center
  • Gaudenzia, Inc., People With Hope
  • Hall Mercer, Community Mental Health Center
  • Health Federation
  • HIAS and Council Migration Services of Philadelphia
  • Intercommunity Action, Inc., Journey’s Way
  • Legacy Youth Tennis and Education
  • Lutheran Settlement House, Adult Education
  • Lutheran Settlement House, Senior Center
  • Maternity Care Coalition, Cribs for Kids
  • Mazzoni Center
  • Mercy Neighborhood Ministries
  • Nationalities Service Center, Health Outreach
  • Next Generation Ministries
  • North Light Community Center
  • Northern Children’s Services
  • Nurse-Family Partnership and Mabel Morris Family Home
  • People’s Emergency Center
  • Philadelphia City Rowing
  • Philadelphia Department of Public Health, Patient Assistance Program
  • Philadelphia FIGHT
  • Philadelphia Futures
  • Philadelphia Juvenile Justice Services Center
  • Philadelphia Senior Center, NewCourtland Network
  • Philly Thrive
  • Prevention Point Philadelphia
  • Project HOME, Kairos House
  • Public Citizens for Children and Youth (PCCY)
  • Salvation Army, Red Shield Residence
  • Sayre Health Center, Dr. Bernett L. Johnson Center
  • SHARE Food Program, Inc.
  • Sickle Cell Disease Association of America: Philadelphia/Delaware Valley Chapter (SCDAA/PDVC)
  • Smith Memorial Playground & Playhouse
  • Southwest Community Development Corporation, Patterson School
  • St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, Center for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CCYSHCN)
  • St. Christopher’s Foundation for Children, Farm to Families
  • St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, Hunger Free Health Center
  • St. Ignatius Nursing and Rehab - Music
  • Starfinder Foundation
  • Temple University, Temple Health Connection
  • Temple University, Upward Bound
  • To Our Children’s Future With Health, Bethune
  • Turning Points for Children, Community Umbrella Agency 9
  • Turning Points for Children, Food and Wellness Network (FAWN)
  • Unitarian Universalist House Outreach Program
  • Urban Tree Connection
  • Veterans Multi-Service Center, The Perimeter
  • Village of Arts and Humanities
  • Women Against Abuse, Emergency Shelter, Children’s Program
  • 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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