Program Established: 1997.
Program Period: June 5 to July 28, 2017.
Students/Projects/Sites: 18 students worked on 9 projects at 9 community sites in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Professional Disciplines: Medicine, nursing, pharmacy, public health, and social work.
Service Days: Students provided 500 days of health-related service.
Types of Sites Served: Day camps, in the field/community, community organization offices, client homes, shelter (homeless or other), treatment centers (day or other), schools, and community health centers.
Student Activities: *Planning health activities, assessing community resources, community social activities, client interviews, development or administration of surveys, health-related client education, oral health activities, evaluation of existing programs, research on health issues, community outreach, linking clients with health resources, advocacy activities, literacy activities.
Population Demographics: Mixture of females and males; all ages; mixture of races and ethnicities, but predominantly African American; primarily English-speaking.
Community Health Issues:* Diet and nutrition, poverty, oral health, access to health care, child care, cultural beliefs and practices, exercise, mental health, race/ethnicity, budgeting and personal finances, communication, homelessness, violence, insurance/social services, obesity, personal hygiene, transportation, environmental health.
Mentor Workshop: Prior to the start of the program, Pittsburgh held a Successful Mentoring Workshop for all new community and faculty mentors that was well attended with representatives from most community sites and all new community sites.
Didactic Sessions: The Pittsburgh curriculum included guest speakers who represented community-based program providers, researchers and individuals from underserved backgrounds. The students came together for 5.5 hours a week to participate in a curriculum that included readings and journaling and presentations on the following topics: Inequalities Within Women’s Health; The Problem Isn’t Homelessness, It’s Lack of Housing!; Experiential Poverty Exercise; EHS Parent Perspectives on Meeting the Needs of Children; Oral Health for the Underserved; Walking Tour of Braddock; Community Violence and Homicide Review Board; Community Advocacy—Affordable Care Act and Medicaid; Needle Exchange and Opiates in Allegheny County; and Remote Area Medical Film.
Oral Health Activities: On June 28, 2017, Dr. Brian Martin, Chief of Pediatric Dental Services, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, gave a presentation on Oral Health for the Underserved. The presentation focused on both preventive care and advocacy efforts. A week earlier, all interns were required to complete an online oral health tutorial developed by School of Dentistry faculty to expose the interns to the most common oral health terms and concerns. The School of Dentistry student working with BTG provided all of the interns with oral health education resource lists and updated materials tailored to their populations. The program provided free oral health supplies (toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss, and denture care products as appropriate) to all program participants at 10 community sites in addition to supplies for several sites to carry into the fall.
Community Event: Pittsburgh hosted an Annual Mentor-Student Social on the evening of July 12, 2017. The gathering was hosted at the School of Social Work.. Students provided a homemade-dessert potluck as thanks to their mentors. This event was very well attended by community mentors, faculty preceptors, students and community members, and gave everyone a chance to network and socialize.
Symposium: Pittsburgh’s Annual BTG Day of Presentations was held on the last day of the program, July 28, 2017. The key note speaker was Diana Bucco, Executive Director of the Buhl Foundation, speaking on Systems Change. A resource table was provided for community members and students to retrieve information on local housing advocacy, hunger response programs, disability advocacy, Medicaid advocacy and needle exchange. All student teams presented posters on their projects and had sign-up sheets provided for all attendees to have final products shared via email after the event. This event was well attended by a variety of community and faculty mentors, students, community members, and advisory board members.
*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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