"The members gained information about maintaining their health ... [and] began to see coherence in establishing healthy on-going practices ... Our members and staff shared freely with the BTG students and felt they were contributing to the education of professionals who wanted to be more understanding."
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Bridging the Gaps Program Faculty and Staff


Ellen Martinak, MS
University of Pennsylvania BTG Associate Director

Bridget McCormick, BS
University of Pennsylvania

School of Medicine
Room 914 Blockley Hall, 423 Guardian Drive
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Louis M. Bell Jr., MD, School of Medicine
Hillary Bogner, MD, MSCE, School of Medicine 
Zvi Gellis, PhD, School of Social Policy & Practice
Joan I. Gluch, PhD, RDH, School of Dental Medicine
Ann L. O’Sullivan, PhD, FAAN, CPNP, School of Nursing
Christopher Renjilian, MD, School of Medicine
Anthony Rostain, MD, MA, School of Medicine
Brittany Watson, VMD, PhD, School of Veterinary Medicine
Lucy Wolf Tuton, PhD, Executive Director, Bridging the Gaps

CHIP Eligibility

University of Pennsylvania Students who have completed their first year in the following schools are eligible to participate in the Bridging the Gaps Community Health Internship Program:

  • Graduate Program in Public Health Studies
  • Law School1
  • School of Dental Medicine2
  • School of Medicine3
  • School of Nursing4
  • School of Social Policy and Practice5
  • School of Veterinary Medicine6

1 Law Students:  Students interested in Health Law should contact Arlene Rivera Finkelstein at the Law School’s Toll Public Interest Center to discuss the BTG CHIP program and the possibility of being partnered with a more traditional legal internship for the rest of the summer.

2 Dental Students: Successful completion of the seven-week Community Health Internship Program provides academic credit for the Selective Program.

3 Medical Students: Successful completion of the seven-week Community Health Internship Program is noted on the medical students' transcripts and meets partial requirements for the Community Health Certificate: Bridging the Gaps Scholar; Sayre Scholar; Women’s Health Scholar; and Global Health Scholar (participation may meet partial requirements for additional certificate programs).

4 Nursing Students: Successful completion of the first clinical nursing course is an eligibility requirement.

5 Social Work Students: Successful completion of the seven-week Community Health Internship Program provides extracurricular service learning that includes working on a team, learning about interprofessional health and community-based health promotion.

6 Veterinary Students: Students interested should contact Brittany Watson to discuss the program and will apply through the scholarship committee. Independent credit is available.

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2019 BTG CHIP Community Partners – University of Pennsylvania

  • Aquinas Center
  • Community Learning Center
  • Covenant House Pennsylvania
  • Francis J. Myers Recreation Center
  • Hall Mercer, Community Mental Health Center 
  • HIAS and Council Migration Services of Philadelphia
  • Lutheran Settlement House, Senior Center
  • Manna 
  • Maternity Care Coalition, Cribs for Kids
  • Philadelphia Department of Public Health, Ambulatory Health Services
  • Philadelphia FIGHT 
  • Prevention Point Philadelphia
  • Public Citizens for Children and Youth (PCCY)
  • Puentes de Salud, Puentes Hacia el Futuro
  • Sankofa Community Farm at Bartram’s Garden
  • Southwest Community Development Corporation, Patterson School 
  • Together for West Philly
  • UC Green
  • Vetri Community Partnership 
  • WorkReady

For an alphabetical list of all 2018 BTG CHIP community partners and to view 2018 community project summaries by site, click here.

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