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Philadelphia Consortium Projects - 2018

Adolescents & Young Adults

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Planting Positive Seeds at EducationWorks

Student Interns:
Maria Hays, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Clinical Psychology Program
Jasmine Nguyen, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Doctor of Osteopathic MedicineProgram

Academic Preceptor:
Pat Lannutti, DO, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

Community Preceptors:
Jacquie Patterson, MPA, EducationWorks
Tiffaney Waters, MEd, EducationWorks

The Community Site:
EducationWorks enriches the lives of children and families by providing educational programs and services in communities confronting high rates of poverty and other barriers to educational achievement. EducationWorks provides a specialized summer program for adolescents, preparing them for and exposing them to possible career options. View Community Partner Web Site

BTG Focus Areas (adapted from Healthy People 2010 and 2020):
Educational Advancement/Literacy; Heart Disease and Stroke; Mental Health; Oral Health; Physical Activity and Fitness; Tobacco Use.

The Project:
The Bridging the Gaps student interns worked with children and adolescents from the EducationWorks program at Anna B. Pratt Middle School. The summer curriculum was based on the STEAM education model to help guide students to create dialogue, inquiry and critical thinking through the integration of science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics. The student interns created activities that focused on using teamwork and collaboration, creativity, accountability and empowerment to help direct students to make healthier lifestyle choices. Additionally, a major goal was to build self-esteem and confidence to help equip students to face challenging events as they mature into the next stages of their lives.

Intern Statements:
Maria Hays: “EducationWorks has truly opened my eyes to the hardships and struggles that some young children and adolescents living in Philadelphia face. My goal this summer was to help educate students, but I believe that I was the one who became more educated — specifically, with regard to diversity and multiculturalism. This is an experience I will never forget, and I am very grateful for the individuals at EducationWorks for helping to shape the future clinician that I aspire to be.”

Jasmine Nguyen: “Spending the summer working with children from various backgrounds in Philadelphia has changed my views of the world and medicine. Not only was I inspired by the persistence and drive of the children, but also by those working behind the scenes to provide these children with opportunities and the tools to succeed in a changing world. I hope to use my experiences in order to provide better care to my patients as a future physician.”

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"Our Work Is Our Signature": Foodways and Farming in the Southwest Community

Student Interns:
Simon Golovcsenko, University of Pennsylvania, School of Social Policy & Practice
Nate Lamson, University of Pennsylvania, School of Dental Medicine

Academic Preceptors:
Zvi D. Gellis, PhD, University of Pennsylvania, School of Social Policy & Practice
Joan I. Gluch, PhD, RDH, PHDHP, University of Pennsylvania, School of Dental Medicine

Community Preceptor:
Ty Holmberg, Farm at Bartram’s Garden

The Community Site:
Sankofa Community Farm is a 4-acre farm located on the grounds of Bartram’s Garden in Southwest Philadelphia. The farm at Bartram’s Garden increases access to fresh, organic, nutritious food for the local community and aims to build a more just and community-powered food system, helping people to develop self-reliance through food sovereignty and deepening their relationship with the land, their food and each other. The farm achieves this through use of farm stands with culturally significant celebrity chefs, renting out more than 50 on-site community garden beds for local residents to plant their own crops, and a transformative summer youth internship. Both the fresh produce and the individual community beds are priced affordably and advertised extensively. Powered by a group of roughly 20 local high school interns, the farm produces more than 15,000 pounds of food per year from its orchard and more traditional farming plot, including a number of traditionally African vegetables. Through the PHS City Harvest Program, the farm also distributes around 80,000 vegetable transplants to more than 130 farms and gardens around Philadelphia. View Community Partner Web Site

BTG Focus Areas (adapted from Healthy People 2010 and 2020):
Environmental Health; Health Communication; Nutrition and Weight Status; Physical Activity and Fitness; Preparedness.

The Project:
As staff members of the summer youth program at the Farm at Bartram’s Garden, the Bridging the Gaps student interns led groups of students through four different weekly stations centered on the major duties related to running the farm. The skills they taught included traditional farm work; the market/customer service duties of running the farm stand; cooking using ingredients obtained at the farm; and a hodgepodge of carpentry, general facilities upkeep and other related special projects. Interns stressed the importance of professionalism, work ethic and relationship-building throughout this labor. In addition to these physically demanding chores, interns presented weekly lessons on topics ranging from oral health and the importance of quality sleeping habits to knife/cutting skills and the understanding of foodways.

Intern Statements:
Simon Golovcsenko: “Since I’m still in the proverbial forest, it’s difficult to see all the trees—the latter being the various ways in which this experience has changed me. What I do firmly know is that somewhere down the line, I forgot about the earth — what it means to me, my family, and what it might have meant to my ancestors — and Sankofa has jogged my memory. That change has felt pretty powerful in and of itself.”

Nate Lamson: “My time at the farm has reminded me how seminal human connection is to our experiences on this planet. In an age of technological advancements and our nation’s craving for capitalistically driven efficiency, a summer of humid, honest and demanding farm labor has reminded me how showing compassion and developing strong relationships should always come first in life. As humans, we should strive for so much more than personal friendships; our goal should be forging neighborhoods full of integrity and care, deep appreciation for our ancestors and traditions of the past, and an everlasting urge to share and listen to perspectives of others, look out for those less fortunate, and put the needs of one’s community ahead of one’s individual pursuits. The incredible people, space and programming at Sankofa Community Farm have given me the opportunity to truly experience and get to know the vibrant, resilient and kind people of Southwest Philadelphia and allowed me to refresh my priorities as a person and as a budding professional.”

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College Exploration: Cultivating the Next Generation

Student Interns:
Emmanuel Anyetei-Anum, Drexel University College of Medicine
Tamim Hossain, Drexel University College of Medicine
Pablo Ordonez, Drexel University College of Medicine
Haley Schupp, Drexel University, Dornsife School of Public Health

Academic Preceptor:
Blair Dickinson, MD, MS, FAAP, Drexel University College of Medicine, St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children

Community Preceptors:
Jerilynn Aquino, Academics Coordinator, Philadelphia Futures
Jonathan Edwards, Director of Academics, Philadelphia Futures

The Community Site:
Philadelphia Futures provides academic and social resources for high-potential, economically disadvantaged college-bound students in the Philadelphia School District. It provides low-income students who will be the first generation in their families to attend college with rigorous academic programs and resources to support them through high school and college. View Community Partner Web Site

BTG Focus Areas (adapted from Healthy People 2010 and 2020):
Educational Advancement/Literacy; Environmental Health; Mental Health; Preparedness; Tobacco Use.

The Project:
The Bridging the Gaps student interns enhanced the high school education of Philadelphia Futures scholars by providing administrative and logistical support for courses such as The Holocaust and Human Behavior, Career Research and Exploration, and Environmental Sciences. Interns also assisted students and staff with major projects such as the summer college marathon, helping students apply to and prepare for college. In addition, the interns assisted with administrative tasks, as needed.

Intern Statements:
Emmanuel Anyetei-Anum: “My goal in joining Philadelphia Futures for the summer was to gain insight to some of the challenges Philadelphia teens faced. I never would have guessed how much more I would gain from spending time with these teens. As students, they present a unique combination of dedication, engagement and perseverance, despite overwhelming personal odds. It is difficult to overstate the broadened perspective I gained from the Futures students. The extended scope of experiences, both positive and negative, embodied by these students create such a rich environment for growth amongst each other and with everyone with whom they interact. In this regard, I feel nothing but honored at being welcomed into their midst. Though it may be too early to tell exactly how, it is already evident to me that the course of my future as a physician has been forever changed for the better from my summer at Futures.”

Tamim Hossain: “The BTG internship at Philadelphia Futures allowed me to have a huge insight into the sort of programming that students in Philadelphia can benefit from even if they are from historically disadvantaged communities. It also provided us the opportunity to identify healthcare issues within a context where health is not a major focus. I believe this will allow me to better devise treatment plans for student patients in the future.”

Pablo Ordonez: “Bridging the Gaps provided me the opportunity to understand the city that I have adopted as my new home. As my first year ended, I realized that I did not know about essential aspects of Philadelphia, but this summer I had the privilege of seeing the aspects of the education system, mental health resources and even the legal system of Philadelphia. I was astounded by the level of dedication of my students, and it demonstrated the importance of having a dedicated support system during adolescence for their sense of self-esteem. However small of an effect I had on them this summer, just being part of their support system gave me a sense of pride that I will keep forever.”

Haley Schupp: “Philadelphia Futures proved to be a challenging but fruitful internship experience that pushed me outside of my comfort zone in many ways that I did not expect. Working with the adolescent population created a fruitful and fulfilling experience in which I gained valuable skills. I hope the students built them as well. The adolescent population of Philadelphia gives me hope for my own future and for the future of the nation with their hardworking demeanor and perseverance. I have learned to create a mentorship experience with my students, and I want to further foster this type of relationship in my future work.”

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Juvenile Justice-Involved Youth: A Look at Collateral Consequences

Student Intern:
Carolina Panisello-Manterola, University of Pennsylvania, School of Veterinary Medicine

Academic Preceptor:
Brittany Watson, MS, VMD, PhD, DACVPM, University of Pennsylvania, School of Veterinary Medicine

Community Preceptor:
Timene Farlow, MSW, Deputy Commissioner, Philadelphia Juvenile Justice Services Center

The Community Site:
The Juvenile Justice Services Center is the only secure youth detention facility in Philadelphia. At the center, juveniles aged 13 to 20 who are deemed by the court to be a serious risk to the safety of the community or at risk of failure to appear at their scheduled court hearings await their hearings in juvenile court. The center also houses juveniles who have been adjudicated guilty while they await placement at a residential treatment facility. All residents follow a strict schedule of activities, including regular school sessions conducted on-site by the Philadelphia School District, individual and group counseling, and supervised indoor and outdoor recreation. Residents also have access to 24-hour nursing care, an in-house pediatrician and mental health services to assist with their care during their stay. View Community Partner Web Site

BTG Focus Areas (adapted from Healthy People 2010 and 2020):
Educational Advancement/Literacy; Heart Disease and Stroke; Injury and Violence Prevention; Mental Health; Tobacco Use.

The Project:
The Philadelphia Juvenile Justice Services Center (PJJSC) Bridging the Gaps student intern attended meetings, court proceedings, trainings and tours of the facilities throughout the summer. The intern interviewed and met with staff from social work, probation, the public defender’s office, the district attorney’s office, medical and mental health clinics, school district and other stakeholders of the juvenile justice system. The intern worked with residents and with the art and music teacher to create a collection of posters and a music playlist around smoking cessation and heart health of people, pets and communities for the annual Heart Smart reception. The intern also explored getting local therapy dog groups to visit the residents at PJJSC; more time is needed for approval and planning.

Intern Statement:
Carolina Panisello-Manterola: “I am incredibly grateful to the staff and students at the PJJSC and the Bridging the Gaps program. Veterinary medicine at first glance may not seem intrinsically related to the juvenile justice system, but it is when considering the importance of building meaningful human-centered relationships and understanding the communities you are serving. Learning about juvenile justice, the issues these children face and issues covered by BTG have had a huge impact on me professionally. It has been a priceless experience that will follow me and shape my future advocacy work.”

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Preparing the Youth for Success with Upward Bound

Student Interns:
Natalie Abellanosa, Temple University, School of Nursing
Amber Bell, Temple University, Lewis Katz School of Medicine
Yaqeen Jabir, Temple University, Occupational TherapyProgram

Academic Preceptor:
Nora Jones, PhD, Temple University

Community Preceptor:
LaToya Winkfield, Temple University Upward Bound Program

The Community Site:
The Temple University Upward Bound Program prepares Philadelphia public and charter high school students for admission to institutions of higher learning and success in the collegiate environment through intense academic enrichment, a summer college immersion experience, enhanced cognitive and critical thinking, and extensive interpersonal development through positive social interactions. The programs enable students to set attainable goals and build self-awareness; respect for diversity; and healthy relationships with peers, staff and professionals from industry and the community. View Community Partner Web Site

BTG Focus Areas (adapted from Healthy People 2010 and 2020):
Chronic Disease (Diabetes, Kidney Disease, Respiratory Diseases, etc.); Educational Advancement/Literacy; Heart Disease and Stroke; HIV; Oral Health.

The Project:
The Bridging the Gaps student interns worked at the Temple University Upward Bound Program. Many of the students at Upward Bound have interests in healthcare. During the start of the summer program, students were informed that they would be working in groups to complete a poster pertaining to a medical career of their choice to formally present during a symposium-like closing ceremony for the program. Over the next few weeks, students researched and compiled all the information they would present during the symposium. The main goal of this project was to provide students with the opportunity to truly solidify what field they would like to study and expose them to the type of work they will be expected to complete during their journey through higher academia. Students created exceptional posters and have a better sense of where their journey through higher education lies.

Intern Statements:
Natalie Abellanosa: “Bridging the Gaps has challenged me to understand myself in my capabilities as a leader and how that impacts my role as a future healthcare professional. Through the mentorships I’ve gained, from the interns I’ve met from other schools to the wisdom I’ve gained from the leadership at Upward Bound, I have been able to understand more of what it takes to be an effective leader.”

Amber Bell: “Bridging the Gaps has provided me with the amazing opportunity to teach the students of my community. During the past few weeks, I have helped expose the students to different health-related careers and topics that they are not typically exposed to during their regular school year. I also enjoyed the interdisciplinary aspect of our teams, because this is the reality of healthcare. This opportunity helped me learn from my colleagues and helped solidify the collaborative aspects that are important for healthcare.”

Yaqeen Jabir: “Bridging the Gaps is by far the most rewarding internship I have ever had the opportunity to be a part of. It has provided me with the insight and experience that is best learned through actual immersion as opposed to a traditional classroom setting. During the weeks spent at Upward Bound, we taught students different health-related topics. This really helped me get into the practice of explaining new concepts to others, something I will be expected to do as a future occupational therapy practitioner. In addition, the nature of Bridging the Gaps and how it allows interns to work on interdisciplinary teams is extremely vital since we will all be working side by side in a few years’ time, and having us get into the habit of working with each other early on will ensure the best quality of care for our patients.”

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Teaching Teen Advocacy in North Philadelphia

Student Interns:
Lianna Llewellyn, University of Pennsylvania, Perelman School of Medicine
Kaitlin Worden, University of Pennsylvania, School of Social Policy & Practice

Academic Preceptors:
Zvi Gellis, PhD, University of Pennsylvania, School of Social Policy & Practice
Marisa Rogers, MD, MPH, FACP, University of Pennsylvania, Penn Medicine

Community Preceptor:
Anthony Singleton, Educators for Education

The Community Site:
WorkReady Philadelphia is a collection of programs managed by the Philadelphia Youth Network. Through its summer and year-round programs, WorkReady aims to address the skills gap for vulnerable young people aged 12 to 21 by connecting youth to employment and career-oriented educational opportunities. These programs aim to challenge participants to understand the correlations among education, work experience, and college and career success as well as acquire skills through work-based learning. View Community Partner Web Site

BTG Focus Areas (adapted from Healthy People 2010 and 2020):
Educational Advancement/Literacy; Heart Disease and Stroke; Injury and Violence Prevention; Oral Health; Tobacco Use.

The Project:
The Bridging the Gaps student interns worked with WorkReady and YESPhilly, an alternative high school in North Philadelphia, to design and implement a six-week service learning project and curriculum for 50 participants aged 14 to 21. With the help of the Bridging the Gaps interns, the participants created and executed a needs assessment survey of the surrounding neighborhood. Through the process of generating this needs assessment survey, participants learned soft skills around employment, including public speaking, interviewing and problem-solving, as well as how to promote advocacy in their communities. Leaders from various community organizations came in to talk to the students about important issues such as gun violence, population health and the Department of Human Services. The Bridging the Gaps interns also designed and presented workshops around cardiovascular health, oral health and tobacco use.

Intern Statements:
Lianna Llewellyn: “It has been an amazing experience working with WorkReady this summer. This was my first experience working with adolescents, and I was extremely impressed by how mature, thoughtful and goal-oriented they were. I learned so much from them and from the staff at YESPhilly and WorkReady about the unique needs and challenges of communities in North Philadelphia as well as the many strengths. Through this experience, I have also learned how to adapt plans to dynamic situations.”

Kaitlin Worden: “This Bridging the Gaps experience at WorkReady has pushed me out of my comfort zone in various ways, especially through public speaking and carrying out group work with adolescents. WorkReady tested my flexibility in working with a group of students and employees that resisted the plan set forth by the community preceptor. I had to learn how to present information in a palatable way to the students by testing different strategies of delivery and evaluating the outcomes. In SP2, we focus so much on relieving disparities, and this experience really helped me to see the strengths and resiliency of a community despite those disparities.”

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