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"The highlight of the day was the interaction with the interns talking about their programs and learning about resources ... The connections with other organizations are too many to name ... I am so impressed with what BTG is doing for the students and for this community."
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About the Annual Symposium

The BTG Annual Symposium is held each fall in Philadelphia. Students present their projects as poster displays and facilitate workshops based on the public health issues they encountered during their BTG Community Health Internship. The Symposium is open to the broader community, providing a forum for dialogue and networking opportunities among public health officials, community organizations and agency personnel, grantmakers, academic faculty and staff, students, and others interested in improving the quality of life in our communities.

Each year, BTG honors an individual whose work embodies the values and ideals of the program. The honoree acts as the symposium’s keynote speaker and his or her book serves as a central text for the Community Health Internship Program.

BTG 26th Annual Symposium

David SheffAndré Robert Lee is a producer and director whose filmography includes the documentaries “I’m Not Racist … Am I?”(2014) and “The Prep School Negro”(2012). He has worked with the New York City Public Schools, The Ford Foundation, NBC, PBS, Maysles, Miramax Films, Urbanworld, Film Movement, BET, Universal, HBO, Picturehouse, and Dreamworks. On speaking tours with his films, Lee has visited over 750 high schools, colleges, universities, churches, law firms and conferences, nationally and internationally. He received a fellowship in 2013 to direct and produce the 12-month series “Life Cycles of Inequity: A Colorlines Series on Black Men.” He also has received initial funding to develop a narrative feature film about the life of civil rights activist Bayard Rustin.


To see highlights of last year's symposium, click here.

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