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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 29th Annual Symposium

Dr. Mona Hanna-AttishaDr. Mona Hanna-Attisha is the crusading pediatrician who first researched and revealed the presence of toxic lead levels in the blood of children in Flint, Michigan. She courageously called a press conference to announce her team’s findings before peer review, prioritizing her community’s health over the risk to her career. She has testified twice before Congress and received the Freedom of Expression Courage Award by PEN America. Named one of TIME magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in the World,” Dr. Hanna-Attisha created the Pediatric Public Health Initiative to mitigate the impact of the Flint water crisis. Her book, What the Eyes Don’t See, provides a riveting firsthand account of the environmental atrocity of our time and her unrelenting activism to combat it.


To see highlights of the 2019 symposium, click here.


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