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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 28th Annual Symposium

Eddy ZhengDr. Howard Stevenson is the Constance Clayton Professor of Urban Education and Professor of Africana Studies in the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a nationally recognized clinical psychologist and researcher on the use of racial literacy to negotiate racial conflicts in K-12 education, community mental health centers, parenting and police work. He directs the Racial Empowerment Collaborative (at Penn) and Forward Promise, a national philanthropic initiative. He currently leads two mental health research projects funded by the National Institutes of Health. His recent best seller, “Promoting Racial Literacy in Schools: Differences That Make a Difference” (2014) aims to reduce racial threat reactions in face-to-face encounters.


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