Bridging the Gaps: Health Internship Serving Economically Disadvantaged and Underserved Populations

  • United States of America

Tuton leads (BTG), Bridging the Gaps which links the training of health and social service professionals with the provision of health-related services for underserved and economically disadvantaged populations. BTG Community Health Internship Program (CHIP) is a paid community-based summer internship program that helps students gain a broader understanding of the factors that affect health in underserved and economically disadvantaged communities. The internship offers students in the health and social services fields an opportunity for interdisciplinary collaboration. Students are matched with approximately 100 nonprofit community partners in Philadelphia, Erie, Pittsburgh, and the Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania, and in New Jersey. Student teams collaborate with community site personnel, community members and faculty to design projects based on community-defined needs and on the students’ professional disciplines and interests.