Bridging the Gaps
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2023 Storytelling Project
2023 BTG Storytelling Video

In 2023, Bridging the Gaps (BTG) proudly entered its 33rd program year. BTG has provided health-related service through more than 620 community organizations and has educated more than 6,100 health and social service professionals across Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

As noted by a Community Partner, "What has most impressed about the BTG program are two distinct but related elements: the quality of the students and the thoughtfulness of the program administration. we are bolstered and strengthened by having the kind of community partnerships and resources that programs like Bridging the Gaps brings to our agency. Thank you for all you are doing through this program. It makes a difference."

The BTG program has had an impact not only on the communities served, but also on the students who participate. Many have had experiences that altered their view of health care.

As one BTG CHIP student noted: "When each day came to a close, I found myself contemplating how socioemotional factors and economic factors undoubtedly shape a child's development, but also the critical role a caring adult may play in counteracting this trajectory. I hope that our actions this summer inspired the students to dream a little bigger"

A 1993 BTGCHIP alum Marjorie Dejoie-Brewer, MD, said: "BTG provided an arena where I truly felt connected and in touch with the individuals that I was treating. Having that hands-on experience and witnessing the effects of the work I did definitely shaped my medical career. From that point on I wanted to see my work have a positive impact on the community in a very practical and measurable way."
Your donation will be made to the GENERAL FUND, which supports the overall Bridging the Gaps Program in all locations, unless you request otherwise. If you prefer, you may designate your gift for one of the specific program locations listed below. Just indicate your preference in the MESSAGE FIELD on the donation form.

To donate now, click the blue button in the upper left of this page.

The Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania serve as fiscal sponsor for Bridging the Gaps.
  • Philadelphia Program
  • Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Cooper Medical School of Rowan University
  • University of Pittsburgh

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