In 2021, Bridging the Gaps (BTG) will proudly enter its 31st program year. BTG has provided health-related service through more than 606 community organizations and has educated more than 5,900 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."