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Applicants must complete the Pittsburgh application and submit at 6123 Public Health, or via email. Applications for summer 2020 are available now. Pittsburgh medical student applications are eligible for early acceptance.
Contact Thistle Elias (via email or in office at 6123 Public Health) or Brandi Boak at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Community site applications for 2020 are available now.
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Bridging the Gaps gives students the opportunity to work directly with underserved populations of all kinds to better understand their health needs. The internship also provides invaluable community outreach to organizations that are on the front lines of health care. Interns are paired with other health science students to provide the maximum benefits of interdisciplinary learning.
We offer interns the opportunity to work with any one of a range of different underserved populations in Pittsburgh, including people in recovery, children, homeless women, and many other at-risk populations. Past projects have included:Developing and delivering health education curricula...
Interns must complete a project that they chose in coordination with their community mentor that leaves the host organization with a tangible product. Interns' faculty mentors are available to provide feedback on project design and resources. The project may tie into work already going on in a program or be entirely different in focus. Three pairs of interns are peer-jury selected to present posters at a formal symposium in August, with community and faculty mentors and health professionals in attendance. Read more about recent projects by opening our most recent symposium program!
Once a week, interns attend a variety of reflective sessions here on campus instead of visiting their sites. These include speakers from community-based organizations and discussions about issues that come up throughout the internship, lending an additional multidisciplinary approach. Interns also discuss weekly required readings during reflexive sessions, or may be assigned to respond to them in a journal. Interns are required to maintain a journal to record their activities and reflections and responses to discussion and required readings. Students receive weekly feedback on their journals. We also use this time to assist interns with their projects as needed.
We are proud of this growing tradition of serving our students and surrounding communities and welcome your participation!
"...you have no idea the challenges that these mothers are facing and how it affects them until you see it with your own eyes, hear it with your own ears, firsthand. Bridging the Gaps has taught me to always remember that statistics and stories are attached to real people, with real emotions. We cannot make a difference in their lives unless we meet them where they are."
-- C. Clark, Human Genetics
Bridging the Gaps Pittsburgh celebrates 20 years of promoting health in underserved communities (video)