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Community Partner

Church of the Advocate

Community Preceptors

Vashti DuBois

Academic Preceptors

Oliver Bullock, DO, Ronald Allen, MHA, Mary Kate McGinty, RPH, MS


Philadelphia, PA


Chronic Disease, Education Advancement/Literacy, Environmental Health, Health Communication, Nutrition and Weight Status


Mental and Social Health | Public Health | Social and Behavioral Sciences


Project Goals and Objectives:

  • Foster creativity in the fields of photography, social media, and community outreach, culminating in projects completed by high school Youth Works Work Ready interns
  • Promote cardiovascular and oral health
  • Increase awareness of substance abuse, chronic diseases, and hunger
  • Establish the foundations for ACCE to aid in the launch
  • Create a comprehensive review of the Advocate Café to showcase the soup kitchen’s impact on the community and utilize the data for upcoming improvements
  • Collaborate with other non-profits committed to hunger relief to initiate future partnerships

Personal Statements

“I began my journey as a BTG intern with high hopes of inspiring change by bringing medical knowledge to my site, learning more about the surrounding community, and working with an interdisciplinary team. What I never expected was to gain as much perspective and insight into the motivations and reasons behind different human behaviors. Working with a varied population- age, race, sex, housing status-allowed me to examine the struggles of everyday life for many and taught me to approach everyone with the respect and mindfulness their experience deserves. I walk away from this experience with more tools in my tool belt and knowledge in my library, which I will carry with me into my future career and personal life.” – Kelsey McGlade

“Through BTG, I have been exposed to the complexities of various issues faced by inner-city communities in north Philadelphia, such as hunger, poverty, chronic illnesses, and lack of resources. I began this summer with high expectations and the hope of changing lives in the weeks to come; however, from my time at Church of the Advocate, I gained significant insight from the community they serve. I learned that life is about making the best of every situation and to focus on personal development: becoming a better person every day and doing things not only because you enjoy them, but rather because you want to make an impact on others. Overall, I will always remember my experiences from BTG and use that knowledge to be a well-rounded and empathetic pharmacist.” – Maggie Gandhi

The Advocate Cafe: A Hand-Up, Not a Hand-Out