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Community Preceptors

Rebeccca Hochman, MSW, Ashley Harker, CTRS

Academic Preceptors

Oliver Bullock, DO, Ronald Allen, MHA, Joanne Behm, MSS


Philadelphia, PA


Elder Health and Senior Quality of Life, Health Communication, Heart and Oral Health, Vision


Geriatrics | Mental and Social Health | Public Health Education and Promotion


Project Goals and Objectives

The following were obtained with client and staff input and suggestions:

  • To increase medical knowledge on various health topics & interests
  • To promote health and wellness in the older adult population
  • To encourage open discussions on important health issues
  • To promote participation in educational and leisure activities

Personal Statements

Matt says, “Working with older adults this summer has allowed me to fine tune my communication skills within the senior population. With the baby boomer population aging, I know these skills will be invaluable as I begin my medical profession. I will look back fondly on the meaningful relationships I have made with many of the community members, and I hope that I’ve been able to provide them with as much personal growth as they’ve been able to provide me this summer.”

Decorntae says, “Initially seven weeks sounded very long; but as the weeks progressed, I found myself not wanting this experience to end. I have enjoyed the countless stories and meaningful interactions with the community members. Working alongside older adults age 55 and older, with different needs, has allowed me to view aging from various perspectives and reinforced the concept of client centered care. In addition, the communication between my partner and me has taught me the importance of a team approach and how essential it is to combine our expertise to provide quality, comprehensive healthcare.”

Educating and Engaging Along Life's Journey