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Integrated Health with Medically Underserved Populations

The Integrated Health with Medically Underserved Populations (IHMUP) program aims to improve the availability of integrated behavioral health, mental health and physical health care services with children, adolescents, transitional-age youth or adults and their families across the life-span who are living in high need and medically underserved communities.

Recognizing health disparities as a social justice issue relating to access to services, service utilization and health outcomes, IHMUP students will complete field practicums in communities that are medically underserved and experiencing high need for services.

The IHMUP program prepares students to utilize and promote integrated, collaborative care models that attend to the holistic physical, emotional and behavioral health needs of diverse individuals, families and communities using an interpersonal practice framework. This program integrates interprofessional education opportunities to maximize learning with, from, and about other health professionals to develop skills in collaborative team-based care.

IHMUP Program Aims

  • to prepare a diverse workforce of trained social workers to provide integrated health services to children, adolescents, transitional-age youth or adults and their families across the life-span
  • to increase access to quality integrated health services for populations across the lifespan in high need and medically underserved areas
  • to improve health outcomes for children, adolescents, transitional-age youth or adults and their families across the life-span in high need and medically underserved areas
  • to prepare students to address health disparities through core specialized trainings within the context of organizational, institutional, and societal structures including advocacy for policy and system change

Program Funding

  • $5,000 per term (3 terms for 12-month / 4 terms for 16-month students)

Specialized Courses and Training

IHMUP students are required to engage in the following curricular components:

  • Complete Interprofessional Practice in Integrated Health, Mental Health and Substance Abuse Pathway requirements with no substitutions for required courses
  • Complete IPE Team Based Clinical Decision Making Course
  • IHMUP students will be enrolled in specific sections of the Introduction to Social Work course and Social Work Capstone
  • Complete an advanced policy course with opportunity for application of integrated health policy and service delivery (1 credit)
  • Complete Area Health Education Center (AHEC) certificate program and Qualified Mental Health Professions (QMHP) certification
  • Complete field practicum in a medically underserved and high need area. Field practicum will require in-person, onsite field attendance.
  • Encouraged to attend additional specialized opportunities related to integrated health/interprofessional education and cohort building.

Integrated Field Placement Opportunities

IHMUP students will complete a field placement focused on integrated health services delivery and opportunities to engage with interprofessional team members. Field placements may include mental health, behavioral health, physical health and community-based healthcare agencies serving children, adolescents, transitional-age youth or adults and their families across the life span and groups from different racial, ethnic, cultural, geographic, religious, linguistic, and class backgrounds, and different genders and sexual orientations.  The focus will be on serving medically underserve and high need areas and client populations in a variety of communities (e.g. Detroit, Flint, Ypsilanti).

Upon completion of the program, IHMUP students are prepared to seek employment across a wide variety of integrated health settings including mental health, behavioral health, physical health, community-based health agencies, mental health agencies, substance use disorder treatment and recovery programs, hospitals, hospice, long-term care, residential, health departments, and other health programs.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Enroll as a full-time residential MSW student in the 16-month, 12-month (Advanced Standing, UM-Dearborn Human Services & SW, or UM Sociology & SW), or MasterTrack MSW curriculum
  • Select the Interpersonal Practice in Integrated Health, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse curricular pathway and complete all pathway requirements and additional required specialized courses and training as described above
  • Be accepted by an appropriate field placement sites and pass any required background checks and/or drug screenings
  • Availability to participate in formal and informal extracurricular scholar cohort activities and meetings
  • Agree to actively pursue employment opportunities to promote and engage in integrated healthcare delivery and pursuing social work practice in medically underserved and high need areas upon completion of the program

 
*Due to course and field requirements, dual MSW/MPH students are not eligible to participate in this program.

Application

  • All On Campus MSW applicants interested in integrated health with medically underserved populations are invited to apply.
  • Scholars must be enrolled full-time in the on-campus 16-month, 12-month (Advanced Standing, UM-Dearborn Human Services & SW, or UM Sociology & SW), or MicroMasters or MasterTrack MSW and select the Interprofessional Practice in Integrated Health, Mental Health and Substance Abuse Pathway pathway.
  • Application deadlines: December 1, 2021 (early application), February 1, 2022 (priority), March 1, 2022. Selection of applicants will be made from all dates with priority given to those applicants that meet the December and February deadlines.
  • Deferred admits planning to enroll in fall 2022 must submit their special program application by November 1, 2021.
  • Financial need will be considered in the review of special program applications.
  • Your MSW application must be complete by the scholarship deadline.
  • If you would like to apply to IHMUP, please answer "yes" to the question, "Do you plan to apply to an SSW Special Program?" found on the Financial Assistance page of the MSW application and then select the IHMUP checkbox. The IHMUP Program application page will be added to the end of your MSW application.
  • Be sure to include your name and “IHMUP Scholars Statement” in the upper corner of your statement.

For more information about the IHMUP, contact the Office of Student Services and Enrollment Management at (734) 936-0961 or ssw.msw.info@umich.edu.

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