Community Engagement Activities

Community Engagement Activities – FY 2018

Bridging the Gaps

Purpose: 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.

Browne Leadership Fellows Program

Purpose: The Browne Leadership Fellows Program is an interdisciplinary fellowship aimed at preparing students to be engaged civic leaders working for economic and social justice.  The fellows program in social work reflects our mission: to advocate for social policies and resources to meet basic human needs: to create accessible, responsible, and accountable human services programs; and to deliver quality services to those in need.

Center on Race and Social Problems Speaker Series

Purpose: The CRSP Speaker Series talks provide an opportunity for faculty, students, and community members to engage in race-related discussions of mutual interest.

Center on Race and Social Problems Fellows

Purpose: The CRSP fellows program is paid internship opportunity for University of Pittsburgh MSW students who work in collaboration with the Homewood Children’s Village. The internship offers a structured, hands-on experience of teaching school children aged 5 -11 the skills they need to overcome academic and behavioral challenges.  The program is well established and Fellows work with experienced staff and teachers to develop and enhance training materials, identify potential research projects and make a valuable contribution to struggling local children and their community

Community Engagement Fellowship

Purpose: The Hill House Fellows program is a paid internship effort that is run in conjunction with the School of Social Work, with funding from the Provost Commonwealth Fund Allocation.  This initiative places students in community based organizations serving the Hill District and other minority and distressed communities. 

Hartford Partnership Program for Aging Education

Purpose: The Hartford Partnership Program for Aging Education is a unique education program designed to enhance both direct practice and leadership skills in gerontology.  Students visit various community sites and encourage seniors to share their experiences through various projects such as art.

Pitt Assisted Community Schools (PACS)

A program housed in the School of Social Work which mobilizes University of Pittsburgh resources to enrich the lives of children, youth, and families, while advancing the University’s commitment to transformative teaching, research, and community services.

Living Learning Community

Service learning guides the upper-class service to others living learning community (LLC) experience in partnership with Pitt’s School of Social Work.  The knowledge and skills gained from academic coursework and co-curricular activities enable students to actively engage in positive community change.

Cuba Study Abroad

Purpose: This study abroad course for graduate students in the School of Social Work enables students to carry out first-hand observation of social issues and policy in Cuba, enhance understanding of the ways in which Cuba formulates and implements policies aimed at contemporary social issues, and learn about alternative policies, programs, and services that might be useful in the U.S.

Social Work Undergraduate Research Experience

Purpose: To provide community based research opportunity for BSW students over the summer term.

Leadership in Public Health Social Work Education Grant

This federally funded program was devoted to the development of future leaders in public health social work.  This fellowship opportunity placed students with a community partners for 720 hours of internship training. Each student received a $10,000 stipend for participation in this program. PI: Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Valire Carr Copeland

Behavioral Health Workforce Educational and Training 

This federally-funded program supported 31 second-year MSW students to complete 720 hours in approved integrated healthcare settings.  This training will integrate healthcare and behavioral health care, and serve the needs of youth aged 16-25.  Fellowships were granted after a competitive application process, and successful applicants will receive stipends of $10,000. This program also provided field instructors (community based supervisors) with specialized training focused on the importance of integrated healthcare. PI: Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Valire Carr Copeland

Prescription opioid misuse:  Pharmacist-delivered intervention

This research project was designed to 1) promote opioid medication regimen adherence 2) reduce opioid medication misuse, 3)  connect participants with patient navigation to increase self-management of health conditions, 4) provide naloxone rescue training referrals. PI: Former faculty member Gerald Cochran

Neighborhood risk and protection for substance use among youth

This award will provide training and mentorship in: 1) the role of stress in adolescent TMU, 2) knowledge about and measurement of parental monitoring during adolescence as both a mediator and a potential moderator between neighborhood-related stress and TMU, 3) cross-lagged and multilevel modeling with longitudinal data, and 4) the use of EMA to understand adolescents' exposure to neighborhood stress in real time. PI: Assistant Professor Jaime Booth

Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training

The Edith M. Baker Integrated Healthcare Fellowship is for full-time, second year or Advanced Standing MSW students in Direct Practice with Individuals, Families, and Small Groups (Direct Practice) during their concentration field placements.  The fellow's responsibilities include choosing a concentration field placement at an integrated behavioral/mental healthcare site, registering for Integrated Healthcare Certification courses, developing a poster presentation, participating in a day trip to a regional summit, and attending workshops & bimonthly seminars. PI: Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Valire Carr Copeland

Homewood Children’s VillagePitt Assisted Community Schools, Partnership

Pitt-Assisted Communities & Schools (PACS) is a program of the University Of Pittsburgh School Of Social Work under the faculty leadership of John Wallace and James Huguley. The mission of PACS is to mobilize University of Pittsburgh’s resources to enrich the lives of Homewood children and youth, while simultaneously advancing the university's commitment to transformative teaching, learning, and community impact. The goal is to improve academic, health, mental health, and social and economic outcomes for the children and families who live, learn, work, and play in Homewood. Community Partners: Homewood Children’s Village, and Pittsburgh Public Schools (Faison, Lincoln and Westinghouse)

Fair Housing Assessment

This project examines implicit and explicit biases in how landlords, realtors, and mortgage brokers make decisions with clients or potential clients.  Investigators will examine perceptions of fair housing opportunities through interviews and analysis of information from the Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh and Neighborhood Legal Services Association.  Faculty will partner with 10-12 community based organizations to conduct focus groups to inform this work. PI: Associate Professor Mary Ohmer

Just Discipline Initiative

This project is conducted in partnership with the Woodland Hills School District and aims to address the school to prison pipeline through a multi-prong approach that includes training, and the implementation of restorative practice to build strong and positive relational culture.Community Partner: Woodland Hills School District. PI: Assistant Professor James Huguley

Redefining Resilience and Reframing Resistance

This community based project evaluates an empowerment based program for black girls designed to challenge negative perceptions, prevent violence, and improve their heath via advocacy, restorative practices, and participatory research. Community Partner: Gwen’s Girls. PI: Associate Professor Sara Goodkind.

From Barely Making it….

The School of Social Work partnered with labor union to examine the impact of wage increases for low wage workers within healthcare and security industries. Community Partner: Labor union coalition (SEIU). PIs: Associate Professor Rafael Engel and Associate Professor Jeffrey Shook

Justice Scholars Program

The Justice Scholars Institute at Westinghouse includes an expanded version of our Concurrent Enrollment Plus program. In partnership with the University of Pittsburgh’s College in High School (CHS) program, PACS provides a rigorous college preparation program for students in grades 9-12. The program provides scaffolded supports that acclimate students to the expectations of a college environment, even before they make the transition. The Justice Scholars program provides Westinghouse students tutoring, Pitt courses, community development, and tools to attend and excel in college. Community Partner: Homewood Children’s Village, and Pittsburgh Public Schools (Faison, Lincoln and Westinghouse). PI: David E. Epperson Chair and Professor John Wallace.

The Integrated Health Care Training Corps:  A collaboration between UPMC Health Plan and the University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work 
This program is an interprofessional training program, aimed to create an innovative, shared approach to enhance the skills of current and future health care professionals. Community Partner: UPM. PI: Professor Daniel Rosen