Pitt-Assisted Communities & Schools (PACS)

Pitt-Assisted Communities & Schools (PACS) is a program housed in the School of Social Work at the University of Pittsburgh under the faculty leadership of Drs. John Wallace and James Huguley. PACS mobilizes University of Pittsburgh resources to enrich the lives of children, youth, and families, and advances the university’s commitment to transformative teaching, research, and community service.

The program currently works with Faison Elementary, Lincoln Elementary, and Westinghouse Academy (6-12). The program will primarily focus on academic, health, and mental health support. PACS seeks to serve the students and parents, school personnel, and community at large.  

The PACS team consists of  Esohe Osai, Director of University Services (housed in the Homewood community). She serves as a liaison between the university and community, striving to mobilize university resources to meet the needs of the community.  

The PACS process is three-fold:

1) to document existing University resources that are serving Homewood,

2) to facilitate additional University resources to meet the needs of the community, and

3) to implement new evidence-based initiatives to serve the community.  Our goal is to engage diverse members of the university community in a variety of methods to support our work (i.e. students, faculty & staff from a wide range of academic departments, centers, and institutes in service & research). 



Pitt hosts Homewood-born author

"Being Comfortable Being Uncomfortable" 

Students use spoken word to express themselves

Westinghouse students come to Pitt campus

PACS brings speakers to Westinghouse Academy

PACS program keeps busy this fall!

Colson Whitehead Speaks to Westinghouse CHS Class

Healthy Minds Launches at Westinghouse Academy

PACS partners with Equipoise to distribute school supplies in Homewood

PACS helps to bring volunteers into Homewood

PACS facilitates a back-to-school event in Homewood

Be A School H.E.R.O.!

PACS program is making a difference in Pittsburgh's Homewood neighborhood

SSW joins the College in High School Program

Workshop on trauma aims to help educators

Contact Us

Email: pittpacs@pitt.edu
Phone: 412-624-1346

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The PACS program is supported by the Richard K. Mellon Foundation