Bridging the gaps between physical health, mental health, and health behavior
Online applications for academic year 2021-2022 will be accepted beginning November 1, 2020
98% of our fellows have retained employment within 3 months of graduation.
Healthcare social work is the fastest growing field in our profession, with employment growth at an expected rate of 27 percent between 2012 and 2022 (Bureau of Labor Statistics).
Be prepared for the changes to the healthcare landscape by learning how to work in an integrated system.
Field Placement Options
Complete your MSW concentration field placement in integrated behavioral/mental healthcare and be part of an interdisciplinary team of healthcare providers serving individuals and groups across the lifespan in medically needy health service areas, rural and urban.
Field sites include Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC), hospitals, clinics, Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) and substance use centers, and primary care facilities.
View our many vetted field placement opportunities: 2020-21 Baker Fellowship Field Site Directory.
If you have any questions or to learn more about the Edith Baker Integrated Healthcare Fellowship from a fellow's perspective, please email BHWET@pitt.edu.
Training Stipend: $10,000
In addition to coursework, fellows receive relevant training that includes:
- a field placement focused on integrated behavioral/mental healthcare
- interactive instruction through regular bimonthly seminars provided by community practitioners, field placement supervisors, and faculty.
- participation in interprofessional university-wide training events
- IHC certification courses
- regional summit
- poster presentation
- funding for conference cost reimbursement
- reimbursed for mileage, if traveling from the university 20 miles round-trip or farther
- interprofessional workshops, courses, and events
Edith Baker Fellows are trained to become Behavioral Health Specialists, Mental Health Practitioners, Behavioral Disorder Counselors, Rehabilitation Counselors, Chronic Disease Case Managers, Implementation Specialists, Integrated Behavioral Health Consultants, and Licensed Clinical Social Workers with a concentration in integrated behavioral health, amongst others.
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.
Applicants should have a GPA of 3.5 (preferred) and must be U.S. citizens. Students may not be employees of the University of Pittsburgh while in the fellowship.
Current 2020-21 Fellows please visit the Active Baker Fellows page
- your resume.
- your transcript (unofficial transcript is acceptable). Only a graduate transcript is needed from current MSW Pitt students.
- a two-page essay describing your understanding of integrated healthcare, why you are interested in the discipline, and your commitment to a career in this field upon graduation. Please use APA format with headings/ subheadings.
- a signed Declaration of Intent for the Integrated Healthcare Certification. The Integrated Healthcare Certification will appear on your transcript.
- a listing of your sources of financial support from the School of Social Work and the University of Pittsburgh.
- two letters of recommendation preferably from a field instructor or supervisor with healthcare expertise and an instructor/ professor.
- a completed Field Placement form. Please complete only one online form for the Field Office. 2020-21 Edith Baker Fellowship Placement Site Directory
Please click on the application link below for more details
If there are unfilled positions, rolling applications will be accepted and reviewed: April - May
If applications are successfully submitted, applicants will receive confirmations from the application site and an email from the program manager. If confirmations are not received, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Please make sure that the applicant's full name appears on all uploaded materials.
Students accepted into the Baker Fellowship must complete all Direct Practice requirements, as well as the sequence of courses required of the Integrated Healthcare Certificate Program. Students considering applying to the MSW/MPH joint degree should speak to the GSPH Registrar's Office to determine possible course sequencing, prior to applying to the Baker Fellowship.
Why is integrated healthcare relevant?
AHRQ (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services defines integrated healthcare as the care a patient receives as a result of a team of primary care and behavioral health clinicians, working together with patients and families, and using a systemic and cost-effective approach to provide patient-centered care for a defined population.
This care can address mental health and substance abuse conditions, health behavior (including their contribution to chronic medical illnesses), health education, life stressors and crises, stress-related physical symptoms, and inadequate access to health care utilization.
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Who was Edith M. Baker?
Edith M. Baker was the first medical consultant for the U.S. Children’s Bureau. She was a leader in medical social work as well as in the American Association of Medical Social Workers, for which she served as president from 1929 to 1931, and as the first chairman of the American Association of Medical Social Workers Committee on medical care which was assigned to work with federal agencies to address social problems in health programs. As chairman, she visited the directors of the new health and welfare programs that were a part of the Social Security Acts of the mid-1930s. Her aim was to promote the inclusion of social work staff at high levels.
As a result of Baker’s visits to the U.S. Children’s Bureau, the Chief, Dr. Martha Elliot, challenged Ms. Baker to take leave from her position in St. Louis and come to the Children’s Bureau for six months to put recommendations into effect. Edith Baker accepted this challenge and did not leave the U.S. Children’s Bureau until mandatory retirement at age 70, which occurred in the early 1960’s.
Edith Baker was born in Baltimore, Maryland. She earned a certificate from Simmons College School of Social Work in Boston and did her field work placement at Massachusetts General Hospital where she later was employed as a social worker. She then became the director of the Social Services Department at Washington University Medical School in St. Louis, where she stayed until joining the U.S. Children’s Bureau.
Following her position with the U.S. Children’s Bureau, she became Chief Social Worker in the maternal and child health services at the District of Columbia Health Department. She lived in the District of Columbia until her death. Baker’s personal papers and other materials about her life are available at the Schlesinger Library on Women in American, Radcliffe College in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
NASW Foundation. (1995). Edith M. Baker (1885-1978) – Leader in medical social work. Social Welfare History Project. Retrieved [1/10/18] from http://socialwelfare.library.vcu.edu/people/baker-edith-m/
This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number, M01HP31376, Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training (BHWET) Program. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.
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