Integrated Health Scholars Program
To expand the number of social work professionals prepared to serve populations across the lifespan in integrated healthcare settings in rural and other underserved areas in Kansas.
INTEGRATED HEALTH SCHOLARS
We provide a value-added educational experience for exceptional clinical MSW students at KU to develop knowledge and skills in integrated mental health, substance use, and primary health care service delivery. Each year, we support 28 Scholars who:
- Receive a $10K scholarship during their advanced year ($5K in Aug and $5K in Jan)
- Complete a clinical field practicum offering interprofessional learning opportunities
- Participate in monthly training outside of standard MSW coursework focused on providing interprofessional team-based care in integrated primary and behavioral health
- Sign a letter of commitment to seek work in integrated behavioral health and participate in follow-up after graduation
We encourage you to explore this website to learn more about integrated health and the Scholars experience.
"Admittedly, when I applied for the Scholar's Program, my primary motivation was the scholarship money. I would have never dreamed that the value of the trainings incorporated into the program would surpass the value of the scholarship money- but they have! Especially living in a rural area, having access to top-quality trainings with experts in the field have been experiences that are second to none. The trainings have covered practical information that is directly applicable to social work practice. As a future social worker of Western Kansas, the opportunity to become better prepared and more highly educated has been a privilege. I am so grateful that the Scholar's Program has allowed all this to be at my fingertips here in Western Kansas!"
The IHSP is funded by a Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training award from the Health Resources and Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.