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About the Integrated Health Scholars Program

Our goal is to expand the number of social work professionals prepared to serve populations across the lifespan in integrated healthcare settings in rural and urban medically underserved areas in Kansas.

Integrated Health Scholars are exceptional clinical MSW students who receive a value-added educational experience to develop knowledge and skills in integrated mental health, substance use, and primary health care service delivery. Each year, 28 clinical students will receive training and support with priority given to our Western Kansas MSW program that is located in and serves rural students and communities.

Funding is provided by a 4-year $1.8 million Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training (BHWET) award from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).

Key partners include:

  • KU Medical Center for Interprofessional Education
  • Kansas Association for the Medically Underserved
  • KU Medical Center Rural Health Education and Services
  • KU Medical Center Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

The IHSP developed out of a prior HRSA award (2014-2018) that supported our Behavioral Health Scholars Program.

Behavioral Health Scholars Program (2014-2018)

After the horrific shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, President Obama proposed a White House Initiative, “Now is the Time” that called for efforts to decrease gun violence, increase school safety and make mental health more accessible to young people in our country. As part of this national effort, the KU School of Social Welfare (KUSSW) was awarded a $1.2 million BHWET grant from HRSA. The Behavioral Health Scholars Program (BHSP) provided specialized training in working in integrated behavioral health with at-risk adolescents and transition-age youth. The BHSP supported 80 clinical social work students including 22 from the Western Kansas MSW Program. Graduates live throughout Kansas and other states working with at-risk youth in community mental health centers, schools, primary care practices and other settings. The BHSP was led by Michelle Levy (PI), Alice Lieberman (Co-PI) and Cheryl Holmes (Evaluator).

Scholars & Graduates

Current Integrated Health Scholars & Field Placements 2019-20
Brenda Alarcon - New Chance (Dodge City)
Claire Albert - Catholic Charities of Southwest Kansas (Dodge City)
Jamie Burkhart - Unified School District 347 (Kinsley-Offerle)
Christina DiMattia - Unified School District 473 (Chapman)
Christian Espinosa -Sam Rodgers Health Clinic (Kansas City)
Kaitlyn Fernandez - Compass Behavioral Health (Dodge City)
Lauren Frederick - Children's Mercy Hospital (Kansas City)
Laura Hagebusch - Central Kansas Mental Health Center (Salina)
Alexandria Hall - Swope Health (Kansas City)
Devera Helwer - City on the Hill (Garden City)
Monica Kurz - LMH Health Integrated Crisis Team (Lawrence)
Breonna Lindsey - Rediscover (Kansas City)
Consuelo Martinez - Ascension Via Christi Hospital (Manhattan)
Callie Mauk - Compass Behavioral Health (Garden City)
Jennifer McConico - North Kansas City Hospital (North Kansas City)
Lisa Mongold - KU Health Systems - Saint Francis Campus (Topeka)
Lindsey Northup - KU Alzheimer's Disease Center (Kansas City)
Madison Noyes - Jayhawk Primary Care (Kansas City)
Carrie Pfannenstiel - HaysMed (Hays)
Jennifer Robinson - Heartland Community Health Center (Lawrence)
Arnoldo Ruiz - Vibrant Health (Kansas City)
Stacy Scheetz - Hoxie Clinic (Hoxie)
Michele Stevens - Compass Behavioral Health (Dodge City)
Maria Vicente-Ramos - Russell Child Development Center (Garden City)
Bethann Volden - Unified School District 470 (Liberal)
Rebecca Winterburg - KU Medical Center- Family Medicine(Kansas City)
Amber Wogomon - Cloud County Health Department (Concordia)
Brianna Woods - Swope Health (Kansas City)/div>
Integrated Health Scholars & Field Placements 2018-19
Abigail Baldwin - Shawnee Mission Medcial Center - Behavioral Health (Shawnee Mission)
Marcelo Benalcazar - BullDoc Clinic- Wayndotte High School (Kansas City)
Elizabeth Burris - Shawnee Mission Clinic (Shawnee Mission)
Monica Cabrera - Vibrant Health (Kansas City)
Cathy Carroll - Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas (Pittsburg)
Lucy Cummings - VA Medical Center (Leavenworth)
Megan Davies - Konza Prairie Community Health Center (Junction City)
Brittany Dwyer - St. Luke's Health System - NICU (Kansas City)
Laura Edwards - HealthCore (Wichita)
Carmen Engelke - First Care Clinic (Hays)
Vanessa Gaytan - Genesis Family Health (Garden City)
Madelin Greer - St. Luke's Health System - OB/GYN (Kansas City)
Nancy Guzman - Compass Behavioral Health (Garden City)
Meagan Howard - Research Psychiatric Center (Kansas City)
Andrea Johnson - BullDoc Clinic- Wyandotte High School (Kansas City)
Bethany Knipp - Cottonwood Springs (Olathe)
Kendra Konrady - Research Psychiatric Center (Kansas City)
Karla Martinez - Unified School District 428 (Great Bend)
Traci Martinez - Garden City Schools (Garden City)
Allie Mellor - Lawrence Memorial Hospital (Lawrence)
Shanna Prescott - Smoky Hills Foundation (Hays)
Kristen Rawls - The Children's Shelter (Lawrence)
Michael Rogers - KU Medical Center - Family Medicine (Kansas City)
Grecia Rubio - St. Catherine's Hospital (Garden City)
Jacob Schooler - Valeo Behavioral Health (Topeka)
Shari Taylor - St. Luke's East Hospital (Lee's Summit)
Samantha Trujillo - KU Pediatrics (Kansas City)
Juan Vicente-Ramos - Genesis Family Health (Garden City)
Behavioral Health Scholars & Field Placements 2017-18
Jessica Albin Kelly Center (Hays)
Miguel Alvarez  Genesis Family Health (Garden City)
Robyn Ashauer  Heart of Kansas Family Health Care (Great Bend)
Jared Auten Bert Nash Health Connections (Lawrence)
Jacey Bishop Johnson County Mental Health Center (Overland Park)
Vivien Brite  Stormont Vail (Topeka)
Becky Clark  Genesis Family Health (Garden City)
Shelby Covey  Kids TLC (Olathe)
Alex Creech    Heartland Community Health Center (Lawrence)
Lyndsey Crisenbery Hays West Central Kansas Special Education Cooperative (Hays)
Chrissie Diehl Johnson County Mental Health Center (Overland Park)
Nicole Franklin  Olathe SOARS (Olathe)
Heidi Goerzen Prairie View (Newton)
Mayra Gonzales Compass Behavioral Health (Dodge City)
Alyson Gordon Larned State Hospital (Hays)
Matthew Jepsen Pawnee Mental Health Center (Manhattan)
Dorian Jester Johnson County Mental Health Center (Overland Park)
Alison Kuhn PACES (Kansas City)
Ja’Lynn Montgomery DeLaSalle (Kansas City)
Kaylee Murphy Children’s Mercy (Kansas City)
Derion Rusley BullDoc Clinic (Kansas City)
Kristyna Smith Van Go, Inc. (Lawrence)
Baillie Woydziak  Children’s Mercy (Kansas City)
Connor Wyckoff Johnson County Mental Health Center (Overland Park)
Behavioral Health Scholars & Field Placements 2016-17
Katie Barger Bert Nash WRAP (Lawrence)
Drew Belanger CAPS (Lawrence)
Amanda Brunk-Grady Heartland Community Health Center (Lawrence)
Haley Doubrava Stormont Vail West (Topeka)
Madeline Ford Children’s Mercy Hospital (Kansas City)
Kori Godinez Kansas City Kansas Schools (Kansas City)
Ashley Granville Family Service and Guidance Center (Topeka)
Chelsea Harrington Wyandot Center RAVE (Kansas City)
Jennifer Holder Olathe SOARS (Olathe)
Catelyn Holmes Mattie Rhodes Center (Kansas City)
Cari Hommertzheim Villages (Lawrence/Topeka)
Marissa Kile Marillac (Overland Park)
Laena Loucks Johnson County Mental Health Center (Olathe)
Hannah Lujano The Shelter, Inc. (Lawrence)
Alli McGuinn Priority Care Pediatrics (Kansas City)
Nicole Neves YouthThrive (Olathe)
Nicole Olivier Bulldoc Clinic- Wyandotte High School (Kansas City)
Natalie Reeves Kansas City Kansas Schools (Kansas City)
Giselle Scott Van Go, Inc. (Lawrence)
Stevie St. Clair Bert Nash Health Connections (Lawrence)
DaKie Washington Villages (Lawrence/Topeka)
Kelsey Wendland PACES (Kansas City)
Bria Williams Samuel U. Rodgers Health Center (Kansas City)
Briana Williams Samuel U. Rodgers Health Center (Kansas City)
Behavioral Health Scholars & Field Placements 2015-16
Dairi Amaya Maddie Rhodes Center (Kansas City)
Stephanie Andrasek St. Francis Community Services (Great Bend)
Joanna Bustamante Compass Behavioral Health (Garden City)
Rebecca Esparza Maddie Rhodes Center (Kansas City)
Donna Finley Goodland Family Health (Goodland)
Eric Fitzmorris Bert Nash WRAP
Nadina Goddard Bert Nash WRAP
Ginny Helgeson Wyandot Center Health Homes (Kansas City)
Johana Hernandez Garden City Schools (Garden City)
Diane Hughes Heartland Community Health Center (Lawrence)
Ada Jarrar The Family Conservancy (Kansas City)
Eric Joens Bert Nash WRAP
Andrea Kerns Children's Mercy Hospital (Kansas City)
Lacie Koester The Family Conservancy (Kansas City)
Pamela Leiker Heart of Kansas Health Center (Great Bend)
Crystal Lindenman High Plains Mental Health Center (Hays)
Flor Marquez St. Francis Community Services
Marcia Mauch Central Kansas Cooperative
Connor McFarlin Kansas City Kansas Schools (Kansas City)
Carlos Rivera Unified School District 443 (Dodge City)
Monica Rojas Compass Behavioral Health (Dodge City)
Vanessa Roybal Compass Behavioral Health (Garden City)
Sharee Smallwood Children's Mercy Hospital (Kansas City)
Jason Southard Marillac (Overland Park)
Azure Sitting Up Stapleton Bert Nash WRAP (Lawrence)
Emily Stortenbecker PACES (Kansas City)
Meghan Suman Johnson County Mental Health Center (Olathe)
Rachel Swenson Southwest Guidance Center (Liberal)
Stephanie Taylor Marillac (Overland Park)
RayeAnn Underwood Bert Nash Health Connections (Lawrence)
Leah Womelsdorg Ashby House (Salina)

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.

Michelle Levy
School of Social Welfare
210 Watkins Home
Lawrence, KS 66044

Jason Matejkowski
School of Social Welfare
201 Twente Hall
Lawrence, KS 66044

Kortney Carr
Kortney Carr
School of Social Welfare
270 Regnier Hall
Overland Park, KS 66213

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