BIOL 6530: Health and Housing: Outreach and Education

Student Leaders: 
Sarah Kler, MD21
Faculty Adviser: 
Megan Smith, MSW

The aim of this preclinical elective is to introduce students to the unique resiliencies of and challenges faced by individuals experiencing homelessness and to cover topics related to trauma, social determinants of health, health care access, substance use, and the need for innovative models to address these. Guest speakers and topic discussions will occur monthly and are held jointly with a masters-level social work elective. Students will also accompany a street outreach team (outreach worker and psychiatrist) twice during the course in order to learn directly from and bear witness to people currently experiencing homelessness.