Over six years, the Southern Miss School of Social Work and Biloxi-based Coastal Family Health Center pioneered an innovative care model: introducing social work graduate-level students and full-time social workers to deliver more patient services.
Specifically, the Mississippi Integrated Health and Disaster Project placed eight professional social workers and 82 student interns who were ultimately responsible for 8,572 care appointments covering 4,430 patients across seven Coastal facilities.
These additional resources added mental and behavioral health services, and also helped with management and education related to chronic health conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity. Funding came as part of the medical settlement following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill of 2010.
Here are five features that help tell the story of the MIHDP project:
- Social Workers Down the Hall: A Case Study of Integrated Care
- Project Gives Southern Miss Social Work Interns Real-World Experience
- For Coastal Family Health Center, Integrated Care is Just Good Business
- Every Tuesday, the Homeless are the Priority at This Biloxi Clinic
- Moss Point Students Get Free Behavioral Care from Coastal Family Health