Reinventing Social Work Education and Service Delivery in Rural Areas: An Interdisciplinary Model for Serving Vulnerable Populations

Wayne R. Moore, Fran Pearson, John Rife, Jay Poole, Lelia Moore, Antonia Reaves

Abstract


This article presents an interdisciplinary approach to serving the social service and health needs of vulnerable persons living rural communities.  This project, the Congregational Social Work Education Initiative (CSWEI), is funded by a health care foundation.   Persons in rural areas are often at risk for poverty, homelessness and lack of access to needed health and social services. The project demonstrates the opportunities for collaboration between professional social work, religiously affiliated organizations (RAOs) and nursing in order to reduce health and mental health disparities among residents in rural areas.

Key Words: social work internship, elderly, social work and rural religious affiliated organizations, congregational nursing, collaboration, interdisciplinary practice.


Keywords


social work internship, elderly, social work and rural religious affiliated organizations, congregational nursing, collaboration, interdisciplinary practice.

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