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MED 219: Housing Equity & Intro to Community-led Case Management

SPRING 22/23

About

Developed by the Stanford Housing Equity Project, MED 219 provides foundational skills in basic on-site case management, with a focus on benefits navigation, for students interested in community-based social work services. The course emphasizes the importance of centering the lived experiences of people experiencing homelessness and those experiencing material deprivation, and strategies for connecting them with essential resources. Students will gain practical experience in benefits navigation and case management through service learning activities with The United Effort Organization, Inc. (UEO), a non-profit organization that provides case management services to the homeless and housing-insecure populations in Mountain View and the surrounding areas. The course aims to increase housing equity and address other forms of inequity by providing an understanding of effective community partnerships, and the causes and consequences of homelessness. By the end of the course, students will have an understanding of the importance of centering the lived experiences of unhoused individuals when developing solutions to address homelessness.

Course Schedule

Week 1 (April 5)

  • Course Overview
  • Guest Speakers: Introduction to Community-Based Social Work with United Effort Organization

Week 2 (April 12)

  • Didactic: Housing in the Bay
  • Capstone Project Sign-ups

Week 3 (April 19)

  • NarCan Training
  • Benefits Navigation and Service-Prep
  • Didactic: “Case Management First Aid”

Week 4 (April 26 or April 29)

  • No Class - Service Learning Opportunity
  • #1: Wednesday - 8:00AM-10:00AM at Hope’s Corner
  • #2: Saturday - 8:00AM-10:00AM

Week 5 (May 3)

  • Debrief: Service Learning
  • Guest Speakers: LifeMoves Case Managers

Week 6 (May 10 or May 13)

  • No Class - Service-Learning Opportunity
  • #1: Wednesday - 8:00AM-10:00AM at Hope’s Corner
  • #2: Saturday - 8:00AM-10:00AM at Hope’s Corner

Week 7 (May 17)

  • Didactic: Benefits Application Support
  • Guest Lecture: Alicia Ludlow - Substance Abuse Specialist

Week 8 (May 24)

  • No Class - Service-Learning Opportunity
  • #1: Wednesday - 8:00AM-10:00AM at Hope’s Corner
  • #2: Saturday - 8:00AM-10:00AM at Hope’s Corner

Week 9 (May 31)

  • Didactic: Organizing around Housing Policy
  • Group Project Presentations

Week 10

  • Final Reflections on Course and Service
  • Analysis of Community Partnerships and Future Directions
  • Capstone Project Due