Lightning Talk

Community as the Classroom: Using a Patient-centered Care Coordination Platform to Address Social Determinants of Health in a Student-led Clinic

Sunday, August 21, 2022, 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm CDT
Free Clinic

The opportunity for students to work with patients to address social determinants of health (SDOH) is pivotal to the learning of their professional roles and responsibilities and how to communicate and operate as part of a team. This presentation explores how an allied health program implemented intentional education with students on SDOH followed by opportunities to screen for SDOH with patients in a student-led clinic. Through the screening process, students identified patient needs and provided recommendations and referrals to community organizations through a patient-centered care coordination platform. Students were able to engage and network with additional providers and track outcomes of referrals and services offered to patients. This learning opportunity showcases the important role community organizations and other healthcare providers play in meeting the needs of patients and how this model has the potential to decrease barriers to care for at-risk patients. Through implementation of this method of learning, students had the opportunity to practice and develop the skills needed to address SDOH prior to more advanced fieldwork rotations as part of their professional education. Additionally, students were able to experience first-hand the complexity of addressing SDOH with patient populations beyond case-based or simulated scenarios. During this presentation, a potential framework for integrating this style of learning into current educational programs will be provided and successes and learning opportunities to collaborate with community providers in the current model will be discussed.