Date of Graduation

Summer 8-26-2015

Document Type

Project/Capstone

Degree Name

Master of Public Health (MPH)

College/School

School of Nursing and Health Professions

Abstract

San Francisco’s Western Addition is a neighborhood steeped in a history of discriminative policies and actions. Today, while the Western is a vibrant community, it continues to feel the effects of the historic discriminatory practices. This is evident in the disparities seen across many indicators, including: educational success and attainment; health; employment; and housing opportunities. Engage San Francisco, an initiative born from the University of San Francisco’s Leo T. McCarthy for Public Service and Common Good seeks to help improve the lives and success of children, youth and families in the Western Addition through community identified needs. Through campus-community relationships between the Western Addition and the University of San Francisco, Engage San Francisco hopes to engage students through service-learning opportunities that emphasize education, health, housing, and employment in the Western Addition. Currently, as a means of improving the health and healthcare availability in the Western Addition, Engage San Francisco and the USF School of Nursing and Health Professions is in the process of developing a integrated care clinic serving the health needs of the Western Addition. This paper will detail the 300-hour fieldwork experience working with both agencies to conduct a health needs assessment that will lay the foundation of the services that will be provided at the integrated care clinic.

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