UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Washington, DC is proud to support Gallaudet University in the creation of its first Clinical Social Work Fellowship designed to serve Hearing, Hard of Hearing and Deaf adults and children in clinical mental health settings in low-income areas of Washington, D.C. Through a $50,000 grant provided by UnitedHealthcare, Gallaudet was able to fund a portion of the Master of Social Work (MSW) practice course sequence, internship stipends and other costs for two students through the Fall 2021-Summer 2022 academic year.
The goal of the Fellowship is to:
- Strengthen the clinical training element of the MSW program for social work students at Gallaudet University.
- Provide clinical mental health services to underserved populations in the District of Columbia’s Wards 5, 7, and 8.
As the world’s only liberal arts university with programs and services specifically designed for Deaf and Hard of Hearing people, Gallaudet University has a rich history of transformation and impact. Since the U.S. Congress signed its charter in 1864, Gallaudet has been the political, social, and economic engine of the signing community.
Dr. Elizabeth Bowman, MSW Assistant Professor, Gallaudet University, works closely with the students participating in the Fellowship and when asked about the importance of this work she explained, “The funding provided by UnitedHealthcare will allow the Gallaudet MSW program and agency partners to work with two strong, foundation year students to provide clinical mental health services to underserved DC populations, and to build a solid foundation for expansion of the clinical mental health focus which has always been a cornerstone of our program. We want many individuals to benefit from this work for years to come.”
To learn more about the Gallaudet University Clinical Social Work Fellowship contact Dr. Bowman. UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Washington, DC. is committed to expanding capacity for our partners working every day to create a more inclusive DC.