COMMUNITY CONNECTOR COURSE
This course is especially well-suited for students from SHRS, PHARM, NUR and School of Social Work. This seminar focuses on the patient population which is a high risk population who are vulnerable to frequent readmissions to the hospital. Emphasis will be placed on: 1) understanding this patient population, the health system and health behavior challenges associated with this population, and systematic needs associated with reducing their health care needs 2) The course will include presentations by researchers, clinicians, and healthcare industry experts. Students will need to be available for approximately 6, out-of-classroom activities during the semester. This course will expose students to the patient population through visits with clinicians at the hospital, home, and community, including in-home assessments, patient education sessions, and behavior change (motivational interviewing) techniques. Students may me paired with a nurse, speech language pathologist, occupational therapist, or physical therapist during one of these activities. Each out-of-classroom visit often requires a 4-hour block of time.