Interprofessional Education

Social workers are vital front line workers of the interprofessional healthcare ecosystem of Detroit, partnering with allied health professionals to address the social determinants of health and improve patient outcomes in our urban community. For nearly a decade the Wayne State University School of Social Work has partnered with community organizations, allied health professionals, alumni, faculty and students to provide valuable urban interprofessional student training experiences as a participant in the Community Homeless Interprofessional Program Clinic, Community Homeless Interprofessional Program Vision Clinic, the Interprofessional Home Visit Program and the Diabetes and Wellness Clinic. 

We encourage students and alumni to "Meet us in the Neighborhood" of Detroit and participate in the interdisciplinary clinics and programs listed below which provide opportunities for students to gain hands-on experience with allied health professionals that positively impact Detroiters. Interested students and alumni should contact the respective liaisons listed below. 

Community organizations interested in participating in the School's existing interprofessional collaborations or working to establish a new one should contact the Director of Interprofessional Education, Shantalea Johns, at or 313-577-4463.

Community Homeless Interprofessional Program (CHIP)

CHIPWith nearly 11,000 homeless individuals in Detroit, the need for healthcare screenings, services and community resources is great. Led by the WSU Interprofessional student org, CHIP faculty, staff and student volunteers from social work, medicine, pharmacy, and physical therapy work to fill this gap on weekends when healthcare options are limited. Social work students empower clients by coaching them towards organizations that can improve their housing situations, linking them to community resources, and improving their quality of life. Student volunteers participate in monthly trainings on topics from each profession area represented and host an annual interdisciplinary panel. Learn more

Frequency: Second Sunday of every month

Location: Detroit's Cathedral Church of St. Paul

Social Work Liasion: Shantalea Johns (

Community Homeless Interprofessional Program Vision Clinic (CHIP Vision)

CHIP visionIn an effort to continue to meet the changing needs of Detroiters, CHIP has expanded to include CHIP Vision, which offers free vision care, mental health resources and legal advice to those experiencing homelessness in Detroit. Launched in fall 2020, this collaboration brings together WSU students from social work, medicine and law and continues the mission of CHIP as a holistic and client-centered clinic.



Frequency: Third Sunday of every month

Location: Detroit's Cathedral Church of St. Paul

Social Work Liasion: Shantalea Johns (

Diabetes, Education and Wellness Clinic (DEW)

DEW Clinic StudentsThe DEW Clinic is a multidisciplinary student-run clinic that operates in partnership with Wayne State University. The clinic hosts students, faculty, and community mentors from the pharmacy, medical, physical therapy, occupational therapy, dietetics, and social work graduate programs. These disciplines work together to provide free specialized care and educational resources to diabetic patients in the Detroit area. Learn more and visit the DEW Facebook page.



Frequency: First Munday of every month

Location: S.A.Y. Detroit Family Health Clinic

Social Work Liasion: Anwar Najor-Durack (

Interprofessional Team Home Visit Program (IPTV)

IPTV students

There are nearly 90,000 older adults residing in Detroit and the numbers continue to grow. Working with older adults presents a variety of opportunities and challenges in our urban environment. For over 10 years this interdisciplinary program has brought together WSU students from social work, medicine, nursing, occupational therapy, pharmacy, physical therapy, physician assistant studies, and dental students from the University of Detroit Mercy to care for older adults. Students learn how to assess an older adult's health and social needs and to participate in an interdisciplinary team home visit environment. Learn more

Frequency: In conjunction with the Social Work Practice Methods II course, students in the bachelors of social work program (BSW) participate in IPTV during their winter semester. 

Social Work Liasion: Students should contact their Social Work Practice Methods II course instructor