Primary Care Project

What is the Primary Care Project?

  • The Primary Care Project helps MSW students from disadvantaged backgrounds fulfill their training in integrated behavioral health services within a primary care setting as part of their final MSW internship. Each year, 22 students will receive a $30,000 scholarship.
  • Participants must meet the federal definition of a student from a disadvantaged background, which includes under-represented minorities (URMs), first-generation students, and those considered educationally, environmentally, or economically disadvantaged.

By The Numbers

$3.25M
Amount received from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to award scholarships over 5 years.
65%
of USC MSW students are people of color.

Project Goals

The Primary Care Project’s goal is to train 110 MSW students from 2020 to 2025 to provide integrated and interprofessional behavioral health services in primary care settings for vulnerable populations. In addition to the scholarships awarded to students, the school will  commit $10,010 of cost sharing annually.

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Involved Faculty

  • Suh Chen Hsiao

    ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR, FIELD EDUCATION
    CLINICAL ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF SOCIAL WORK

    Dr. Hsiao specializes in community health promotion and interventions through interdisciplinary/interprofessional collaboration in behavioral health settings serving medically underserved populations across the lifespan.

  • Ruth Ann Supranovich

    DIRECTOR, FIELD EDUCATION
    CLINICAL ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF SOCIAL WORK

    Ruth Supranovich serves families impacted by child sexual abuse, physical abuse, neglect, and exposure to family and community violence.

  • Omar Lopez

    DIRECTOR OF STIPEND PROGRAMS
    CLINICAL PROFESSOR OF SOCIAL WORK
    FIELD EDUCATION

    Specializes in the administration of grant-funded initiatives with a focus on workforce development programs that train MSW students.

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    CLINICAL ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF SOCIAL WORK
    FIELD EDUCATION

  • Melissa Singh

    CLINICAL ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF SOCIAL WORK
    FIELD EDUCATION

    Melissa Singh is a Clinical Associate Professor of Social Work and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.

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Quote

The increased need for competent social workers to work in primary care settings in California is acute, particularly in historically underserved communities. The scholarship is one way to create opportunities for students to pursue practice in their communities without the worry of unmanageable student loan debt.

- Suh Chen Hsiao, clinical associate professor and co-principal investigator.

Resources for Students from Disadvantaged Backgrounds

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at USC

Racial Justice

Our Commitment to Racial Justice

The USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work is dedicated to eliminating racial injustice and promoting an ongoing process of healing and reconciliation to dismantle racism. 

Commitment to Racial Justice Statement

Land Acknowledgement

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