“Hotspotting” a Standout Social Work Student
Chitaia “Taya” Stover is currently completing her Social Work internship with Southern IL University School of Medicine’s new Office of Community Initiatives & Complex Care. As part of her internship, she is participating in the Interprofessional Student Hotspotting Learning Collaborative, a program that trains interdisciplinary teams of professional students from schools around the country to learn to work with complex medical and social needs using a patient-centered approach. These student teams are coached by other students and faculty coaches to provide case management services to a small number of patients needing assistance accessing medical and other social services. The student teams also participate in an online curriculum covering topics such as Motivational Interviewing, Trauma Informed Care, and Harm Reduction. Taya and two medical students were chosen from the pool of 35 students to help create a poster presentation on the hotspotting 2019-2020 season for the National Center for Complex Health & Social Needs annual conference. She will be attending the conference in Philadelphia with the other nominated students and multiple faculty.