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Meet Charlotte

Sep 1, 2017

Our featured IPE faculty member for September 2017 is Charlotte Sanders, Field Lead with the University of Washington School of Social Work.

Charlotte Sanders received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Central Washington University in 1991 and her Masters in Social Work (MSW) from the University of Washington in 2004.  She has been involved with the UW School of Social Work (SSW) since receiving her MSW—as a guest lecturer, practicum instructor, and a temporary field education faculty member. She joined the SSW full time in December 2014 to serve as the Field Lead for the Northwest Leaders in Behavioral Health Program. In this capacity, she works with practicum instructors and the SSW staff and faculty to prepare MSW students for careers providing behavioral health services to children, youth, and young adults. 

In the early 1990s Charlotte moved to Seattle and began her decades-long career working with youth & young adults experiencing homelessness.  First as a Youth Worker at the Denny Place Youth Shelter and most recently as the Youth Clinic Manager and on-site Social Worker at Neighborcare Health’s 45th Street Youth Clinic for over nine years.  At the 45th Street Clinic she oversaw program operations and provided social work services in an integrated, multi-disciplinary healthcare clinic serving young people experiencing homelessness.

During Winter Quarter 2017, Charlotte and Lois Thetford (UW MEDEX Northwest Physician Assistant Program) developed and co-taught the interprofessional course, “Homelessness in Seattle” (MEDEX 580). The course was developed in response to UW hosting Tent City 3 on the Seattle Campus and will be offered again in Fall 2017. Charlotte and Lois were uniquely committed to involving Tent City 3 residents in the planning and presentation of information during the course. While the residents no longer live on the UW Seattle campus, Charlotte has visited them in their new location and says that they will remain involved in the course development and content delivery during the upcoming MEDEX 580 course this Autumn quarter.

We interviewed Charlotte about her work as an interprofessional educator at the UW. Read our interview below.

CHSIE: How and why did you become involved with Interprofessional Education (IPE)/Interprofessional Collaborative Practice (IPCP)?

Charlotte: After joining the UW School of Social Work as the Field Lead of the Northwest Leaders in Behavioral Health Program (NLBHP) our MSW student trainees and I were invited to participate in the Shared Decision Making and Patient Centered Care IPE event in spring of 2015.  Coming from an integrated health care background at Neighborcare Health’s 45th Street Youth Clinic, serving young people experiencing homelessness, and working with a multidisciplinary team of healthcare providers, I couldn’t help but feel passionate about training future health science students to work collaboratively on a team to address healthcare concerns of marginalized and underserved populations. 

CHSIE: What do you believe are the benefits of IPE/IPCP?

Charlotte: IPE/IPCP provides health science students the opportunity to learn from each other, to understand each other’s perspectives, to experience teamwork with other healthcare providers, and to use that knowledge to provide safe, competent, and holistic care for patients.  These events also provide health science educators an opportunity to collaborate on the development of curriculum, plan active learning opportunities, share our lessons learned with students, demonstrate practical teamwork skills, and learn from the other disciplines as we hope our students will through this process.  We are making an impact on future patient care.

CHSIE: What has been the most memorable experience/highlight of developing/facilitating IPE/IPCP so far?

Charlotte: I love seeing our health science students connect with each other and come away with a better understanding and appreciation of not only each other’s perspectives but of their own role on a multidisciplinary team.  IPE/IPCP provides our students the opportunity to experience collaboration across disciplines and then apply this into their future practice. 

For more information about Charlotte’s Fall 2017 course, “Homelessness in Seattle” (MEDEX 580), click here.

To read about UW’s involvement with Tent City 3, hosted on the UW Campus during Winter 2017, click here.

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