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DESC has partnered with the University of Washington for decades. We work together across multiple UW schools and departments on a range of activities, including clinical care for our clients, research and evaluation of DESC’s work and opportunities for students to learn and gain real world experience.

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Clinical care

UW MEDICINE HARBORVIEW MEDICAL CENTER

  • Harborview primary care RN, ARNP, and MD services at: DESC emergency shelters (since 1984!), DESC outpatient behavioral health clinics at 1811 Eastlake, The Estelle and the Union Hotel.
  • Harborview and DESC data matching project to enhance care coordination between the two organizations.
  • HMC has been siting nurses and doctors at DESC supportive housing sites and inside emergency shelters since 1984.

UW SCHOOL OF MEDICINE

  • Students at the UW School of medicine have provided dermatology and foot-care clinics in our emergency shelters.

Research

UW MEDICINE DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHIATRY AND BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES
Center for the Study of Health and Risk Behaviors

UW MEDICINE DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHIATRY AND BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES
Washington Institute for Mental Health Research and Training, Division of Public Behavioral Health & Justice Policy

UW MEDICINE DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHIATRY AND BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES

Center for Healthcare Improvement for Addictions, Mental Illness, and Medically Vulnerable Populations (CHAMMP)

UW MEDICINE, DIVISION OF ALLERGY AND INFECTIOUS DISEASES

UW MEDICINE DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHIATRY AND BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES
Harm Reduction Research and Treatment (HaRRT) Center

UW MEDICINE, DIVISION OF ALLERGY AND INFECTIOUS DISEASES

UW DEPT OF PSYCHOLOGY, ADDICTIVE BEHAVIORS RESEARCH CENTER

  • Robert Wood Johnson-funded study of original 1811 Eastlake outcomes, producing the 2009 JAMA article.

UW EVANS SCHOOL OF PUBLIC POLICY & GOVERNANCE

UW EVANS SCHOOL OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND COLLEGE OF BUILT ENVIRONMENTS

Runstad Dept. of Real Estate

Student education

UW SCHOOL OF NURSING

  • Wound Care training
  • Student internship placements
  • Training services as part of a training module for UW
  • Health Sciences students participating in community engagement work

UW MEDICINE DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHIATRY & BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES

  • Training site for resident psychiatrists

UW SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WORK

  • Student practicum placements

CARLSON LEADERSHIP & PUBLIC SERVICE CENTER

Now known as the Community Engagement and Leadership Education (CELE) Center

  • Student internship placements

UW SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH

  • Student practicum placements, thesis projects, and capstone projects

UW DEPARTMENT OF URBAN DESIGN & PLANNING IN THE COLLEGE OF BUILT ENVIRONMENTS

  • Identifying real estate opportunities to aid DESC in replacing congregate shelters

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