Meryl Kanfer, LCSW, joined the UNC School of Social Work in 2015 to assist in the coordination of UNC-PrimeCare, a HRSA funded project that trains final year MSW students to enter the workforce with the skills necessary to work as behavioral health providers in integrated health care settings.
UNC-PrimeCare has received state and national recognition, resulting in the renewal of the grant in 2017, and again in 2019. The 2019 grant, called UNC-PrimeCare-OUD focuses on training MSW students to provide assessment and treatment for individuals struggling with opioid addition and problematic substance use.
Ms. Kanfer supervises some of the UNC-PrimeCare students and works closely with the field team to identify and support field sites that complement the UNC-PrimeCare training objectives. Ms. Kanfer oversees UNC-PrimeCare administrative tasks, including the application and selection process, the planning of supplemental training seminars and workshops, and assists in completing annual reports required by HRSA.
Ms Kanfer teaches SOWO 741, Integrated Behavioral Health Care with Underserved Populations in the summer and fall semesters. She is also a faculty champion with the UNC Rural Inter-professional Health Initiative Project.
Ms. Kanfer is a Mental Health First Aid instructor who trains campus faculty, staff and students the skills needed to help someone experiencing a mental health crisis.
Ms. Kanfer came to UNC following a career as an outpatient provider in the Departments of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at Duke. In addition to her work at UNC, she has a part-time private practice in the community.