This course examines the impact of poverty on the health and mental health status of Americans and the role of social work in ameliorating that impact. The literature examining the socioeconomic factors in determining health status and access to health care will be reviewed. Comparison will be made with other developed nations. This semester particular emphasis will be placed on two recently released reports of the U.S. Public Health Service: Healthy People 2010 and The Surgeon General's Report on Mental Health. Comparisons will be made with pending state and federal legislation. Social Work practice within health and mental health specialty area will be examined from contemporary perspectives and projections for the future. There will be opportunity to earn at least six hours community service through partcipation in a primary health care activity.