Spalding receives grant to serve clinics

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Spalding University has been awarded a $1.15 million grant to fund the work of psychology and social work students’ work in area health care clinics.

The federal grant — awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services — will provide stipends to doctoral candidates in clinical psychology and students pursuing a master’s degree in social work enrolled in Spalding’s Interdisciplinary Behavioral Health Scholars Program, according to a news release from the school.

In addition to Spalding, the University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville received the grant.

Spalding’s graduate students will work with three Louisville health and wellness organizations to provide services. They are:

— The Family Community Clinic, located at St. Joseph Church in Butchertown, which provides medical assistance to individuals without health insurance;

— Shawnee Christian Healthcare Center, which provides affordable primary health and dental care to patients in West Louisville;

— And, Smoketown Family Wellness Center, which offers wellness programs in a neighborhood where the average life expectancy of residents is 10 years below other Louisville areas, according to the center’s website.

George Fischer, founder of the Family Community Clinic, said he was pleased to hear Spalding students would serve there.

“I am very familiar with the health-care academic programs at Spalding University and find it very rewarding to know that individuals who rely on health-care services will receive the quality care and attention that a partnership with Spalding will bring,” he said in the new release from Spalding. “I’m grateful to Spalding and its faculty and students for providing help to members of our community who need it.”

The grant money for Spalding students will be dispersed over four years, with the funding increasing after the first year, the release said. There will be six student recipients in the first year and 10 in Years two through four. The psychology students will receive $28,352 each, and the social work students will receive $10,000.

The grant will also be used to hire a clinical coordinator and fund seminars.

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