University of Louisville Magazine

SUMMER 2017

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A C R O S S C A M P U S S U M M E R 2 0 1 7 U o f L M A G A Z I N E | 4 1 SOCIAL WORK KENT PARTNERS WITH YOUTH PROGRAMS TO BRING SOCIAL WORKERS TO STATE A new partnership with two Louisville residential children's organizations will draw some Kent School of Social Work master's students to Kentucky and grant them a head start in training as youth care workers. Out-of-state students accepted into the program will receive an in-state tuition waiver and the chance to work for Maryhurst or Uspiritus, the initial partners in the KENTucky Kids effort. Students have the opportunity to earn a master of science in social work degree in three years and to build a competitive résumé through the mentored training. The program will begin this fall with no more than 15 out-of-state students in the first class. "Uspiritus and Maryhurst are the leading agencies in offering trauma- informed care to the youth in Kentucky. They came to the Kent School because they have the desire to prepare the next generation of residential care profession- als," said Pam Yankeelov, associate dean for student services. "In KENTucky Kids, MSSW [masters of science and social work] students who have a passion for working with youth will embark on a career in residential care through a strong graduate education that is matched with relevant agency employ- ment and strong mentorship." Maryhurst provides residential, in-home and community-based treat- ment programs to children with severe emotional disabilities, often caused by abuse and neglect. "I am thrilled about the upcoming partnership," said Judy Lambeth, Maryhurst president and CEO. Uspiritus provides residential treat- ment, community-based services and therapeutic foster care and adoption for abused and neglected children. Uspiritus President and CEO Abbreial Drane called the collaboration "a win-win for children and future behavioral health providers." TOP: UofL student Alex Connor, right, ran for patient Charlie Cecil. Below: UofL students and their patient partners pose for photos after the races. MEDICINE How does a medical student help a kid with cancer? By running 13.1 miles Eighty-seven students in the School of Medicine and the School of Dentistry ran the Kentucky Derby Festival miniMarathon or Marathon in honor of children with life-threatening diseases who are being treated by physicians in the UofL Pediatrics Division of Hematology, Oncology and Stem Cell Transplantation. The students were participants in Medals4Mettle, an international program through which endurance athletes donate their medals to critically ill patients in recognition of their courage. As the students present their medals to their patient buddies, they tell them, "Your courage is my inspiration." The UofL chapter of Medals- 4Mettle not only cheers the young patients, but provides important insights for the students, who spend time with the patients and their families before the race, often run- ning for the same child year after year. These relationships give the students a deeper understanding of how life-threatening diseases affect the children and their families. "I've gotten a lot of perspective from my relationship with Audrey, getting to know her outside the hospital," said Julie Klensch, a fourth-year medical student who ran all four years for Audrey Neth- ery, who suffers from Diamond Blackfan Anemia, a rare, inherited bone marrow disorder. "It helps me remember the bigger picture of the people we are treating. It has shaped how I will do things and treat patients as a physician." This was the ninth year School of Medicine students have partici- pated in the event, with dental and graduate students participating this year for the first time. Med- als4Mettle was started by Steven Isenberg, an Indianapolis surgeon, who presented his 2003 Chicago Marathon medal to a friend battling prostate cancer.

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