Mercy Kids in Schools: a labor of love

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For the past two months, I’ve been working at Catholic Health World, a newspaper published twice a month for members of the Catholic Health Association.

The publication highlights the people, events and outreach programs that shape health care at the member hospitals and health systems.  My favorite story so far is about a program based here in St. Louis, a collaboration between Mercy and the Archdiocese of St. Louis called Mercy Kids in Schools. The program is in place at three grade schools run by the Archdiocese and uses a licensed clinical social worker from Mercy named Kim Harrelson.

Kim spends 12 hours a week at each of the schools, offering resiliency programs to classrooms and working in small groups and one-on-one with students. Mercy also provides telemedicine equipment, so Kim can talk with students at one school if she’s at another. Kim and the students also use the audio/video equipment to n connect to staff at Mercy Kids for counseling and consultation.

Working on the story was a labor of love, largely because the program is a labor of love for Kim, the students and the staff at Mercy.

But enough of how much I enjoyed writing this. I hope you’ll enjoy reading it. 

And here are some photos that didn’t appear in the original version.

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