UE receives READI grant for new wellness clinic
The University of Evansville has received a $750,000 grant as part of the state’s Regional Economic Acceleration and Development Initiative (READI) for the development of a community-based clinic. UE says its Multidisciplinary Mental Health and Wellness Clinic will serve area residents while also providing clinical experience to students pursuing degrees in healthcare.
Construction is expected to begin in April with an anticipated completion date in August.
“This multidisciplinary clinic is part of the University’s larger vision of community outreach that will increase the quality of life for our community members. Faculty and students from multiple health disciplines will work and learn together to improve how we deliver health care while also gaining valuable experience in their chosen field,” said Mary Kessler, Dean of the College of Education and Health Sciences.
This fall, UE will admit its first cohort of graduate students for the newly developed Doctor of Clinical Psychology program. As it developed the program, the university said it would open a mental health and wellness clinic to give the PsyD students and faculty a place for clinical work.
The Southwest Indiana Regional Development Authority was one of five regions in the state to receive a full $50 million award from the $500 million READI program.
The Indiana Economic Development Corp. said READI funds work toward improving the quality of place, quality of life, and quality of opportunity within the communities that receive the grants.
“Our goal is to provide UE students with transformational educational and clinical experiences, which will improve their overall competency while also assisting the Evansville region with increasing and retaining needed health care providers in the local workforce,” said Kessler.
UE says the new clinic will increase opportunities for physician assistants and nursing students to apply what they are learning in class in actual practice.