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Service Learning Project at Evansville Psychiatric Children’s Center

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Dr. Jones with Aaron Costlow, ’21

Shannon Jones, MD, medical director at Evansville Psychiatric Children’s Center (EPCC) and IU School of Medicine volunteer clinical faculty member, waited for many years for an abandoned trail behind the center to be cleared and reimagined. Thanks to Jones and learners at IU School of Medicine – Evansville, the trail has been cleared and will be repurposed for children serviced by EPCC.

After a clinical rotation at EPCC, third-year Evansville medical student, Aaron Costlow, heard about the trail and wanted to help. Through the efforts of Aaron and many others, the overgrown trail was cleared, sprayed and covered with a new layer of mulch. First-year medical students assisted with the spreading of mulch and other landscaping needs around the center as their introduction to service learning in their Transitions 1 course. The new trail will allow children to explore nature in a safe, controlled environment, letting play and imaginative therapies aid in their treatment.

The EPCC was founded in October of 1966 and was intended to be one of several state-operated facilities to serve Indiana’s inpatient pediatric behavioral health; however, it was the only one of these facilities that was actually fully completed and opened for services.

Left to Right: Kenneth Christian, Abhi Mishra, Lucie Ly, Trevor Lehr, Rishi Bolla, Mary Kinney, Darren Chen, Vasu Sheel, Adam Lonnberg, and Kathleen Landrigan.

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