September 26, 2011
ATLANTA - The clients of the HeLP Legal Services Clinic face a multitude of challenges that affect the health and well-being of their children. Not all of those problems can be solved through medical care or legal advocacy, however. It takes expertise from other disciplines to provide a more holistic set of services to address the needs of low-income children and their families.
Recognizing this issue, the HeLP Clinic has welcomed the addition of Kate Edwards, a graduate student in the Georgia State University School of Social Work whose field placement is with the Clinic. Edwards will be working to address the social services and case management needs of the Clinic’s clients.
Edwards’ background includes serving children in health care settings and understanding their health challenges. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from the University of Georgia, where she also minored in Childhood and Family Development. While in college, Kate volunteered at Athens Regional Medical Center in the Pediatric Rehabilitation Unit.
"We are thrilled to have Kate join the HeLP Clinic," said Emily Suski, a Clinical Supervising Attorney in the Clinic. Suski also has a Master of Social Work degree and will be supervising Edwards’ work. "Through this interdisciplinary collaboration we are now able to more comprehensively meet the needs of our clients."
Edwards began her work with Clinic on September 6, 2011. She already has her first cases. "I am looking forward to working to address the needs of the clients and to collaborating with the lawyers, law students, and health professionals at the HeLP," said Edwards. Edwards will spend sixteen hours per week in the Clinic through April 2012.
Administrative Coordinator, Center for Law, Health & Society