Bearing Good News to MERC-eligible Field Sites

November 1, 2017
Health care social work, student with nurse

Lisa Richardson, director of MSW field education, was the bearer of good news to 32 St. Kate's - St. Thomas MSW field placement sites that qualified for MERC (Medical Education and Research Costs) grants for the MSW students they hosted in FY15. She facilitated the distribution of over $675,000 to these agencies in June of 2017, representing growth of 110% over the previous year!

The MERC Grant, administered by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), distributes grants to providers of clinical medical education in Minnesota. The dollars fund a portion of the cost for clinical training for nearly a dozen health professions.

Since Clinical Social Work was added to the list of eligible professions in 2011, the St. Kate’s – St. Thomas MSW field program has led the way in educating and encouraging our potentially-eligible field partners to apply for the grants. For the FY15 distributions that took place in 2017, 32 of the 40 agencies that applied received grant funding.

The MERC model, unique to Minnesota, represents the state’s commitment to work as a partner to providers and educators in creating the workforce of the future.