HSRS News Archives Winter 2013
Greene Memorial Lecture in Physical Therapy
Kathleen Kline Mangione, PT, Ph.D.
"Raising the Bar for Hip Fracture Recovery"
Thursday, April 11, 2013
Appleton Auditorium, Fuller Arts Center
Read more about this event here.
Salome Brooks Appointed to the American Physical Therapy Association Diversity in Student Recruitment and Retention Task Force
Salome Brooks, Ed.D., PT, assistant professor of physical therapy, was appointed to the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Diversity in Student Recruitment and Retention Task Force. According to the Academic Council of the APTA, the committee is "charged with defining "under-represented minorities" in physical therapist education and affirming a rationale for promoting a diverse student population and workforce in physical therapy. The workgroup will explore and promote partnership opportunities for APTA, academic council, the student assembly, physical therapy (PT) education programs, and other organizations to advance student diversity initiatives."
Brooks has worked with middle and high school students and is aware of their concerns, which benefits her within her new role. She also realizes the significance of educating the K-12 school advisors and counselors as to the existence and merits of the PT profession. Brooks has 30 years experience in physical therapy and was a recipient of the APTA Minority Faculty Scholarship Award in 2005. Her area of expertise is professional practice and management, and diversity affairs, which has been integral in her special interests for 15 years. As a female person of color, Brooks personally had the experience of assimilating into the American culture when she came to the United States as a young adult. Her knowledge of the difference in education between countries will be beneficial to the committee.
David Miller Quoted in Valley Advocate
David Miller, Ph.D., dean of the School of Health Sciences and Rehabilitation Studies, was quoted recently in a Valley Advocate article entitled "Health Care and Aging: Fields of Opportunity." According to the article, there is a growing demand for health care jobs in areas such as physical and occupational therapy due to the increase in the aging population.
Miller emphasized the importance of proper training for allied health professionals who will be working with the older adults. He also spoke of the benefits of incorporating clinical experience into the training experience. He provided information about the Stoke Group Exercise Program that Springfield College offers to people living with the effects of a stroke. As part of their academic curriculum, PT and OT students have the opportunity to provide direct service to participants in this and similar initiatives in the school.
Kim Nowakowski D.P.T., assistant professor of physical therapy and board certified specialist in geriatrics, and Joanie Simmons, Ph.D., associate professor of occupational therapy, also were quoted in the article. Nowakowski explained that the work of a physical therapist "has a great deal to do with function: issues of mobility, mechanics, endurance and strengthening." She also emphasized that all students learn to work with populations across the lifespan. Simmons explained that the job of an occupational therapist was to "focus on the day-to-day; from getting up and dressed on out, the OT works as a problem solver."
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