This Friday through Sunday, Nov. 13 – 15, faculty and Doctor of Physical Therapy students from the Department of Physical Therapy will attend and present at the Pro Bono Network Conference delivered virtually for the first time.
The mission of the conference is to facilitate the networking of students participating in student-run pro bono clinics that are delivering rehabilitation healthcare services to the uninsured and underinsured of our communities, and UF DPT students will present the quality improvement and innovation projects they completed as part of their community engagement groups or for a final year Health Promotion courses.
UF DPT students will present seven presentations from the Class of 2021 REACH groups, including virtual presentations and poster sessions from Children on the Go and Equal Access Clinic. Below are a list of their presentations:
Peer education for continuity in a student-run clinic Alyse Hausman, Paul Auth, Alyssa Morrison, Gabriela Lin
Continuity of Care in a Student-run Walk-in Clinic Alyssa Morrison
Creation and implementation of an interprofessional patient referral system in a student run clinic Paul Auth
Interpreter Etiquette Educational Module for Student Physical Therapy Gabriela Lin
Creating a Virtual Adaptive Gymnastics Google Classroom Initiative during the COVID-19 Pandemic Ashley Tringas, Kayce Whitbeck
Creating a Sensory Corner for a Pediatric Adaptive Gymnastics Program through Interprofessional Workshops (PT, OT, Audiology) Ashley Tringas, Kayce Whitbeck
Peer-Led Interactive Training Session to Prepare 1st year Physical Therapy Students to Volunteer with Children with Disabilities in an Adaptive Gymnastics Program Ashley Tringas, Kayce Whitbeck
There are normally three events – Eastern, Western, and Central – and the first conference scheduled for the South in Charleston in April was cancelled. Widener University in Pennsylvania has done a remarkable job reshaping for virtual delivery with 40 oral presentations and multiple poster presentations. Last year, Erin Waterman was the first UF DPT student presenting in this rapidly expanding conference, while Paul Auth and Alyssa Morrison attended the Midwestern conference.
“This year we are very proud of the students from Children on the Go and Equal Access Clinic who have had 7 presentations accepted,” said Kim Dunleavy, PhD, PT, OCS, clinical professor and Director of Community Engagement. “The conference provides opportunities for students and faculty involved in pro bono services to share lessons learned. UF has also taken on the responsibility as the South East regional consortium leaders with Alyse Hausman and Haley Hasty contributing to national discussions and regional outreach. ”
In addition to their presentations, there are multiple tracks and keynote speakers with a focus on diversity, population health, and reaching underserved communities. Dr. Lisa VanHoose, PT, PhD, MPH will be the keynote speaker on Nov. 13, Dr. Dawn Magnusson, PT, PhD, will give a mini keynote presentation on Nov. 14, and Dr. Douglene Jackson, OTR, PhD, will present the final mini keynote presentation on Nov. 15.