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Targeted Outreach

The Program in Occupational Therapy collaborates with Washington University School of Medicine and Barnes-Jewish Hospital on initiatives that provide health education, evidence-based and self-management programs, and program management and support to promote wellness to individuals and organizations.

St. Louis Regional Arthritis Center (RAC)

The St. Louis Regional Arthritis Center (RAC) is managed by the School of Medicine and led by Clinical Specialist Duana Russell-Thomas, MSOT, OTR/L. It is designed to disseminate evidence-based programs that support chronic disease management and prevention throughout the Eastern Region of Missouri. It is one of seven regional centers designed to offer arthritis-friendly physical activity and self-management programs. The programs aim to provide optimal quality of life for people living with long-term conditions.

Services provided through the RAC include: exercise programs designed specifically for people with arthritis; self-management classes that include topics such as nutrition, health-care provider communication and action plans; and free community education through health fairs, displays or organizations.

Stay Healthy Outpatient Program (SHOP)

The Stay Healthy Outpatient Program (SHOP) at Barnes-Jewish Hospital is a transdisciplinary approach to providing comprehensive outpatient care to Medicare patients at high-risk for re-admissions. SHOP often manages medical and social determinants of health for the most vulnerable. Patients with chronic conditions often need this wide range of support to help them stay healthy and out of the hospital.

SHOP has a number of resources in place to guide and support patients including: medication management, primary care and follow up services, access to care at home and developing safe and effective discharge plans.


We actively look for opportunities to partner with community organizations.




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