The Program in Occupational Therapy collaborates 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, OTD, 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: walking programs designed specifically to help people to manage arthritis and other chronic conditions; self-management classes that share tools for healthy living and the creation of individualized action plans to meet their goals; and free community education through health fairs, trainings, displays or organizations. See https://moarthritis.org for details on how to join a class.