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Community-centered Population Health

Dr. Berg mentors students interested in Community-centered Population Health. The community-university partnerships she has developed build health equity and benefit populations who are under-served, un-served and marginalized. Student-agency partnerships help to familiarize all to the possibilities of the role of an OT on community teams to enhance population health. Students develop skills in program development, program evaluation and community engagement.

General Description of Student Activities

Students will have the opportunity to work with one specific community agency to develop, deliver and support effective educational programming to enhance the capacity of current staff and program outcomes. Students will develop skills in leadership, communications, partnership development, program assessment and evaluation, and interagency collaborations. This scholarly experience is in the community, and personal transportation is required.

Examples of Projects

Dr. Paulette Sankofa is the founder and CEO of Peace Education Action Compassion and Empowerment (PEACE) Weaving Wholeness, whose mission is to help women heal and remain whole. The center is located at 2718 North 13th Street in Old North St. Louis. In summer 2019, we delivered a summer camp program for seniors 50+ years in age who live in the 63106 and 63107 zip codes. Data has been gathered pre- and post- camp and six months later on camp participants. We are hoping to expand programming in 2020. This project will support Dr. Sankofa in her efforts to build a "Village" model for this area.


Christine Berg, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA
Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy and Neurology

Phone: (314) 286-1745
Fax: (314) 286-1601

Ranked as the Number Three OT Program in the Nation

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We welcome inquiries from prospective students, potential collaborators, community partners, alumni and others who want to connect with us. Please complete the form below to begin the conversation.

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Current, future and accepted applicants are encouraged to visit. We also welcome people who are exploring career options and considering occupational therapy. Dr. Kathy Kniepmann, one of our faculty members, opens our visit sessions with an informal presentation and discussion, followed by a tour that’s led by one of our current occupational therapy students.

Upcoming visit sessions*:

*At least two to three visit sessions are scheduled every month. All times are Central Standard Time (CST). Click here for more info.

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Call Dr. Kniepmann at (314) 286-1610
or Robin Hattori at (314) 286-1653