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 occupational therapist 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 a community agency to develop and deliver effective programming from needs assessments, provide educational programming to enhance the capacity of current staff and evaluate program outcomes. Students will develop skills in leadership, communications, partnership development, program assessment and evaluation, and interagency collaborative programming. These scholarly experiences are in the community, and personal transportation is required.
Examples of Projects
Beyond Housing and United for Children partner with WashU OT in the Move2Learn initiative to provide ongoing professional development for early childhood staff serving infants and toddlers. We seek to enhance the capacity of the early childhood educators. Current Move2Learn projects include:
Jennings High School: Supporting Positive Opportunities with Teens (SPOT). This school-based health center is run by WUSM physicians and offers full primary care and behavioral services onsite. We have partnered with the SPOT at Jennings High School to assist in this healthy community focus, broadening the role of OT in public schools. Current projects include:
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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.
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.