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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 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 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. 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. They seek to enhance the capacity of early childhood educators. Current Move2Learn projects include:

  • Volunteering weekly in an early childhood center to increase infant and toddler physical activity
  • Addressing self-care with staff to cope with serving families and children who are traumatized

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 partner with the SPOT at Jennings High School (JHS) as part of their coalition team at JHS that champions health initiatives. We seek to broaden the role of occupational therapy in public schools. Current projects are under development:    

  • Programs for health and wellness of JHS staff and students
  • Impact of hypertension on activity participation on students


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

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

Community Partners

Beyond Housing
United 4 Children
The SPOT at Jennings High School

Ranked as the Number One 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