Flex SA Patient/Client Care Management I class photo with guest speaker, Will Roberts. Roberts attended the Lab on Sunday, July 14th to share with students his personal story and demonstrate functional mobility including: wheelchair propulsion on even and uneven terrain, vehicle to/from wheelchair transfers, ramp/curb negotiation, and how to enter doorways using a wheelchair.
“Stepping On” Workshop
Stepping On is a community evidence-based falls prevention program. The workshop is held 2 hours on 1 day per week for a total of 7 weeks. During each class, the participants (community-dwelling older adults) learn about health, fall prevention, and perform exercises to improve strength and balance. The workshop included two Leaders: Bonnie Rogulj (Physical Therapist), Janice Stamm (Physical Therapist Assistant) in addition to a Vision Expert (Kaitlyn Cremer SA Occupational Therapy Instructor) and a local Pharmacist. In addition, we had (2) Peer Leaders who are SA faculty members (Dr. Deb Jackson, Dr. Margaret Wicinski). The workshop was a success and our University was able to support community members and increase knowledge about how a community program may help our future patients achieve their goals!
Purple Class DPT Pinning Ceremony
At the Relay For Life Carlsbad-Encinitas, the USAHS team, Adapt and Motivate, successfully beating its goal of $1,000 and raised $1,175!! As a whole, the entire relay surpassed it’s $130,000 goal and raised over $203,000.00!
The event is ran by the American Cancer Society, and the proceeds go to cancer research as well as helping those in need who cannot afford treatments. The USAHS team had a great turnout. It originally had 17 people registered but over 30 people showed up to come help out and participate at some point in the 24-hour event. The team booth offered corn hole, which provided lots of fun for other families attending the event.
At night, there was a Luminaria ceremony where participants who decorated white paper bags during the day to represent lost loved ones were lined around the track and lit up. It was beautiful and sentimental. Overall it was a great fundraiser, and students were able to spread awareness about the OT and PT professions.
Student Volunteers in San Marcos
On Saturday, June 22, DPT student Kayla Wilcox along with 6th term Green class and other students from the CASM campus, volunteered at San Diego Moving Day hosted by the Parkinson’s Foundation. The event included a 1, 1.5 and 3 mile walk, movement demonstrations and lots of fun and educational tents. This year’s Moving Day in San Diego raised over $35,000 for Parkinson’s Disease.
Kayla and USAHS-San Marcos alumni (2018 graduate), Vincent Hui, PT, DPT, also volunteered with RACEGUARDS as in-race medical support this past weekend at the Road Runner Sports San Diego Craft Classic Half Marathon.