Master’s in Occupational Therapy students, under the direction of Dr. Roxanna Bendixen, and master’s students in the Department of Epidemiology, under the direction of Dr. Cathy Striley, received a 2012 PH-HP Student collaboration grant. This grant focused on activities in Alachua County designed to gather meaningful data to inform clinicians and the public of the potential need for access to community-based rehabilitative services at a low or free cost for the underserved. As a component of this grant, we hosted an “Accessibility/Health Fair” at Porter’s Community Center on Saturday, October 13, 2012, where tons of OT-based activities were planned. The Accessibility/Health Fair featured activities for kids (handwriting, sensory table), home safety tips, fall risk assessments, health education on stroke, low vision, and other diagnoses, basic health screenings, child car-seat fittings, free adaptive equipment and training and more. OT clinicians from the community donated their time to meet and work with the participants. Food and prizes donated by the community were also available.
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