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D.P.T. Class of 2018 Shares the Impact of their Community Service Projects

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The Doctor of Physical Therapy (D.P.T.) Class of 2018 in the School of Health Sciences and Practice shared the fruits of their community service projects with the NYMC community on December 1 in Nevins Auditorium. The community service projects, conducted over three semesters, help students develop the skills to plan, execute and assess an activity that addresses a local or underserved community need. For the first time this year, the projects were presented in an oral platform, rather than a poster presentation. Members of the D.P.T. Class of 2019 were in attendance to learn about the projects that they will ultimately pursue, providing continuity of the projects and building on their successes as well as lessons learned. Community service projects are carried out in three areas: the Race for Rehab, Global Outreach and Health and Wellness. View the D.P.T. Community Service Project Presentations photo gallery here.

D.P.T. Class of 2018 Community Service Projects

18th Annual Race for Rehab for Achilles International (photo above)

Nicole Abbate, Rebecca Bierman, Brynn Condy, Dana D’Amato, Tyler Fallon, Michael Hannett, Alexandra Kahn, Meagan Lesniak, Michael Mattelson, Urszula Nieznalska, Lilly Park, Michael Rydwin, Luke Traub and Lauren Villalva

Faculty Advisors: Janet Dolot, P.T., D.P.T., Dr.P.H. ’14, assistant professor of clinical physical therapy, and Anthony M. Sozzo, M.S.Ed., M.A., associate dean for student affairs and director of student financial planning and student activities

Highlights: Students coordinated and hosted the 18th Annual Race for Rehab, a 5K race to benefit Achilles International, a not-for-profit organization which provides a community of support to athletes with disabilities and enables people with all abilities to participate in mainstream running events to promote personal achievement. In addition to raising awareness about Achilles, they raised nearly $7,000 for the organization. Nearly 200 participants came out for race day including 30 Achilles athletes and four hand crank team members from Burke Rehabilitation Hospital. The students also participated in Achilles training sessions in Central Park.

Global Initiatives

Mithun Abraham, Jean Paul Aracena, Steven Brissette, Robert Camacho, Brittanie Condon, Kathleen Genetelli, Andrew Giannetti, Victoria Kowalski, Dhavalkumar Pandya, Dorian Shann, Paul Spano, Andrew Trozzo, Erica Wharton and Aisha Wood

Faculty Advisors: Catherine L. Curtis, P.T., M.A., Ed.M., Ed.D., assistant professor of physical therapy, and Gale Lavinder, P.T. Ed.D., assistant professor of physical therapy

Highlights: The Global Initiatives group partnered with the AFYA foundation, a non-profit organization, in Yonkers, N.Y., dedicated to providing medical supplies, consumables, equipment and community outreach to clinics throughout the world. The students collected, prepared, packaged and helped ship assistive devices such as wheelchairs, crutches, walkers and canes, and hurricane relief supplies for Haiti including toiletries, tools, cleaning supplies and school supplies. In total, they helped prepare five pallets, for shipping – each pallet holding up to three tons of goods. They also developed informational brochures on the prevention of pressure ulcers and assistive device management and use, which will be translated into several languages for use in Haiti and other countries. As an offspring of the Global Initiatives community service project, a group of D.P.T. students will be traveling to Haiti for a week in the spring of 2017 to provide rehabilitation services under the supervision of practicing physical therapists, in various clinics and orphanages under the direction of Dr. Gale Lavinder. 

Increasing Public Awareness of the Role of Physical Therapists through Community Sponsored Events and Social Media Platform

Emily Cohen, Anne Dunleavy, Nicholas Kozlowsky, Victoria Lane, Stuti Punshi, Melia Rosen, Daniella Squillante, Priyanka Tanavde, Alex Theodores, Kerriann Vita and Joshua Welch

Faculty Advisor: Kristina M. Welsome, M.S.P.T., D.P.T., assistant professor of clinical physical therapy 

Highlights: The health and wellness project aimed to increase the awareness of the role of physical therapy in health care. The group provided preventative screenings of heart rate, blood pressure, body mass index, posture and range of motion and demonstrated the benefit of a dynamic warm up prior to exercise. They participated at the American Heart Association Westchester County Heart Walk and the Race for Rehab. During the month of October, National Physical Therapy Month, the group provided education to the NYMC community on the opioid epidemic and the role physical therapy as an alternative therapy to pain medication.