Practice symposium highlights student research

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What is the role of psychosocial factors on recovery from physical injuries? What is the impact of cultural competency on client-centered care? What are ways to promote function for injured farmers and ranchers? How can we develop client–centered occupational therapy for chronically ill and temporarily bed-ridden patients?

These are some topics students from Pacific University’s School of Occupational Therapy have focused on for their community practice projects and case studies, which will be presented during the 17th annual Practice and Research Symposium on May 3.

The afternoon session of the event highlight the student research case studies and practice projects, while the earlier session focuses on the origin and development of Community Care Organizations, their relationship to healthcare reform and the integration of occupational therapy services with Oregon’s Community Care Organization.

The event presenters are Legacy Health Director of Care Transformation and Chief Operating Officer for Health Share of Oregon Jon Hersen and manager of the Pacific’s Healthcare Compliance Certificate program Aurae Biedler.

Both individuals are experts in the Coordinated Care Organizations which are new to Oregon.

“Attendees can expect current information about hot topics in occupational therapy practice,” said Nancy Krusen, associate professor for Pacific’s School of Occupational Therapy.

Krusen, who’s coordinating the symposium this year said, “Community occupational therapy practitioners will learn about current changes in practice and, most important, connect with colleagues. The day of networking fosters ongoing communication.”

The early session also includes a silent auction, which raises money for the Student Occupational Therapy Association to support student travel and attendance at professional meetings such as the National American Occupational therapy Association Conference.

The event is open to occupational therapy students and practitioners. The fee is $60 for six hours of continuing education credit, and $20 for practitioners who’ve provided clinical education experiences to Pacific OT students within the last two years.

Students from programs outside of OT may attend for $20.

The symposium will begin at 8 a.m. at the Tuality Heath Education Center in Hillsboro, 334 SE 8th Avenue.

The afternoon session takes place down the road at Pacific’s Health Professions Campus at 1 p.m. and concludes at 5 p.m.

If there are any questions, please contact Kelly Hering at or 503-352-7345.


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