Earn 1.5 Contact hours
Moving Beyond Disease Management to Health Management & Preventive Care: How Do We Shift the Focus in OT and OTA Education?
Despite spending more on health care and health care education than any other developed nation, the United States has some of the poorest outcomes (Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, 2021). Policy makers and regulators are calling for faster reform of the health care system and education of practitioners (AHA, 2020). Key to this reform is movement away from a focus exclusively on episodic disease management to a focus on social risk factors that affect the health and wellness of individuals, groups, and populations. Participants at this session will learn about practical approaches to introducing inter- and intraprofessional classroom, fieldwork, and capstone strategies in OT and OTA education to meet this challenge.
Speaker: Tina DeAngelis, EdD, OTR/L
Preparing the Future of OT in Mental and Behavioral Health Across Practice Settings
Through an inclusive approach that promotes overall physical and mental health well-being, occupational therapy’s presence in mental and behavioral health conversations, preventions, and standards of care can benefit all practice settings. This presentation brings to light opportunities and ways occupational therapy can address mental and behavioral health in non-psychiatric settings. Dr. Gibbs addresses the unique role academicians play in preparing future practitioners, and methods to encourage holistic approaches in all practice areas.
Speaker: Varleisha D. Gibbs, PhD, OTD, OTR/L, ASDCS