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Parkinson’s Foundation awards $60,000 to faculty of nursing and physical therapy working to improve care for Parkinson’s disease

NEW YORK and MIAMI, February 22, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The Parkinson’s Foundation has announced $60,000 in grants for Faculty of Physiotherapy Award and Faculty of Nursing Award. The 2022 winners, all graduates of The Edmond J. Safra Visiting Nursing Faculty Program or the Faculty of Physiotherapy Programwill receive up to $10,000 each of the Foundation to launch individual projects that aim to improve the lives of people with Parkinson’s disease (PD).

The number of people living with Parkinson’s disease in the United States is expected to reach 1.2 million by 2030. To meet this challenge, the Parkinson Foundation provides professional education to prepare the next generation of nurses and physical therapists to take care of the growing population. people with PD. This includes the Foundation Physical Therapy Faculty program and the Edmond J. Safra Visiting Nursing Faculty program – both designed with a curriculum that provides training for faculty leaders on how to educate their students. equipping them with best practices and the latest information on PD.

“Recognizing how essential nurses and physiotherapists are to the care of people with Parkinson’s disease, the Parkinson’s Foundation has been diligent in strengthening the healthcare teams that care for the Parkinson’s disease community. Parkinson’s,” said John L. Lehr, President and CEO of the Parkinson Foundation. “These awards support outstanding professionals in the development of projects that improve Parkinson’s care.”

The four winners of the 2022 Faculty of Physical Therapy Award include:

Anne-Marie DuprePT, DPT, NCS: Dupre’s project will provide weekly Parkinson’s Exercise Groups (PEGs) organized and facilitated by Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) students under faculty supervision. In addition to measuring the overall experience, the project will measure the learning experience of students and potential changes in the function of participants. Dupre is an Associate Clinical Professor and Associate Director of Clinical Education at University of Rhode Island.

Alicia FlachTPD, NCS: Flach’s project further expands an existing program – Parkinson’s Disease.Resources.Education.Vitality.+ (PD REV+) – building on the education and exercise support provided to improve community access to PD of South Carolina to exercise opportunities. Flach is an associate clinical professor at University of South CarolinaPhysiotherapy program.

Jennifer HalePT, DPT, NCS: Hale’s project will contribute to research efforts and knowledge of the bidirectional associations of physical activity and PD in women by examining data from the Women’s Health Study (WHS), one of the largest cohorts in the world. which studies health outcomes in women. Hale is an associate clinical professor at Tufts University School of Medicinedoctoral program in physiotherapy.

Jennifer PennPT, DPT, NCS and Patti Berg Poppedoctorate: This project will gather and synthesize information to develop materials that promote the safe and feasible implementation of an effective home exercise program that results in optimal performance of physiotherapy intervention. Penn is an assistant professor at the University of the Incarnate Wordand Berg-Poppe is Professor and Chair of the Department of Physical Therapy at University of South Dakota.

The two recipients of the 2022 Faculty of Nursing Awards include:

Diane EllisMSN, RN, CCRN: Ellis’ research will expand on his previous work on medication safety in PD during transitions. Previous research indicates that people hospitalized with PD often do not receive their medications on time or as prescribed, with 61% of those with poor outcomes. In order to improve the quality and safety of this population, a study on the omission of urgent drugs will be carried out in large academic health establishments. Ellis is a research fellow at Villanova University.

carey devil, Doctorate: Heck’s project is the first in a three-part series consisting of a learning module and a simulation to train student nurse practitioners (NPs) to discuss difficult news in PD. Diagnosis and prognosis discussions are often new skills for nurses transitioning to a NP role, and current programs offer little formal training. This project will provide learners with a strong simulated experience with faculty supervision. Heck is the director of the acute care gerontology program for adults at Thomas Jefferson University.

“This funding allows us to expand our impact and strengthen the sustainability of the established PD.REV+ program that provides education and exercise opportunities to the PD community in South Carolina,” said Alicia Flach, recipient of the Parkinson Foundation Faculty of Physical Therapy Award. “The program will now be able to engage and better equip physiotherapy students and exercise professionals to work with people with Parkinson’s disease.”

Applications for the Faculty of Physiotherapy Program 2022 are being accepted now through March 21st. The program will be hosted at three locations, including Boston University, University of Washington in Saint Louisand Oregon Health and Science University. In addition to the Physical Therapy Faculty Program and the Edmond J. Safra Visiting Nursing Faculty Program, the Foundation strives to make a difference for healthcare professionals by providing Parkinson Foundation Team Training and other resources such as online courses, publications, webinars and fact sheets.

For more information about training in best practices in care and opportunities for Parkinson Foundation faculty awards, please visit

About the Parkinson Foundation
The Parkinson Foundation improves the lives of people with Parkinson’s disease by improving care and advancing the search for a cure. In everything we do, we draw on the energy, experience and passion of our global Parkinson’s community. Since 1957, the Parkinson Foundation has invested over $400 million in research and clinical care of Parkinson’s disease. Join us on, Facebook, TwitterInstagram or call (800) 4PD-INFO (473-4636).

About Parkinson’s disease
Affecting approximately one million Americans and 10 million worldwide, Parkinson’s disease is the second most common neurodegenerative disease after Alzheimer’s disease and the 14th leading cause of death in United States. It is associated with progressive loss of motor control (eg, jerking or shaking at rest and lack of facial expression), as well as nonmotor symptoms (eg, depression and anxiety). Parkinson’s disease is incurable and 60,000 new cases are diagnosed each year in United States alone.

Marissa Cruz
Parkinson Foundation
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