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Parkinson’s Foundation recognizes nurses and physiotherapists – Parkinson’s News Today

The Parkinson Foundation has announced the six winners of this year’s Nursing Faculty Award and Physical Therapy Faculty Award.

Each winner receives up to $10,000 to support projects that could improve the lives of people with Parkinson’s disease.

All four physical therapists are graduates of the foundation’s physical therapy faculty program and the two nurses are graduates of its accredited Edmond J. Safra Visiting Nurse Faculty program, both designed to provide additional training and support for educators in the faculty with best practices and the most up-to-date information. on Parkinson’s disease.

“Recognizing how essential nurses and physiotherapists are to caring for 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’s Foundation, in a press release. “These awards support outstanding professionals in the development of projects that improve Parkinson’s disease care.

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Anne Marie Dupre, is one of the recipients of the physiotherapy award. A doctor of physical therapy and assistant director of clinical training at the University of Rhode Island, her project includes weekly group exercise sessions on Parkinson’s disease, which will be taught by supervised physical therapy students. The goal is to assess student learning about Parkinson’s disease and potential improvements for patients.

A clinical associate professor in the University of South Carolina’s physical therapy program, Alicia Flach, will use her award to expand an ongoing program – Parkinson’s Disease.Resources.Education.Vitality.+ (PD REV+) – to improve the South Carolina’s Parkinson’s community access to exercise opportunities.

“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,” Flach said. “The program will now be able to engage and better equip physiotherapy students and exercise professionals to work with people with Parkinson’s disease.”

Winner Jennifer Hale, Associate Clinical Professor at Tufts University School of Medicine in Massachusetts, will advance research toward understanding the interplay between physical activity and Parkinson’s disease in women. To do this, the researchers will analyze data from the Women’s Health Study (WHS), a large international study of health outcomes in women.

Jennifer Penn, PhD, and Patti Berg-Poppe, PhD, will use their award to gather information and develop tools to promote exercise at home in a way that is safe and doable and that can complement physiotherapy intervention. Penn is an assistant professor at the University of the Incarnate Word, Texas, and Berg-Poppe is a professor and chair of the department of physical therapy at the University of South Dakota.

The two nurses honored this year are Diane Ellis and Carey Heck, PhD.

Ellis, a researcher at Villanova University, will use her award to further her research and conduct a study at major academic health facilities to improve timely medication intake in patients with Parkinson’s disease. Previous studies have shown that people hospitalized with Parkinson’s disease often do not receive their medications on time or as prescribed.

Heck’s project will help train student nurse practitioners to discuss with patients the challenges associated with diagnosing Parkinson’s disease. The first in a three-part series, students will take part in simulated experiments under the supervision of faculty. Heck is the director of the acute care adult gerontology program at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Applications for the 2022 Faculty of Physiotherapy Program are open until March 21. The program will take place at Boston University, Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, and Oregon Health & Science University. Interested persons should submit a brief statement of intent, a curriculum vitae and a letter of recommendation including contact information.