In a Facebook Live event, experts in physical therapy and public health to discuss the impact COVID-19 has had on the United States, including how the pandemic interacts with existing geographic, economic, racial, and age-related health disparities. Speakers will explore the roles the physical therapy community can play in mitigating not only COVID-19, but health disparities in general. The presenters will take viewer questions at the end.
Intended Audience: Physical therapist assistants, physical therapists, and students of physical therapy
Access the Recording: via Facebook (recorded April 23, 2020)
Ericka N. Merriwether, PT, DPT, PhD, is assistant professor in the departments of physical therapy and medicine, and is the director of the Inclusive and Translational Research in Pain Laboratory (I-TRIP). Merriwether earned her bachelor’s in kinesiology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, her DPT from the Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences, and her PhD in movement science from Washington University in St. Louis. Her current research projects include the characterization of the anti-nociceptive functions of interleukin-5 and the role of adipose tissue inflammation in chronic widespread pain in adults with obesity. Merriwether has an additional line of research that examines relationships between chronic pain and racial discrimination in racially and ethnically diverse populations of adults with obesity.
Lisa VanHoose, PT, PhD, MPH, is associate professor and director of the doctor of physical therapy program at the University of Louisiana at Monroe. VanHoose focuses her clinical practice, research, and community engagement efforts on cancer survivorship, with an emphasis on minority and rural populations. She has been and continues to be a champion for diversity, equity, and inclusion within and beyond our profession. VanHoose was appointed to the Health Disparities and Research subcommittee of Louisiana's COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force.
Bernadette Williams York, PT, DSc, has been an educator in health professional programs for nearly 20 years. She currently serves as associate professor and program director of the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington. She has previously held faculty and administrative appointments at Alabama State University in Montgomery, Alabama; Howard University in Washington, DC; the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; and Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia. Williams-York received her Bachelor of Science degree from Tulane University in New Orleans, a Master of Science degree from the University of Alabama, Birmingham, and a Doctor of Science degree from Rocky Mountain University in Provo, Utah. Williams-York is a board-certified geriatric specialist and has been a licensed physical therapist for over 30 years. She is also a published author and has received federal funding for her research in health disparities, health care workforce diversity, health promotion, and aging.
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