The Program in Occupational Therapy collaborates on initiatives that provide health education, evidence-based and self-management programs, and program management and support to promote wellness to individuals and organizations.
St. Louis Regional Arthritis Center (RAC)
The St. Louis Regional Arthritis Center (RAC) is managed by the School of Medicine and led by Clinical Specialist Duana Russell-Thomas, OTD, OTR/L. It is designed to disseminate evidence-based programs that support chronic disease management and prevention throughout the Eastern Region of Missouri. It is one of seven regional centers designed to offer arthritis-friendly physical activity and self-management programs. The programs aim to provide optimal quality of life for people living with long-term conditions.
Services provided through the RAC include: exercise programs designed specifically for people with arthritis; self-management classes that include topics such as nutrition, health-care provider communication and action plans; and free community education through health fairs, displays or organizations.
Current, future and accepted applicants are encouraged to visit. We also welcome people who are exploring career options and considering occupational therapy. Dr. Kathy Kniepmann, one of our faculty members, opens our visit sessions with an informal presentation and discussion, followed by a tour that’s led by one of our current occupational therapy students.
Upcoming visit sessions*:
Saturday, August 10 at 1:00 p.m. CST
Monday, August 12 at 10:00 a.m. CST
*At least two to three visit sessions are scheduled every month. All times are Central Standard Time (CST). Click here for more info.