By Elizabeth Simpson

Center Director Julie Keysor Presents at New England College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine

December 2nd, 2015 in News Feed

Look for ENACT Director Julie Keysor, PhD, PT at the New England College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine Annual Meeting on December 3-4th, 2015 in Newton, MA.

Dr. Keysor will participate in the December 3rd panel Early Workplace and Psychosocial Risk Factors for Prolonged Work Disability for Patients with Low Back Pain- Can I Identify and Solve them in my Clinical Practice?“. Fellow panelists include Michael Erdil, MD, FACOEM, OEHN UCHC and William Shaw, PhD from Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety; Donald R. Murphy, DC from RI Spine Center; and Jon Torres, MD from St Mary’s Occupational Health Clinic. Glenn Pransky, MD, MOccH, FACOEM, from Liberty Mutual will moderate the panel.

ENACT Researchers to Present at This Weekend’s American Physical Therapy Association-Massachusetts Chapter Annual Meeting

November 13th, 2015 in Uncategorized

ENACT Director Julie Keysor, PhD, PT, researcher Jessica Maxwell, PhD, DPT, OCS, and doctoral fellow Aileen Ledingham, MS, PT, will present at the American Physical Therapy Association of Massachusetts 2015 Fall Conference and Exposition in Norwood, MA on this Saturday, November 14th 2015.

ENACT’s 3-part symposia “Active living with Arthritis: Innovation of ENACT” is scheduled for 1:30 – 3:00 pm and will cover ENACT’s contribution and unique approach to the growing field of rheumatological rehabilitation.  We hope to see you there.

Presentation slides will be available on ENACT’s Presentation page following the conference.

ENACT Presents at Annual American College of Rheumatology/Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals (ACR/ARHP) Meeting

November 11th, 2015 in News Feed

We hope you enjoyed an information-packed meeting in San Francisco!

ENACT Director Julie Keysor participated in two invited sessions at this year’s American College of Rheumatology/Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals (ACR/ARHP) Meeting.

On Monday, November 9th, Dr. Keysor presented the session “Return to work and Work Entry: What we know from research and practice” as part of the 3-part symposia “Getting Patients Back to Work: Resources for Clinicians”.

On Wednesday, November 11th, Dr. Keysor and leaders of the Osteoarthritis Action Alliance (OAAA) presented a symposia on the important work of this professional coalition, focused on bringing osteoarthritis forward as a national health priority.  Her presentation was titled “OAAA Resources and Efforts to Impact OA Awareness, Education and Management”.

Keep an eye on ENACT’s Presentations page for full presentations slides, coming soon.

ENACT Alumna Rawan AlHeresh, PhD, MS, OT, Joins Boston University’s Health and Disability Research Institute

October 6th, 2015 in News Feed

Congratulations to former ENACT fellow Rawan AlHeresh, PhD, MS, OT, who has accepted a post-doctoral position with Boston University’s Health and Disability Research Institute (HDRI).

Located within BU’s School of Public Health, HDRI conducts collaborative, interdisciplinary research in the field of disability and rehabilitation research.  As a leader in advancing the science of measurement, this group is a great fit for Dr. AlHeresh’s interests.  We look forward to observing her accomplishments over the coming years!

ENACT To Be Part of Boston University’s Free Virtual Conference HEALTH MATTERS on September 17th, 2015

September 11th, 2015 in Events, News Feed

Boston University’s Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences will hold Health Matters – a Virtual Conference on September 17th, 2015 from 9 am – 5 pm EST.  The conference focuses on innovative research and clinical approaches in health and rehabilitation. Registration is required, but the event is free.

Speakers represent Sargent College faculty’s range of health and rehabilitation professions, with an agenda that covers topics like communication neuroscience, human movement, traumatic brain injury, intensive language intervention, child development, and more.  A feature of the work and experience of ENACT’s doctoral fellows in the rehabilitation sciences doctoral program is scheduled for the 4:00 pm hour, just preceding ENACT collaborator Dr. Alan Jette‘s closing statement. See the full agenda here

To learn more about the conference or to register, click here

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The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Celebrates its 25-Year Anniversary

July 26th, 2015 in News Feed

Today marks the 25 anniversary of the day that President George H.W. Bush signed into law the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  This landmark legislation guaranteed protection for people living with disabilities against discrimination in areas such as employment, public services, telecommunications, and transportation as well as provisions requiring reasonable accommodation in public and private settings.  

The law is largely considered a civil rights victory for disabled Americans, enabling individuals with disabilities to assert his or her right to fully participate in and contribute to their communities.  Learn more about how the ADA has affected the lives of Americans living with disabilities by exploring the ADA Legacy Project. Explore ENACT’s arthritis-related resources to learn more about arthritis-related disability and work retention strategies.

What’s changed in the last 25-years?  Read a full overview of the law

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Congratulations to ENACT fellow Rawan AlHeresh, PhD, OT

July 23rd, 2015 in Uncategorized

ENACT is proud to announce that doctoral fellow Rawan AlHeresh, PhD, OT has successfully defended her dissertation and completed her course of study with the Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Science Doctor of Rehabilitation Science Program at Boston University.

Rawan first matriculated into ENACT’s training program in July 2011.  As our first doctoral fellow, it has been gratifying to watch her progress through the program and emerge as a competent scholar.  We look forward to her upcoming contributions to the field of rheumatological rehabilitation.

Congratulations Dr. Rawan AlHeresh!

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Full Presentation Slides from APTA-CSM Symposia Now Available

March 19th, 2015 in Events, News Feed

View Dr. Keysor’s presentation “Epidemiology and Clinical Management“, now available in ENACT’s online Continuing Education resource area.

The presentation was given as part of Optimal Arthritis Management: Bridging Clinic to the Community, a 3-part symposia at February’s American Physical Therapy Association-Combined Sections Meeting in Indianapolis, IN.  The symposia was well-attended and feedback was enthusiastic.  Fellow presenters included Mary Altpeter, MSW, PhD from the University of North Carolina’s Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention and Lori Schrodt, PT, PhD from Western Carolina University

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OA Action Alliance releases Physical Activity Implementation Guide

March 12th, 2015 in Events, News Feed

The Osteoarthritis Action Alliance (OAAA) has recently released a new Implementation Guide to help agencies and organizations implement environmental and policy strategies for increasing physical activity among adults with arthritis.

Dr. Julie Keysor, ENACT Director and Chair of the OAAA Physical Activity Workgroup, supports the group’s initiative to take this important next step: nationwide involvement to help people with osteoarthritis be more active and healthy.

Please help by spreading the news and ensuring that this guide gets into the right hands and reaches as many people as possible!  Share the guide with your friends or colleagues.  You can get started by sharing the Facebook and Twitter posts below!

Find the full guide here

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Doctoral Fellow Rawan AlHeresh to be published in IJRR

January 14th, 2015 in Uncategorized

ENACT doctoral fellow Rawan AlHeresh, MS OTR, will be published in the International Journal of Rehabilitation Research.  Keep an eye out for her article, “The Work Activity and Participation Outcomes Framework: A New Look at Work Disability Outcomes through the Lens of the ICF”, later in 2015.

Please join us in congratulating Rawan on her achievement!

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