Team training

A team of occupational and physical therapy students in the UIC College of Applied Health Sciences made new connections in Chicago’s Chinese American community recently.

The students conducted a training program for about 300 home health care aides at the Chinese American Service League. They taught the aides body mechanics and safe functional transfer techniques to use in caring for elderly patients.

Faculty members Jenica Lee, occupational therapy, and Tanvi Bhatt, physical therapy, organized the group of nine PT and 10 OT students who conducted the training.

“It was a great collaboration and wonderful opportunity for both OT and PT students to apply their skills outside of the classroom, as well as to engage with the Chinese community,” says Lee. “And we’ve already been invited to do it again next year.”