What We are Doing
This spring, 19 Doctor of Physical Therapy students from Emory University will travel to rural Jamaica to provide physical therapy services to people who have experienced stroke and other neurological-related conditions from the St. Elizabeth Parish community. Partnering with a local clinic, Friends of the Redeemer United (ForU), physical therapy students—along with neurological residents and Emory faculty—will provide survivors of stroke and other neurological conditions the opportunity to improve their physical function and overall quality of life at a week-long stroke camp. Therapy and rehabilitation services will be tailored to meet the needs of each participant and may include gait and balance training, strengthening, activity modification, home assessments, community reintegration, as well as patient and family education.
Why It Matters
Neurological conditions such as stroke, spinal cord injury, cerebral palsy, and multiple sclerosis have a significant impact on chronic disability and quality of life. Physical therapy services work within these populations to mitigate the long-term and debilitating effects that neurological conditions can have on individuals and their families. The geographic area we aim to serve, St. Elizabeth Parish, is more than two-hours from the nearest rehabilitation hospital by car, making critical physical therapy services inaccessible for many who need them. Our partner clinic, ForU, helps meet this need by offering low cost rehabilitation services to members of St. Elizabeth Parish.
You can help improve the quality of life for those living with neurological conditions by supporting our annual service-learning trip where we fulfill ForU clinic’s mission to provide vital health services to this underserved community.
How Your Support Helps
Your monetary support is crucial to helping our team implement the week-long intensive neuro-clinic for the underserved population of St. Elizabeth Parish. In addition to providing travel support for students, your donation could purchase critical medical equipment such as wheelchairs, walkers, braces, and home modification equipment. When paired with physical therapy services, this equipment can make a lasting impact on the people we serve, as well as on their families, and their community.
Thank you for taking the time to consider making a gift to help us run The Rural Jamaica Neuro Clinic.