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MS2 Students Present Their Older Adult and Grantwriting Projects

Last week, the MS2 class presented posters about their projects for their Older Adult and Grantwriting classes, run by Professor Phyllis Simon and Dr. Lenin Grajo.  The students used the needs of their Level 1 Older Adult fieldwork sites to generate grant proposals and suggested funding agencies that might accept the proposals.  The students also ran programs at their older adult fieldwork sites, which included senior centers, day programs, NORCs, and home visits.   They met with their sites in the fall to do a needs analysis, and then returned once a week for ten weeks for their fieldwork this spring.

Students were divided into groups, and each group presented for an hour to their classmates, the MS1 class, OT and PT faculty, OT program staff, and staff and participants from their fieldwork sites.  One of the fieldwork site staff members who attended said that having the students, “was a wonderful learning experience for everyone.  The students, our staff, and the participants.”

Many of the students ran programs around falls risk and assessment, home safety, and activity participation.

Melissa Aponte and Ivy Vega ran a bilingual group about nutrition and healthy eating at a local senior center.  Several of their participants had low literacy, so they created a visual nutritional assessment appropriate for their population.

Margo Stoner and Michelle Hogan teamed up with the Center for Hearing and Communication to bring a hearing screening van to their fieldwork site, a local NORC.  Forty residents received hearing screenings, and Margo and Michelle followed up with those who had hearing loss.

Other groups focused on life reviews, stress, participating in meaningful activities in daily life, and technology.  One group helped facilitate a member run talent show, which helped increase participation in other groups, and showcased a wide variety of talents among the seniors at their site.  At least one group started by the students is being continued as a member run group.  Overall, the students did an outstanding job.

Columbia OT Students Bring Crafts and Cheer to Children’s Hospital

The MS2 class, led by Mari Arnaud and Daniela Gordillo, was interested in expanding the reach of their volunteer efforts, so they reached out to the Children’s Hospital of New York (CHONY) to see if they could do something to do serve the children there.


Several members of the class took a study break to help assemble play dough snowman kits for the children, which were distributed to children who were unable to leave their floor.

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Twelve students, Sarah Bunevich, Danielle Alonzi, Anna Peery, Jeanette Duong, Melissa Aponte, Diana Le, Amanda Bezerra, Sara Berke, Amy Ransohoff, Elizabeth May, Ivy Vega, and Daniela Gordillo, went to CHONY to do arts and crafts with the children who were able to attend.  While most of the 200 children at CHONY are too immunosuppressed to interact with visitors, 50 children were able to participate in the project.


The students said their time at CHONY was very inspiring and a wonderful opportunity to take a break and do something hands-on with kids.  The children also benefited from being able to take a break from examinations and testing in the hospital.  The students are planning another visit for the spring and hope that this is the beginning of a relationship between CUOT and CHONY that will continue.

Columbia OT Students Give Back to the Community

Columbia OT students spend a lot of time giving back to the community around them, both in class and in their free time.

Our program has a long standing partnership with the Columbia-Harlem Homeless Medical Partnership (CHHMP), where students provide occupational therapy services under the direction of faculty and licensed occupational therapists.  The program also allows students to work interprofessionally with medical, dental, and psychiatry students.

Students also connect with the community through their classwork.  Recently in Introduction to Grant Writing, the second year students worked in groups to discuss evidence for the different roles of OT in community programming.



As part of their Geriatrics course, groups of students gave presentations about falls prevention at several local senior centers for Falls Prevention Month.   They shared resources about falls prevention and performed falls screenings.

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