PREPaRE: Preparing Related Services Personnel for Rural Employment

Grants and Contracts Details


Preparing RElated Services Personnel for Rural Employment (PREPaRE) will help alleviate the regional shortage of appropriately, highly qualified personnel in occupational therapy (OT), physical therapy (PT), and speech-language pathology (SLP) who can work collaboratively in early intervention and schools in high-poverty, rural areas, especially Appalachia. The Department of Occupational Therapy at Eastern Kentucky University and The Divisions of Communication Sciences and Disorders and Physical Therapy in the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Kentucky are unique in that they have a history of interdisciplinary, interdepartmental, inter-institutional programs which have used distance technology to educate therapists in rural areas. A research-based, graduate entry-level curriculum consisting of specially designed enhanced, interdisciplinary course work, and fieldwork/clinical experiences will be provided for OT, PT, and SLP scholars to serve infants, toddlers, and children with disabilities in early intervention and schools in rural areas. All team members must be educated to provide coordinated, research based services otherwise there will continue to be a disparity between the most appropriate services and the services actually provided. Scholars will be evaluated on achievement of a core set of competencies that will ensure that as graduates they become competent, autonomous, and integrated service providers in early intervention and schools. Mentorship, support, and continued learning opportunities will be provided for graduates as they assume positions in early intervention and schools in rural areas where there is minimal supervision.
Effective start/end date8/15/138/14/18


  • Eastern Kentucky University: $97,196.00


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