DPT Student Grace Wang Presents Malawi Project at Conference!

Grace Wang, a third year Doctor of Physical Therapy student, completed her UCSF Pathways to Discovery in Global Health program with a presentation at the 2018 UCSF Inquiry Symposium. She presented her poster entitled Program Assessment of Rehabilitation Training for Home-Based Palliative Care Community Health Workers in Rural Malawi. She conducted a mixed methods program evaluation on a rehabilitation program with a focus on illuminating themes emerging from survey information and focus group discussions with 60 community health workers (CHW) who have training in rehabilitation. These volunteers help fill the gap created by limited health care providers in Malawi for people with chronic illnesses and disability. Her study revealed that transportation, distance and knowledge gaps are barriers for the CHW’s work; they network through meetings and SMS messaging; they are empowered by the affirmation from their communities as well as patient progress; and they have a broad scope of their work at the patient and community levels with a variety of patient conditions. Congratulations, Grace!

Picture Left to Right: Emily Gee, DPT3 (study data collector); Casey Nesbit, PT, DPT, DSc, PCS , Assistant Professor UCSF/SFSU Graduate Program in Physical Therapy and Pathways mentor; Grace Wang, DPT3 UCSF Pathways to Discovery in Global Health participant and study lead; Sally Rankin, RN, PhD, FNP, FAAN, UCSF School of Nursing and Pathways mentor; and, Jet Lee, PT, PhD Associate Professor UCSF/SFSU Graduate Program in Physical Therapy (study data collector)