Rams Know H.O.W Mobile Clinic
Two WSSU Doctor of Physical Therapy students have been named Albert Schweitzer Fellows and are directing a program to provide developmental screening and healthy lifestyle information to children from families with minimal access to care, little financial resources and diverse ethnic backgrounds under the age of 18 and their families. The RAMS Mobile Unit will be parked at strategic areas within East Winston, at community events, or at after school programs. Children participate in a screening to assess their gross motor skills, health and wellness , dietary status and vision. Within each of these broad areas specific screenings have been identified for children 0-18 months- old, 18-months-6-years-old and 6-years through 18-years-old. A clinical decision tree then guides the provision of care after the screening. For example, if a child is found to have deficits in gross motor development, a referral will be made to a pre-determined local agency. Conversely, if a child is found to have age-appropriate gross motor development the caregiver will be provided with educational materials about the next set of skills that the child should develop.
The goals of this project include early identification of developmental delay and education about healthy lifestyles and choices as well as furthering the community's understanding of the role of the physical therapist within a health care team.
Because much of the equipment in the lab is mobile, the Rams Know H.O.W. Pediatric Mobile Clinic can use the technology available in the lab during its outings. The fellows, as well as other physical therapy students, are mentored by Dr. Dora Gosselin, PT, PCS, C/NDT.
Community Care Clinic
The Winston-Salem State Physical Therapy Community Clinic provides clinical services for the surrounding underserved community. This clinic allows physical therapy students at WSSU to gain first hand experience working with patient populations. Faculty are also able to practice and maintain their clinical skills.
Patients are routinely referred to the Human Performance and Biodynamics Laboratory for clinical balance and proprioceptive testing and clinical gait analysis.