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MiOTA Member Spotlight:
CHRISTINE CLAYTON, OTR/L, MSA, NHA


Christine Clayton is the Director of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation services at Mary Free Bed at Covenant HealthCare. Outside work, Christine loves to read, and bike. She enjoys spending time with family, going on vacations and camping.
 
Here is her inspiring story in her own words:
 
I graduated with a degree in Occupational Therapy (OT) from Eastern Michigan University in 1985. My Level II clinicals took me out of state to Harmarville, PA and Sykesville, MD where I got to experience inpatient rehabilitation & mental health OT. I returned to home to become the first full time Occupational Therapist for St Luke’s Hospital in Saginaw, MI.
 
As I began treating and teaching patients and collaborating with an interdisciplinary team, I realized my passion and mission was to influence on a much bigger scale. So, I pursued a Master of Science Degree in Administration from Central Michigan University which supported my Leadership Career at Covenant HealthCare.  I have organized, developed, and led operations in the continuum of healthcare including Acute care, Inpatient Rehabilitation, Skilled Care, Outpatient Therapy and Autism Diagnostic and Treatment Services. I also, serve as the Liaison for Long Term Acute Care.  I led management and therapist teams across this continuum to be highly engaged and focused on patient experience, outcomes driven and fiscally responsible to keep OT and Rehabilitation Services viable and thriving for the benefit of the clients we serve. 
 
My career has afforded me the opportunity to navigate not only the development of the continuum of care but also the growth and advancement of services.  I successfully operationalized mergers, joint ventures, opened and closed a Covid Relief Facility with continued focus to provide for the needs of those in our community.  

I have been a member of MiOTA since 1985, recognizing the importance of my voice and that supporting OT starts with my participation in our professional organization.  I served as Director at Large (2001– 2004) and Chair of Membership (1997).  I believe we have the responsibility to advocate for our profession and the patients we serve.  Being a member not only supported my personal growth development but the development of OT services in our communities.  Our future in our hands and the hands of the next generation.  We must encourage and engage by networking, collaborating, and voicing our concerns/ideas to improve reimbursement and access to our services.  I have experienced, witnessed, and participated in much change over the last 35 years.  I continue to look forward to a bright future of many possibilities.
 
If you would like to be highlighted or would like to nominate a MiOTA member, please email us at website@miota.org or to Ray Roche at renukaroche@gmail.com
 


MiOTA's Statement on Inclusion, Diversity, and Occupational Justice

Amidst the suffering that the state of Michigan has experienced due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we now join the nation in grieving the deaths of Amaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd. Most recently, the murder of George Floyd by four police officers in Minneapolis has revealed the virus of racism that has been present through our society largely unseen and unaddressed for decades. The murders of Ms. Taylor, Mr. Arbery, and Mr. Floyd have unleashed a massive protest movement across the country. These protests are the expression of years of pent-up frustration with racism and inequality.

As an association and members of a profession that espouses the ideals of inclusion, diversity, and occupational justice we cannot remain silent regarding the events of the past week. Our actions and inactions send a strong message about what we think and what we believe. The structural violence and systemic racism that has existed for years within our nation has once again been brought to light with the unnecessary killings of Mr. Arbery, Ms. Taylor, and  Mr. Floyd. In addition, over the past two and half months, in the State of Michigan and across the nation, we have been witness to the disparities and equities as African Americans die in greater numbers due to COVID-19.

We must openly denounce the attitudes and beliefs that result in yet another person of color being killed at the hands of those who are charged with serving and protecting. We must also work to address the medical and economic crisis that exists in marginalized communities of color. Our professional commitment to inclusion, diversity, and occupational justice requires that we not only have conversations about occupational justice but that we act to address the social conditions that restrict what people can do and what they can be. As occupational therapy professionals, we must be agents of healing for individual bodies, for our communities, for our state, and for our society.

MiOTA Updates


You are invited to learn about the value of MiOTA membership! In July 2021, MiOTA's Leader of the Executive Committee, Cathleen Johnson, OTD, OTRL, FMiOTA recorded the informative presentation: 

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MiOTA's Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

MiOTA is aware of the concerns many of you have regarding the impact of COVID-19 on your personal and professional life.  Since the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in Michigan, many questions and concerns have been submitted to our association. This is a difficult time for all of us and rest assured your professional association volunteer leadership in collaboration with our lobbyist, Bret Marr and the AOTA Regulatory Affairs committee have been collaborating to answer questions and provide resources.

We are actively working with AOTA and our state legislators to support our profession and, by extension, our clients during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Information is frequently changing so our volunteer team is doing our best to fully review all of it for accuracy before we share it with you. 

Additional COVID-19 resources are located for MiOTA members and non-members alike under the Advocacy Updates webpage.

General information on professional responses to COVID-19 can be found on AOTA’s website for members and non-members alike: https://www.aota.org/Practice/Health-Wellness/COVID19.aspx.

The American Congress for Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM) is offering a series of free educational webinar resources featuring "experts from the Tele-Medicine industry to provide clear and up-to-date information regarding telemedicine and remote monitoring in the field of physical medicine and rehabilitation during the COVID-19 crisis": https://acrm.org/resources/coronavirus-pandemic/acrm-pandemic-webinar-series/?fbclid=IwAR06yrGS5RSIAimR3zBakDXwpOFRsRJEpJnfrrIHyNHwmlp-ld2mRTFZAis

If you are currently practicing or transitioning to telehealth therapies, please make sure to verify telehealth benefits with each insurance providers.    

For additional information on telehealth, please log into your MiOTA account and visit the COVID-19 & Telehealth webpage.

 


AOTA’s Position on Vaccination of the Occupational Therapy Workforce 12/9/2020

It is the position of AOTA that occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants working as essential personnel in settings with the potential for COVID-19 exposure should be included in the first round of vaccinations. Furthermore, because the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s definition of health care personnel includes “unpaid persons,” students providing services during fieldwork should be included if their fieldwork is in settings with exposure risk.  

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued recommendations on December 1 as to who should receive Phase 1 COVID-19 vaccinations. The recommendations included health care personnel, defined as “paid and unpaid persons serving in health care settings who have the potential for direct or indirect exposure to patients or infectious materials.” The recommendations go on to state that if there are limitations to the number of vaccine doses available, “jurisdictions might consider first offering vaccination to residents and health care personnel in skilled nursing facilities because of high medical acuity and COVID-19–associated mortality among residents in these settings.”   

In its Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce: Ensuring Community and National Resilience in COVID-19 Response, the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) recognizes occupational therapists and assistants as essential critical infrastructure workers. Based on the ACIP recommendations, this position supports that occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants who work in settings with potential for exposure should be included in the first round of vaccinations.  At this time, the situation is fluid and continues to evolve. AOTA will update this article as we receive additional information.

 

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