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Kimberly Ganzevoort Photo MiOTA Member Spotlight:
Kimberly Ganzevoort, COTAL,
 CBIS, CCCE

Kim Ganzevoort works at Spectrum Health Inpatient Rehabilitation Center as an occupational therapy assistant/coordinator of clinical education and is a part-time instructor at Western Michigan University.
 
In 2008, she graduated from the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program at Grand Rapids Community College. She is currently working towards Bachelor’s degree in health sciences at Western Michigan University. She is also a certified brain injury specialist.
 
Outside work, she enjoys playing cards and board games with friends, spending time with her family and being part of her church’s praise and worship team. Kim shares her new (first) home with her husband and says, “We enjoy working on projects to spruce up our new house and are competitive in nearly all we do together”.
 
Kim loves being an OTA. When asked what inspired her to join the field, she replied, “Funny story! My mom has worked in rehab for over 20 years now and I would frequently go up to the facility for parties, outings, and to spend time with the residents. I would read to them and assist in-group activities. One day I asked the activities director what I needed to study in school to do this for a living. She told me OT! While her answer probably should have been recreation therapy, once I started school I fell in love and would not change it for a thing.”
 
She enjoys building connections with local colleges and universities, working to get their students in to Spectrum Health hospitals and rehab settings and getting OT field experts into University classrooms. Kim states, “I think I am most proud of an interdisciplinary educational experience that I co-developed with a Site Coordinator of Clinical Education from Spectrum Health and Grand Valley State University (GVSU) instructors. In one day, we had 100 students from GVSU’s PT and OT programs come to the Inpatient Rehab Center in small groups to work with actual patients while learning how to administer functional assessments.” While it was being planned for several years, this experience was streamlined and implemented last Fall with great success. She further says, “We had plans to complete it again this year prior to the pandemic, we are now looking for alternative ways to provide a similar experience”.
 
Kim presented at last year’s annual conference in Frankenmuth. Kim asserts as a MiOTA member, “I love not having to search for the latest updates in our field regarding the ever-changing legislation. MiOTA keeps me informed and up to date. I also appreciate the monthly continuing education opportunities.”
 
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: renukaroche@gmail.com
 

MiOTA's Statement on Inclusion and Diversity

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.


The MiOTA Conference Planning Committee is excited to announce that the 2020 conference will be virtual.

MiOTA is committed to offering continuing education opportunities to its members and given the state of the COVID situation and the amount of unrest in our communities it is vital we plan accordingly. The conference planning committee is busy planning for the change in format which still occur September 24-26, 2020. Sessions will occur “synchronous”. The sessions will be recorded for viewing “asynchronous” at a later time period.

Speakers will be contacted formally in the next few weeks. We have modified the exhibitor opportunities as well. 
 

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.

 

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