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  • November 20th, 2023 CHHS Diversity in Healthcare Workshop

  • 2023 MOT Research Day


    2023 MOT Research Day

    Wednesday, December 06, 2023 Group Presentations: 1:00 – 4:00pm 
    Welcome Address  
    Dr. Catherine Balthazar - Dean, College of Health and Human Services
    Department Introduction  
    Dr. Caren Schranz – Department Chair, Occupational Therapy
    Research Presentation Introductions  
    Dr. Erin Simpson & Dr. Frank Czuba – Research Co-Chairs, Occupational Therapy
    1:20 – 1:40
    Exploring New and Current Non-invasive Neurorehabilitation Intervention Approaches &
    Techniques Being Utilized in Stroke Recovery. Jenna Marion, Jaclyn Robbins, Gema Solis
    Research Advisor: Dr. Cynthia Carr
    1:50 – 2:10
    Exploring the Necessity for a Community-Based Driver Rehabilitation Program Within the
    Chicago Southland Area: The Physician's Perspective Jessica Jones, Abdul Murrar, Destiny Pointer
    Research Advisor: Dr. Luther King
    2:20 – 2:40
    Exploring Study Strategies for Success on the NBCOT Exam Jennifer Dolas, Amanda Johnson, Courtnie Tolar
    Research Advisor: Dr. Erin Simpson
     2:50 – 3:10
    Occupational Therapy Students' Perceptions of Managing Stress on Fieldwork through Occupational Engagement
    Julyssa Cabrales, Maiya McArthur, Rolanda Sturdivant
    Research Advisor: Dr. Rebecca Kvasnicka 
    Exploring the Role of Occupational Therapy in the Delivery of Trauma Informed Services toHospital-Based Clients
    Bridget Burke, Morgan Carr, Daria Lending Research Advisor: Dr. Frank Czuba
    3:20 – 3:40
    Closing Remarks
    Co-Chairs: Dr. Erin Simpson & Dr. Frank Czuba
     If unable to attend in person, please join us virtually

    Zoom Meeting Link:



  • November 2023 Diabetes Awareness Month And we are not going to Sugarcoat it!


     National Diabetes Awareness.2023 

     More than 1 in 3 adults in the United States have prediabetes —

     and many of them don’t know it.  

    Come out and join the CHHS Student Health Ambassadors on Thursday, November 16th from 11am-2pm in Building D as they share information on preventing Type 2 diabetes, raise awareness about diabetes as an important public health issue and encourage people to take charge of their health. You don't want to miss out on the wealth of information that you can share with your friends and family,!

    We will also have information on: 

    • How to become a GSU Student Health Ambassador. 
    •  CHHS’s new role as a part of The Illinois Precision Medicine Consortium (IPMC) All of Us Research Program. A national program that aims to enroll one million or more people from across the U.S. to advance medical research.
    • How students, faculty, and staff can become a part of The All of Us Research

    For further information contact:

    Tonya S. Roberson, PhD, MPH,DTR 
      University Lecturer | Community Health 
      Director | Community Engagement and Outreach 
      College of Health and Human Services 
     Governors State University 
     1 University Parkway
     University Park, IL 60484-0975



  • CDIS Graduate Open Houses





     Friday, December 8; 3:00-4:00pm Virtual

    Friday, January 19; 10:30-11:30am Virtual

     Zoom Link for Virtual Meetings: 


     Meeting ID: 880 0337 1458

    Passcode: 718976

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    Please contact Ms. Barelli at mbarelli@govst.edu  to rsvp or with questions 

  • It's here...Make Someone's Life Better-CHHS Magazine Fall 2023!

  • Southland Health and Wellness Hour Podcast

  • GSU Making a Difference in Thailand


     GSU.Making a Difference.

    Pictured above: 

    Dr. Shannon Dermer, Dean of COE
    Dr. Caren Schranz, Chair of Occupational Therapy and Interim Chair of ASBH
    Dr. Nancy Burley, Lecturer in Addiction Studies

     ICUDDR Conference 2023

    ICUDDR Global Conference 2023 ; Chaing Mai, Thailand
    Our Presentation:Making a Difference: Incorporating SBIRT Training in Mental and Allied Health Education


    Burapha University, Saen Suk, Thailand - met with the faculty, toured the Medical center, developed plan for partnership between GSU and Burapha University

  • APHA 2023 Abstract Status Notification


    Governors State University College of Health and Human Services would like to share this great news that our  Director of Community Engagement, Program Development and Academic Support , Adjunct Faculty Tonya S. Roberson, PhD, MPH,DTR , and her fellow partners listed in  'Community is at the Heart of Public Health; abstract submission was accepted for a poster presentation.   Please see the information  below pertaining to the improving stroke health abstract submitted to APHA.   



    CONGRATULATIONS from the American Public Health Association!


    Put the unity back in community.: A cross sector collaboration for improving stroke health.

    Tonya Roberson, PhD, MPH, DTR1, Debbie Meyers -Martin2 and Knitasha Washington, DHA, FACHE3 (1)Governors State University, University Park, IL, (2)District Office, Matteson, IL, (3)ATW Health Solutions, Chicago, IL

    APHA 2023 Annual Meeting and Expo

    Policymakers in the U.S. normally promote collaborations between health care organizations and other health sectors to improve population health. Yet little is known about the impact of cross-sector collaborations to improve community health and impact health inequities.

    Through a collaboration between a Minority Serving Institution (MSI), a public health department, a policy maker, and other community stakeholders that provided health and health-related resources, a stroke education and awareness bill was authored, signed, and passed to develop a 12-month stroke awareness campaign focused on promoting stroke awareness, recognition, prevention strategies, access to reliable sources of information about strokes, and self-advocacy.

    This project was organized around community voices and the disproportional rates of stroke in the high-risk communities in Chicago’s Southland to advocate for what is called â€oeA Critical Health Issue" among many. Unstructured interviews were conducted among n=150 to determine the stroke education and knowledge of area residents. The outcome of the interviews determined that the stroke education and knowledge of the residents were critically low; 75% of the participants did not recognize the signs of a stroke. These findings will guide stroke education campaign implementation strategies.

    Alliances and partnerships are formed by doing real CBPR work together and sharing the resources. Leveraging what exists, adding value, and seeking inclusion are ways to cultivate new partnerships and alliances. It is imperative for stakeholders to know their role and to work together to optimize all the resources for the good of the community and not just for a single community organization.

    Advocacy for health and health education Assessment of individual and community needs for health education Chronic disease management and prevention Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs Public health or related education Public health or related public policy


  • Major Laura Dy comes to the OT Psychosocial


    Major Laura Dy came to the OT Psychosocial class to talk about an initiative that the ARMY has started - Wholistic Health and Fitness.

    Major (Dr) Dy is the Mental Readiness Director in her division. This initiative is to teach incoming, young ARMY recruits on Resialiance and Strategies for the body and mind in order to be at the persons highest level of achievement at any given moment.

    OT Major Dy Visit Major Dy OT visit

    Major Dy is a 2010 Graduate of the GSU MOT Program

    Entered the ARMY in 2013 

    Pursued her Doctorate in OT while in the ARMY from Baylor University

    Major Dy outlined the Program and the direct impact OT s have in this type of training.

    Caren Schranz DrOT, MS, OTR/L

    Chair & Associate Professor 
    Department of Occupational Therapy
    Governors State University 


  • Congratulations to our CHHS Summer 2023 Dean's List members

  • GSU Named A Top School For Online Nursing Education


    Governors State University named a top school for online nursing education

    GSU has been ranked one of the nation’s best schools for online healthcare degrees and certificates for 2023. Six percent of regionally accredited colleges and universities earned a ranking position. 

    RENO, Nev. (PRWEB) September 19, 2022 – Governors State University has been named one of today’s best schools for online higher education in healthcare by EduMed.org. GSU’s online nursing programs have earned top honors for their overall quality, affordability and commitment to student success. 

    Take a look at the full rankings to see where GSU placed: 

    Best Online Nursing Programs in Illinois – https://www.edumed.org/online-schools/nursing-rn-programs/illinois/#4-year-schools                                                                                                              

    “Our rankings showcase the schools giving future nurses and allied health professionals the best chance to succeed from day one in the classroom to day one on the job,” said Wes Harris, outreach coordinator for EduMed.org. “This starts with low-cost tuition, but also includes academic counseling, career placement and other key resources that students need to graduate and get hired.”

    EduMed.org’s rankings come at a time when the demand for trained healthcare professionals is on the rise. According to Mercer, a global consulting leader in healthcare, the U.S. will see millions of vacancies in critical healthcare positions by 2025. Nurse practitioner, nursing assistant and home health aide roles stand to experience some of the greatest shortages over the next three years and beyond. 

    “One key to solving the healthcare shortage is making higher education more accessible,” said Harris. “Online programs open the door to students who may not be able to commit to a campus-based program while working, or to commute to a classroom at all. Each school in our rankings has made online learning a priority.” 

    EduMed.org researched and analyzed more than 7,700 accredited schools using data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and from the schools themselves. The website’s data science team then applied a proprietary algorithm to rank all qualifying schools for each healthcare discipline. Primary data points include: 

    • Academic counseling services
    • Career placement services
    • Student-to-faculty ratio
    • Tuition
    • Percent of students receiving school-based financial aid
    • Amount of school-based aid per student

    To be eligible, a school must hold active regional accreditation and have at least one partially online program in the ranking subject. Just 8 percent of U.S. post secondary institutions earned a ranking position. 

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