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Dr. Christine Raber awarded the Educational Partnership of the Year by The Area Agency on Aging District 7


September 21, 2016


Dr. Christine Raber was honored at the AAA7 Annual Appreciation Bunch.

Dr. Christine Raber, Ph.D., Professor of Master of Occupational Therapy Program at Shawnee State University, was awarded the Educational Partnership of the Year Award by the Area Agency on Aging District 7 (AAA7) at the AAA7 Annual Appreciation Bunch.

During the event, individuals and groups throughout the Agency’s 10-county district were recognized for their services and dedication to the Agency, community and seniors.

The Educational Partnership Award is granted to an individual or group who understands the importance of continued learning surrounding home and community-based care in the lives of students who are working toward careers that support initiatives in this field.

This past year, Dr. Raber and SSU students in the MOT Program teamed up with the AAA7 to bring Music and MemorySM into the lives of residents of nursing homes as well as the lives of veterans and adult day care clients. Dr. Raber and the SSU students worked with AAA7 to provide on-site Music and MemorySM training to Chillicothe’s Veterans Affairs Medical Center staff and the Heritage Adult Day Care Center Staff.

SSU’s MOT students also worked one-on-one with veterans and adult day care clients by interviewing them to identify and create their individual playlists onto their iPods. Dr. Raber and SSU’s MOT students provided a total of 374 hours of volunteer service, equating to around $8,700 of in-kind contribution.

“I was truly honored to accept this award, and I am so grateful that our students and community have benefited for the educational initiatives we have engaged in with AAA7. Community partnerships, such as the one we have developed with AAA7, are the essential element in successful service learning. I look forward to our continued collaboration in the future,” said Dr. Raber.

Through the years, Dr. Raber and the MOT students have worked with AAA7 on numerous other projects, including Senior Home Information Project (SHIP) in Ross and Scioto counties, the Regional Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program’s Person-Centered Care Project, as well as training community coaches with AAA7’s Matter of Balance Falls Management Program.

For more information about SSU’s MOT program, please visit our website at www.shawnee.edu/academics/rehabilitation-sports/master-occupational-therapy, or by calling our graduate center at (740) 351-3177.


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