WAUKESHA, WIS.— Dr. Jane Hopp, dean of the College of Natural Sciences, Health Sciences and Business at Carroll University, and members of the Curative Care Network/Carroll University Health Sciences Initiative have won the prestigious Esther Letven Campus-Community Partnership Award from Wisconsin Campus Compact.
“Dr. Hopp is passionate about community partnerships and providing quality service-learning opportunities for students,” said Dr. Douglas N. Hastad, Carroll president. “The Carroll-Curative partnership is testament to a collaboration that works for everyone, and is a model for others to emulate. We are pleased to see that kind of initiative recognized.”
Hopp and Curative’s Senior Care Center staff will be honored at a ceremony in Madison on March 22.
Curative Care Network improves the function and quality of life for children, adults and senior citizens with disabilities or limiting conditions through high quality care and services.
“The clients and staff at Curative’s Senior Care Center in Waukesha have benefitted significantly from the partnership with Carroll University students and faculty,” said Curative President and CEO Candace Hennessy Ph.D., R.N. “We have been able to offer unique programming and community engagement options for those we serve, while at the same time enhancing real-world education opportunities for Carroll University students.”
The award honors Esther Letven, former associate vice chancellor for extended services at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, whose lifelong passion was to connect the resources of the community with the resources of the university.
“Our partnership with Curative Care Network benefits both Curative clients and Carroll students,” Hopp said. “Quality of life is improved for clients, who show improved attitudes, increases in individual responsiveness, better medication compliance, and an increase in the ‘energy’ of the facility. Students learn from new patient populations, and develop personal and professional skills.”
The Curative-Carroll project, started in 2007, provides regular physical activity for Curative Senior Care Center clients who have dementia, disabilities and/or health concerns. Carroll physical therapy students and faculty work with clients to provide exercise and customized therapeutic activities, such as bowling, swimming, exercise or video gaming. The partnership later expanded to include exercise science and recreation management students.
The partnership allows students to work with clients with chronic disease or short-term disabilities, helping each patient reach optimal health.
Since its inception, the Health Sciences Initiative has grown, partially due to the support of the Stackner Family Foundation, which has provided grant support to engage graduate physical therapy students in designing and delivering sustainable wellness programs for those with disabilities.