Evidence In Motion (EIM) Commits Continued Support to Haiti

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Evidence In Motion (EIM) is excited to announce their latest campaign of support to Haiti. As part of their continuing outreach to Haiti, EIM has committed to monetary donations to a physical therapy clinic in Jacmel, Haiti on behalf of every student who joins their Sports Physical Therapy Residency, Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residency, Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy Fellowship or Executive Program in Private Practice Management in 2011.

We need continued monetary support to resupply durable medical equipment, continue to send volunteers to the clinic, and hire and pay both Haitian and expatriate staff. Companies like EIM are the ones that keep the Jacmel Clinic running.

Evidence In Motion (EIM) is excited to announce their latest campaign of support to Haiti. As part of their continuing outreach to Haiti, EIM has committed to monetary donations to a physical therapy clinic in Jacmel, Haiti on behalf of every student who joins their Sports Physical Therapy Residency, Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residency, Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy Fellowship or Executive Program in Private Practice Management in 2011.

The devastating January 2010 earthquake in Haiti resulted in approximately 230,000 deaths and an estimated 300,000 injuries. Many countries and organizations rapidly responded with medical teams and service provisions related to care and rehabilitation of persons with disabilities.

EIM has provided donations on behalf of their new students to Neighborhood Engagement since 2009. Neighborhood Engagement is a non-profit group that, along with PT Development, supports PTHelpForHaiti.org and OTHelpForHaiti.org. PTHelpForHaiti.org/OTHelpForHaiti.org are dedicated to “Build Haiti Better” and have sent many volunteer physical and occupational therapists to Jacmel, Haiti, since the earthquake. In 2010, EIM donated over $2,000 to Neighborhood Engagement and this money was used to fund PTHelpForHaiti.org/OTHelpForHaiti.org’s physical and occupational therapists in Jacmel Haiti.

The Community Coalition for Haiti (CCH) operates the clinic in Jacmel with assistance from organizations such as Evidence In Motion and PTHelpForHaiti.org/OTHelpForHaiti.org. This clinic is staffed by a full-time American physical therapist, Haitian rehab technicians, transporters and interpreters, and volunteers from both the United States and Canada. Employing Haitan workers allows this clinic to contribute to sustainable solutions in this earthquake ravaged area. The Jacmel clinic does not charge for equipment or treatment and is 100% donor supported.

The Jacmel clinic sees an average of 25-40 patients per day and provides a full spectrum of physical therapy services. Donations to the Jacmel clinic include much needed shoes, medical supplies and equipment. The clinic recently moved from a tent, where it was housed for one year, to a facility that it shares with two primary care physicians. These physicians are part of a collaborative effort with CCH and PT Development, necessitated by the recent cholera epidemic.

Many EIM students have volunteered at the Jacmel clinic, such as graduate from the Orthopaedic Residency program, James Grace. “The people of Haiti will not be without the need for rehab services for quite some time. Word is spreading and people travel long distances in search for hope and relief from pain, weakness, and limited mobility,” recounts Grace. “I encourage more clinicians to be a part of this movement, and I count myself fortunate to have had the opportunity to help.”

EIM Executive Program in Private Practice Management students have and will make the trip to volunteer in Haiti as well. Karl Kleinpeter, DPT, EIM Executive Program graduate, volunteered in 2010 and Jennifer Gabmoa, DPT, OCS, MTC, EIM Executive Program graduate and instructor, plans to volunteer at the Jacmel clinic this April. Additionally EIM owners, John Childs, PT, PhD, MBA, OCS, FAAOMPT, Larry Benz, PT, DPT, and Tim Flynn, PT, PhD, OCS, FAAOMPT, have all spent time volunteering in Haitian physical therapy clinics over the past year.

“Since the earthquake we have made giant strides in helping Haitian patients. Evidence In Motion’s donation campaign will assist the Jacmel Clinic in handling current challenges,” states Larry Benz, PT, DPT, EIM Owner, and founder and partner of the Jacmel clinic. “We need continued monetary support to resupply durable medical equipment, continue to send volunteers to the clinic, and hire and pay both Haitian and expatriate staff. Companies like EIM are the ones that keep the Jacmel Clinic running.”    

About Evidence In Motion (EIM):
Evidence in Motion (EIM) is an education and consultation company whose sole reason of existence is to elevate the physical therapy profession and the role of physical therapists in healthcare delivery. A strong dedication to fostering the creation and assimilation of an evidence-based practice culture within the physical therapy profession is a cornerstone of Evidence In Motion’s mission. They have put in place evidence-based practice treatment pathways in many facilities and aims to promote the global sharing of information and ideas, thus advancing evidence-based physical therapy practice, research and education around the world. Evidence In Motion offers Continuing Education, Residencies, a Fellowship Program, a Musculoskeletal Transition DPT, and an Executive Program in Private Practice Management with optional Transition DPT. For more information, please visit EvidenceInMotion.com. You can also find Evidence In Motion on Facebook and Twitter, @EIMTeam.

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