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Rehabilitation services are healthcare services that help a person regain physical, mental, and/or cognitive abilities that have been lost or impaired as a result of disease, injury, or treatment. Rehabilitation services help people reintegrate into daily life and include physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy. Hurley Medical Center Inpatient Therapy Services (HMC-ITS) and the University of Michigan Flint’s Physical Therapy Department (UMF-PTD) are located in the city of Flint and are seeking a formal partnership to improve communication and information sharing while increasing patient access to rehabilitation and improving patient care. This new partnership, titled “Rehab Revival 2.0” would lead to structured information sharing with a goal to increase access to high quality rehabilitative care based in evidence. The mission statement of HMC is “Clinical Excellence. Service to People.” In order to improve access to care and promote clinical excellence at HMC-ITS, a type of community engaged research known as knowledge translation (KT) would be implemented as the guiding theory. Numerous barriers, including lack of access to evidence and the inability to critically evaluate the literature, exist to incorporating evidence into practice. Rehabilitation research evidence generated today may take over 17 years to be implemented into clinical practice. KT is the “process that includes the synthesis, dissemination, exchange, and ethically sound application of knowledge to improve health, provide more effective health services and products, and strengthen the health care system.” The use of a KT process may help promote earlier implementation of the evidence in rehabilitation services. HMC-ITS provides a clinical environment with provider knowledge of opportunities for improving access to high quality care to the citizens of Flint which will improve patient outcomes, while UMF-PTD will offer the expertise and research support to facilitate KT and novel research projects. The leadership of both institutions are committed to increasing access to and advancing health care for the aging citizens of Flint who require rehabilitation services. Building this partnership between our two institutions will create a best practice environment that would improve access to care and patient outcomes.Objectives of the project: Over the course of six month, the collaborative project will 1) Establish a high functioning sustainable partnership, 2) Collaboratively identify areas for enhancement of clinical practices based on community and facility need, 3) Develop Rehab Revival 2.0 in order to improve access to evidence based inpatient rehabilitation care at HMC in areas jointly identified, 4) Enhance the patient experience at HMC-ITS, 5) Add to the body of community engaged research in rehabilitation. The proposed six-month relationship building and KT research planning stage will utilize the knowledge to action cycle (KTA) as the overall community engaged framework to translate current evidence into practice. The first step in implementing evidence into practice is problem identification. A key feature of the KTA cycle is getting feedback from all stakeholders (patient, patients, administration) throughout the process in order to best meet everyone’s needs. The voice of all the stakeholders is heard and given equal weight during the planning and implementing of a KT project. Partnership building activities will focus on reviewing goals identified in Rehab Revival, updating the stakeholders on goal achievement, analyzing key metrics, and engaging the stakeholders in developing Rehab Revival 2.0 by identifying priority issues that currently exist. In order to engage all stakeholders, UMF-PTD and HMC-ITS will: 1) introduce the partnership to all HMC-ITS stakeholders (patient advisors, staff, administration) 2) co-develop surveys that will be completed by HMC-ITS stakeholders, 3) co-evaluate and co-present results to stakeholders, 4) co-lead focus group interviews, 5) co-evaluate and co-present synthesis of focus group interviews, 6) gain consensus and commitment for Rehab Revival 2.0.

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Hurley Medical Center Inpatient Therapy Services who service adults in the city of Flint.
Rehabilitation services are healthcare services that help a person regain physical, mental, and/or cognitive abilities that have been lost or impaired as a result of disease, injury, or treatment. Rehabilitation services help people reintegrate into daily life and include physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy. Hurley Medical Center Inpatient Therapy Services (HMC-ITS) and the University of Michigan Flint’s Physical Therapy Department (UMF-PTD) are located in the city of Flint and are seeking a formal partnership to improve communication and information sharing while increasing patient access to rehabilitation and improving patient care. This new partnership, titled “Rehab Revival 2.0” would lead to structured information sharing with a goal to increase access to high quality rehabilitative care based in evidence. The mission statement of HMC is “Clinical Excellence. Service to People.” In order to improve access to care and promote clinical excellence at HMC-ITS, a type of community engaged research known as knowledge translation (KT) would be implemented as the guiding theory. Numerous barriers, including lack of access to evidence and the inability to critically evaluate the literature, exist to incorporating evidence into practice. Rehabilitation research evidence generated today may take over 17 years to be implemented into clinical practice. KT is the “process that includes the synthesis, dissemination, exchange, and ethically sound application of knowledge to improve health, provide more effective health services and products, and strengthen the health care system.” The use of a KT process may help promote earlier implementation of the evidence in rehabilitation services. HMC-ITS provides a clinical environment with provider knowledge of opportunities for improving access to high quality care to the citizens of Flint which will improve patient outcomes, while UMF-PTD will offer the expertise and research support to facilitate KT and novel research projects. The leadership of both institutions are committed to increasing access to and advancing health care for the aging citizens of Flint who require rehabilitation services. Building this partnership between our two institutions will create a best practice environment that would improve access to care and patient outcomes.Objectives of the project: Over the course of six month, the collaborative project will 1) Establish a high functioning sustainable partnership, 2) Collaboratively identify areas for enhancement of clinical practices based on community and facility need, 3) Develop Rehab Revival 2.0 in order to improve access to evidence based inpatient rehabilitation care at HMC in areas jointly identified, 4) Enhance the patient experience at HMC-ITS, 5) Add to the body of community engaged research in rehabilitation. The proposed six-month relationship building and KT research planning stage will utilize the knowledge to action cycle (KTA) as the overall community engaged framework to translate current evidence into practice. The first step in implementing evidence into practice is problem identification. A key feature of the KTA cycle is getting feedback from all stakeholders (patient, patients, administration) throughout the process in order to best meet everyone’s needs. The voice of all the stakeholders is heard and given equal weight during the planning and implementing of a KT project. Partnership building activities will focus on reviewing goals identified in Rehab Revival, updating the stakeholders on goal achievement, analyzing key metrics, and engaging the stakeholders in developing Rehab Revival 2.0 by identifying priority issues that currently exist. In order to engage all stakeholders, UMF-PTD and HMC-ITS will: 1) introduce the partnership to all HMC-ITS stakeholders (patient advisors, staff, administration) 2) co-develop surveys that will be completed by HMC-ITS stakeholders, 3) co-evaluate and co-present results to stakeholders, 4) co-lead focus group interviews, 5) co-evaluate and co-present synthesis of focus group interviews, 6) gain consensus and commitment for Rehab Revival 2.0.

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Amy Yorke
UM-Flint
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I am involved in various projects in Flint, including longitudinal studies, projects focused on violence and substance use and most recently projects focused on implementation of evidence based interventions.

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Andria Eisman
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor- Health Behavior and Health Education
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