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Research Article  |   January 1998
Funding Community Practice: Stage 1
Author Affiliations
  • Carol A. Brownson, MSPH, is Associate Director of Community Health, Program in Occupational Therapy, Washington University School of Medicine, 4444 Forest Park Boulevard, St. Louis, Missouri 63108
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Health and Wellness / Special Issue on Community Health / Carolyn Baum, Mary Law, Guest Editors
Research Article   |   January 1998
Funding Community Practice: Stage 1
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, January 1998, Vol. 52, 60-64. doi:10.5014/ajot.52.1.60
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, January 1998, Vol. 52, 60-64. doi:10.5014/ajot.52.1.60
Abstract

A broad definition of community practice has implications for how occupational therapy services are defined, delivered, and funded. The historical foundations of occupational therapy support an expansion into health promotion and prevention programming that is based in the community. Moving into these roles opens up an array of funding possibilities. It may also require developing new partnerships, new skills, and work under different job titles. This article describes two approaches to broadening occupational therapy’s role into the community and gives examples of programs and funding sources for each.