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KARRN and ACAT Updates March - April 2024

View the March-April Report here.

'Behind the Blue': The Kentucky Appalachian Rural Rehabilitation Network (KARRN)

On this episode of "Behind the Blue," Kitzman and Bond talk about the important work of KARRN, the collaboration the network has helped inspire, the culture shift they see happening both on and off campus, and more.

This year during One Day for UK, the university's annual giving day, all donations to the College of Health Sciences will go directly toward the Grace Jones Fund. This fund is used to help people with physical disabilities, caused by conditions such as strokes, as well as their families.

Listen to the podcast here.

Grace Jones Memorial Fund 2024

It is my pleasure to announce the second annual call for applications for the Grace Jones Memorial Fund mini-grants. The Grace Jones Memorial Fund was established in memory of Grace Jones, who joined the faculty of the Department of Entomology at the University of Kentucky in 1984 and rose to Associate Professor in 1990. She then moved to the University of Kentucky's School of Biological Sciences in 1991, rising to Professor in Molecular and Cellular Biology in 1999 in the renamed Department of Biology. Subsequent to a severe stroke in 2000, she inspired many as she overcame difficult physical challenges, and continued her academic teaching and research in Biology which she so much enjoyed.

The purpose of the Grace Jones Memorial Fund mini-grants is...

FROM AARP.ORG: A Community is Enabled Through the Reuse of Walkers, Wheelchairs and More

A decade ago in Hazard, Kentucky, home of the University of Kentucky Center of Excellence in Rural Health, physical therapists from four health programs met and shared a common complaint. Used wheelchairs, walkers, canes, crutches and other durable medical equipment desperately needed by their patients were routinely thrown away. The items ending up rotting and rusting in landfills.

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Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky Donates $125k to Hazard’s new Appalachian Center for Assistive Technology

By Ryan Clark
CHS Communications Director

HAZARD, Ky. (March 10, 2023) — The University of Kentucky announced today a $125,000 grant from Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky to support the new Appalachian Center for Assistive Technology, or ACAT, located in Hazard. 

Patrick Kitzman, PhD, PT and professor in the College of Health Sciences' Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation and Health Sciences PhD programs, is director of both the Kentucky Appalachian Rural Rehabilitation Network and...

Perry County Students Improve Accessibility at Local Park Through UK's CARAT-TOP Program

Video produced by The University of Kentucky Center of Excellence in Rural Health (UK CERH). To view captions for this video, push play and click on the CC icon in the bottom right-hand corner of the screen. If using a mobile device, click on the "thought bubble" in the same area.

HAZARD, Ky. (July 5, 2022) — Students from Perry County Central (PCC) High School have been busy this summer at the Perry County Park completing projects to help make the park more accessible for people impacted by disabilities. The group of 17 students is the first cohort to complete an eight-week training in Coordinating and Assisting the Reuse of Assistive Technology: Together One Priority, known as CARAT-TOP,.is a new intergenerational training...

Project CARAT refurbishes assistive devices while filling the gap for supply chain issues

As the price of aluminum continues to skyrocket, hospitals across the U.S. are reporting shortages in wheelchairs, canes and walkers. A program at the University of Kentucky refurbishes assistive devices while filling the gap of supply chain issues.

Project CARAT, which stands for Coordinating and Assisting the Reuse of Assistive Technology, is a partnership between UK and various agencies across the state that started in 2010 and provides medical equipment to those in need. 

The student-run program takes donated equipment, cleans it and makes repairs if needed. Then, they redistribute it to people in need.

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Community Connections: Uniting People Living with Disabling Conditions

Join us to participate in an upcoming discussion group hosted at Frazier Rehab’s Community Fitness & Wellness Gym (CFW) located at 250 East Liberty, Louisville, KY 40202. This group will meet every Wednesday starting April 13th for a 5-week series. The Community Connections group will meet from 12-1pm and the Caregiver Connections group will meet from 1-2pm. Come for one session or all five sessions; whichever your schedule allows. Hope to see you there!

Join us on Zoom!
Zoom Meeting ID: 928 7501 4247