Diverse OT: Leadership and Advocacy for Minorities in Healthcare with Michelle DeJesus

Episode Summary

According to statistics, minorities are underrepresented within healthcare professions. Having grown up with immigrant parents and having to translate for them during medical appointments, Michelle DeJesus, MS, OTR/L has seen first hand the impact this lack of diversity in medicine has on minorities. As a student, she noticed a lack of representation and numerous health disparities impacting both practitioners and clients alike. Now as an OT practitioner, she now uses her experience to promote leadership and advocacy for minorities in all aspects of the healthcare system.

Show Notes

Michelle and Sarah discuss:

Contact Michelle:

Instagram: instagram.com/michelled_ot

Website: michelledot.com

Best of Occupational Therapy (1/27/2020)

This week: OT degrees, time and money management, making a difference with early intervention, advocacy, and inclusion.

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Throughout the week, I’ll consume all sorts of wonderful occupational therapy related material, from podcast episodes, to blog posts, YouTube videos, journal articles, social media posts, you name it.  Then I’ll pick a few of my favorites and feature them here for you to enjoy.

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Let’s find out who gets “The BOOT” this week…


Are We Defined By Our Degrees?

These days there seems to be tension within our profession with people feeling inferior or superior based on their chosen degree. Taylor Blaine, OTD, OTR/L from @becomingot confronted this issue head on here: Join the discussion.

Do You Wish You Had More Time? Money?

Having a healthy mindset around time and money is helpful for all therapists, not just entrepreneurs. The latest episode of the Mind Your OT Business with Melissa LaPointe discusses this and more here: Episode 18: Melissa LaPointe on Embracing Life as a Digital CEO

OT in Early Intervention Makes a Difference

The New York Times highlights the astounding impact early intervention made in the life of one family. Go EI therapists!

Think Advocacy Doesn’t Matter?

AOTA has made some important changes because people spoke up. Well done AOTA!

What Does LGBTQIA+ Even Mean?

Good thing Devlynn Neu aka The Rainbow OT spelled it out for us. Check out the first post of his series here: What Do the Letters Mean.

A New Week, A New Podcast Episode

It was back to real life this past week with a few evals, tackling my unread emails, and lacing up my workout shoes. It also meant I finally got around to putting out episode 53, make sure to check it out.

Guess what’s 8 weeks away? That’s right, the AOTA 2020 conference. I signed up, have you? Looking forward to seeing you all there.

Thanks to everyone that signed up and made the first BOOT post a huge success!

Inclusion, Education, and All the Colors of the Rainbow with Devlynn Neu

Episode Summary

Part of being an occupational therapist is advocating for ourselves, our clients, and our profession.  We aim to be client-centered in our therapy and strive to be inclusive for people regardless of race, identity, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic status.  Statistics have shown that members of the LBGT+ community face challenges accessing and receiving appropriate healthcare.

Devlynn Neu, MS, OTR/L comes on the show today to discuss important facts, education, and considerations for therapists and clients within the LBGT+ community.  He shares his experiences working as an openly gay man within the field of occupational therapy, including both the positive and challenges that he has faced throughout his experience as an OT. Devlynn embodies inclusion and advocacy in all that he does and constantly stands up for his clients, his profession, and this community as a whole.

Devlynn is also the creator of The Rainbow OT, a blog which serves to promote inclusion, foster representation, provide education, and encourage unity within healthcare for members of the LBGT+ community.  

Show Notes

Sarah and Devlynn discuss:

Email: devlynnneu@gmail.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/therainbowot

Website: https://www.therainbowot.com