UTC Public Health and Occupational Therapy students partnered together as part of an interdisciplinary initiative to deliver the Matter of Balance (MOB) program. Public Health faculty member, Dr. Elizabeth Hathaway, partnered with Dr. Elicia Cruz and students from the UTC Occupational Therapy program as part of an interdisciplinary project to deliver an evidence-based program, MOB, throughout Chattanooga. MOB is an 8-session program, structured group intervention that emphasizes practical strategies to reduce fear of falling and increase activity levels among geriatric populations.

Our first year MPH students were certified by OT faculty member, Dr. Erin Melhorn earlier in January. Both MPH and OT students facilitated the MOB sessions across nine sites this semester. A special thank you goes out to the following community partners:

  • Ridgedale Baptist Church
  • Purpose Point Community Health
  • John Calvin apartments
  • YMCA downtown
  • YMCA Cleveland
  • Silvertree Seniors
  • The Bridge at Ooltewah
  • Caldstead Foundation Community
  • Orange Grove

We welcome and look forward to further collaborations across disciplines at UTC!