The Unified Clinics are one large multi-specialty group practice that was established in 1995 to provide quality “real world” clinical training experiences for students in the College of Health and Human Services at Western Michigan University by meeting authentic community needs in an outpatient clinical setting.
The Unified Clinics are an inter-university collaboration that is both an educational and community asset. All services have grown in direct response to an identified community need. The Unified Clinics have the ability to meet very unique community needs due to the availability of a broad range of clinical faculty and many experts in their fields.
The Unified Clinics are categorized as an auxiliary enterprise of the University. Services are provided to WMU faculty, staff and students, as well as to community residents on a fee-for-service basis, based on their ability to pay, and through contracts with third party payers and state and local agencies. The consolidated infrastructure of the Unified Clinics creates a viable, efficient organization able to maneuver the complex health care maze of managed care, electronic billing, accreditation and patient care protocols.
Beginning this semester, speech language pathologist (SLP) Kathy Rigley-Rowell, along with three SLP graduate students and one undergraduate SLP student, initiated a clinical practicum experience at WMU Senior Day Services.
The Southwest Michigan Children's Trauma Assessment Center at Western Michigan University is seeking a full-time clinical trauma interventionist. The clinical trauma interventionist serves as clinical staff on a trans-disciplinary team (including social work, occupational therapy, speech and language pathology, nursing and medicine) in order to provide comprehensive trauma assessments for children ages 0-17.
Kathy Rigley-Rowell, NSSLHA advisor, and Cary Cekola, MSHF board member, both speech/language pathology faculty clinicians at Western Michigan Universities Unified Clinics will be accompanying speech/language pathology students for a fundraiser in Kalamazoo on March 23 that will benefit local and national organizations.
Dr. Jennifer Harrison, social work faculty member and Behavioral Health Services clinician, along with a MSW student intern, have launched a new recovery group. The Wellness and Recovery group is for adults at any stage of readiness who are working to make changes to enhance their wellness and recovery. The group meets every Wednesday from 5 to 6:30 p.m.
Developmental and Functional Hand Grasps is a popular text for occupational therapists and OT students, published in 2002 by Sandra Edwards, WMU OT professor emerita, along with WMU OT alumni, Donna Gallen and Jenna McCoy-Powlen. Dr. Michelle Suarez, associate professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy and Unified Clinics OT coordinator, joined the authors in working on the book's second edition, which is now set for a March release.
Dr. Jennifer Harrison, assistant professor in the School of Social Work and Behavioral Health Services clinician has received a 2018 Global Engagement Award. The award, given annually by the Haenicke Institute for Global Education to recognize contributions to the global engagement of the university and to its students, faculty and staff; to our knowledge and understanding of global affairs; and/or to communities and stakeholders locally or abroad.
The Western Evaluation Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders (WECAN), part of the Unified Clinics at Western Michigan University is accepting new referrals. The clinic is the only Approved Autism Evaluation Center in southwest Michigan. The diagnostic team uses an interprofessional, collaborative approach to examine a child’s skills, development and behavior while offering comprehensive, interdisciplinary diagnostic evaluations for autism spectrum disorder. Physician referral is required for a diagnostic evaluation through WECAN.
The Occupational Therapy Clinic, part of the Unified Clinics at WMU, recently introduced a program for children ages 4-5. KG Bound Kids is a kindergarten readiness program that runs for 12 weeks meeting once per week. Capacity is 16 children each session and costs $120 for the semester.