Event Calendar
Prev MonthPrev Month Next MonthNext Month
GCED Meeting & CE Event - "Factors Associated with Falls Among People Living with Chronic HIV: An OT Approach"
Shriner's Hospital for Children - 5th Floor Auditorium
6977 Main Street
Houston, TX 77030
Wednesday, October 17, 2018, 5:45 PM - 8:00 PM CDT
Category: Gulf Coast East District

If you plan to attend the meeting, please click HERE so that we can have a head count for each site.

Topic: "Factors Associated with Falls Among People Living with Chronic HIV: An OT Approach" (1.5 CE Hours)

SpeakerAmber Armstead, OTR/L, DrPH

Course Description:
This discussion-based presentation will re-introduce the dynamic role that occupational therapists play in the lives of people affected by HIV when attempting to reduce and prevent falls.  As HIV is now a chronic disease, people living with HIV face the challenges of aging at an accelerated pace.  Occupational therapists offer a unique perspective to individuals with this disease. Using principles of both occupational therapy and public health, individuals with HIV can maintain their quality of life while aging with this disease. This discussion will offer useful strategies to combat the factors associated with falls among people living with HIV. In addition, the participants will gain helpful strategies to address these issues with patients in a variety of therapeutic settings.

Learning Objectives:
By the end of this presentation, the participants will…
1. Be aware of the stages of HIV 
2. Understand the factors associated with falls among people living with HIV
3. Understand the basic impact that HIV has on ADLs and IADLs
4. Identify strategies to address the issues impacting HIV patients

Speaker Bio:

  • Name: Amber Bianca Armstead 
  • Credentials: OTR/L, DrPH
  • Present Job Title: Occupational Therapist
  • Position: Occupational Therapist 
  • Educational Background
    • BS: Community Health and Biology UTSA 2004; 
    • MOT: UTMB Galveston 2008
    • DrPH: UT Health Science Center Houston, School of Public Health; Health Promotion and Behavioral Science 2018

Amber has been an OTR for almost 11 years and is a public health educator and HIV activist. Her research includes health disparities research. Chronic HIV among marginalized populations including African Americans and Latinos are her research interests. On the clinical side, Amber is a neuro-OT who specializes in spinal cord injuries and TBIs.

This Month’s Locations (Please visit the Gulf Coast East District webpage for addresses and contact information):
- Shriner's Hospital for Children 
- University of Texas Medical Branch @ Galveston
- Lonestar-Tomball Health Sciences Building
- Memorial Hermann Southeast
- Pima Medical Institute

Contact: [email protected]