Husson University

SOARing Eagles Healthcare

The School of Physical Therapy is pleased to announce the development of SOARing Eagles Healthcare at Husson University! The SOAR in SOARing Eagles stands for Student Operated Accessible Rehabilitation. This is a pro bono physical therapy service for Bangor community members who are uninsured or underinsured, and are therefore unable to access rehabilitation services. Developed and run by a student Board of Directors and PT clinic director, Kim Steinbarger, this clinic offers an excellent educational opportunity for Husson’s DPT students. As a result of this clinical project, our fourth-year physical therapy students will be able to experience the clinical setting prior to their regular clinical placements. Our fifth- and sixth-year students will have the chance to practice their clinical and mentoring skills, as well as acquire management and policy experiences. The Husson PT faculty hopes that the students’ introduction to pro bono service will strongly foster their willingness to engage in professional community service after graduation. Future plans for this project include interprofessional involvement of other Husson Schools, such as occupational therapy, nursing, and pharmacy.

SOARing Eagles Healthcare Mission Statement

To improve healthcare access for the Bangor community by providing pro bono physical therapy services to the underserved and underinsured populations, while educating a new generation of physical therapists as educators, healthcare providers, family and community consultants, health and wellness advocates, clinical researchers, and effective members of the healthcare community. Our goals are to:

1. Provide leadership opportunities for DPT students.
2. Familiarize students with pro bono service and the rehabilitation needs of the uninsured and underinsured in the Bangor community.
3. Provide an integrated clinical experience to supplement classroom teaching and clinical affiliations.
4. Prepare students to act as clinical mentors to their peers.

If you have questions about our clinic, please contact Kim Steinbarger PT, MHS at 207-941-7181 or steinbargerk@my.husson.edu.

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