VISION Rehabilitation at Quinnipiac is a student-run, pro-bono clinic that operates on Tuesday nights at the North Haven Campus.
The clinic offers interprofessional rehabilitation to uninsured residents in the Greater New Haven who do not have access to physical and occupational therapy services.
VISION, which stands for Volunteers in Service Impacting Our Neighborhoods, was opened in March 2012 as the result of the dedicated work of Tracy Underhill and Meredith Wolanin, 2012 graduates of the doctor in physical therapy program.
VISION has forged partnerships with HAVEN Free Clinic, a health clinic run by Yale health professions students in collaboration with the Fair Haven Community Health Center, Wednesday night free clinic at Yale New Haven Hospital, Project Access, and a number of local rehab clinics affiliated with Quinnipiac University School of Health Sciences.
VISION students treat clients in teams led by a graduate physical and occupational therapy students under the supervision of licensed faculty. In addition to direct rehab services, VISION volunteers go out to the community to provide education and workshops on a variety of health care topics.
"We are proud of our students for reaching out to the community and providing access and quality care to an underserved population," said Maureen Helgren, associate professor of physical therapy and a faculty adviser for VISION. "The interprofessional client-centered care is a model to be emulated by the larger health care systems."