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Occupational Therapy and “Period Poverty”
Thursday, January 20, 2022, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM CST
Category: Statewide

The Trinity North District is Hosting the Webinar Occupational Therapy and “Period Poverty” on January 20, 2022. 6:00 pm -7:30 pm CST

Speaker: Melissa Morgan, COTA, MA, PhD

Course Description:  Period Poverty can be defined as not having access, financially or contextually, to feminine hygiene products as well as pain relief products. It affects Hygiene, Health management, Education, Employment and Social and Community Participation.

Outline of Program Content:
Period Poverty can be defined as not having access, either financially or contextually, to feminine hygiene products which include, sanitary napkins (pads), tampons, cups or liners for period protection. I would also extend the definition to having access to pain relief products such as Midol or aspirin. As OTPS we have a moral imperative to improve the quality of life for our clients. “Period Poverty” affects Hygiene. Health management, Education, Employment and Social and Community Participation. “Period Poverty” affects girls and women with a disproportionate number of women of color and women from other countries. The presentation outlines this problem.

Learner Objectives

1.To understand the definition of Period Poverty and implications for girls and women. Demographics, SES status, homelessness, DV Victims and undocumented women.

2.To identify one assessment strategy- Including in Occupational Profile personal device care, stressing feminine hygiene as a BADL with specific questions. Incorporating questions about access to pain relievers for difficult periods,

3.To identify two areas of education and intervention OTPs can employ in practice, teaching or volunteering

Published Article in OT Practice December 1, 2021 - you must be an AOTA member for access.

CEU: 1.5

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