The Home & Community Health Special Interest Section (HCHSIS) provides resources and support for occupational therapists, occupational therapy assistants, and students whose practice environment is the home and community. Examples include home health, adult day services, senior housing, wellness programs, community mental health centers, home modification, and accessibility consultation. The HCHSIS was created by AOTA in 1994.
Practitioners in home health care can access information regarding clinical practice, regulatory standards, and legislative initiatives through periodicals, publications, and electronic media. Individuals interested in the HCHSIS can network with other practitioners through an online forum to share resources, exchange ideas, and stay connected.
The HCHSIS promotes community-based practice by identifying exemplars and sharing models for community practice, as well as networking with community-based services and agencies and promoting occupational therapy roles in these settings.
The HCHSIS also includes a specialty network: The Home Modifications Network, formed in 2004, is composed of practitioners, educators, researchers, and students who have a special interest in home modifications. It's an excellent resource for accurate information, good ideas, and networking. All AOTA members can access the Home Modification forum.
HCHSIS Standing Committee Members (Term of Office, 2012-2015)
Tracy Van Oss, DHSc, MPH, OTR/L, CHES, CAPS: Chairperson
Jennifer DeRosa, BS, OTR/L, CAPS: Professional Development Coordinator (Forums)
Debra Young, MEd, OTR/L, SCEM, ATP, CAPS: Professional Development Coordinator (Education/Research)
Marnie Renda, MEd, OTR/L, CAPS, ECHM: Home Modification Network Manager
Amy Wagenfeld, PhD, OTR/L, CAPS: Quarterly Editor
Home & Community Health Special Interest Section Quarterly Newsletter
Home & Community Health SIS Discussion Forum (open to all AOTA members)
Home Modification Network Forum (open to all AOTA members)
To join HCHSIS, contact AOTA Membership at 301-652-2682, ext. 2769 or toll-free at 1-800-SAY-AOTA (1-800-729-2682).