AccessPoint RI receives $48K grant from RIF to collaborate with NEIT

THOMAS P. KANE, left, president and CEO of AccessPoint RI, assists Christopher Perry of Coventry with his workout. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO
THOMAS P. KANE, left, president and CEO of AccessPoint RI, assists Christopher Perry of Coventry with his workout. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

CRANSTON – AccessPoint RI was awarded a $48,000 grant from the Rhode Island Foundation to launch a new initiative to help individuals with disabilities improve the self-management of their chronic conditions by expanding access to physical therapy, AccessPoint RI announced last week.

“Supporting innovative approaches and partnerships like this often lead to better outcomes and healthier lives, which are our priorities,” said Larry Warner, the Rhode Island Foundation’s grantmaker in the health sector.

AccessPoint RI will collaborate with New England Institute of Technology on the initiative, called the Physical Therapy Community Service program.

“This is an economical approach to a multi-tiered healthcare issue. Physical therapy can play a vital role in helping individuals attain their maximum level of independence throughout their lifespan,” said AccessPoint RI President and CEO Thomas P. Kane in a statement. “We are excited about this collaborative effort with New England Institute of Technology and the far-reaching benefit that improved physical functioning will bring to many areas of people’s lives.”

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The grant will fund physical therapy for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities affiliated with AccessPoint RI that do not receive treatment due to financial or health insurance limitations.

As part of a clinical internship, NEIT students in the Physical Therapist Assistant program will provide treatment under the direction of a licensed physical therapist.

“Proper physical therapy treatment can improve balance, prevent falls and manage pain; that is why New England Institute of Technology is pleased to work with AccessPoint RI in the Physical Therapy Community Service clinic,” said Magali Angeloni, NEIT’s assistant provost and director of the master of public health program, in a statement. “This collaboration is about improving lives and will engage students to serve the Rhode Island community.”

Chris Bergenheim is the PBN web editor.