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MFT Graduate Students Participate in OSU-Rural Health Innovation Weekend

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Three graduate students represented the OSU MFT program at the OSU-Rural Health Innovation Weekend, hosted at OSU on November 4-6, 2016. Sponsored by the OSU Center for Health Systems Innovation (CHSI), the second annual event brought students, faculty, and community professionals together to solve complex problems and bring innovative ideas to life that are focused on rural healthcare. Teams were made up of participants from diverse backgrounds of education and industry experience to develop ideas that are versatile and sustainable.

3rd year MFT student, Morgan PettyJohn and 1st year MFT students, Jamie Bechtelheimer, and Adriana Soto attended the Rural Health Innovation Weekend. Jamie's idea of developing virtual reality software to allow people to experience symptoms of mental illnesses in order to promote empathy and understanding won the People's Choice Award, as well as Third place from the judges. Adriana's team developed a plan to coordinate transportation for elderly individuals living in rural areas to their healthcare appointments using a network of local churches; their idea won First place. The conference provided a valuable and unique experience for students to network and collaborate with other disciplines and to make a difference in Oklahoma.

Adrianna Soto, Morgan PettyJohn, & Jamie Bechtelheimer