A supporting board of the Munroe-Meyer Institute
The mission of the Munroe-Meyer Guild is to improve the quality of life for persons with disabilities through fundraising for the UNMC Munroe-Meyer Institute.
Over the past 50-plus years, the major fundraiser for this supporting board has been the annual Munroe-Meyer Guild Garden Walk, held the second Sunday in June. Proceeds from that event and others total more than $1.1 million over the past five decades. Funds generated through the Garden Walk are used to help fund programs and support innovative projects and training at the institute that might otherwise go unfulfilled. A call for grant applications is announced at the end of the year.
The Munroe-Meyer Guild has announced its 2022 grants to the Munroe-Meyer Institute, supporting four projects.
Nearly $70,000 in total grant funding was awarded.
This amount was a combination of funds from the Guild and a donation from the Ruth and William Scott Family Foundation.
Funded proposals include:
"Physiological Recordings to Quantify Patient Comfort" (grantee James Gehringer, PhD, MMI Department of Physical Therapy). This team is investigating how to improve patient experience through the measurement of stress/comfort levels. It will use a device similar to a fitness tracker, called a Empatica E4, to measure stress levels. This grant will help purchase 10 devices for use in the study.
"Impact Play: Providing Play Opportunities for All Abilities" (grantee Monica Pleiss, OTD, MMI Department of Occupational Therapy). The project will adapt toys so all children with physical and cognitive disabilities will be able to play with them. A switch will be added to the toys to help the children engage with and operate them. A closet space at MMI will be created to hold the toys, and parents will be able to check the toys out for their child.
"Teaching Acceptance and Building Comfort with Health and Self-Care Routines for Your Children with Autism" (grantee Mary Halbur, PhD, MMI integrated Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders). Many children with developmental disabilities exhibit fear when it comes to health or self-care routines, such as brushing teeth, cutting hair and trimming nails. This project, which will take place at the two ACT Clinic locations, will research the most appropriate and efficient interventions to teach children these routines.
"Virtual Parent Series: Partnering with Parents to Support Youth Development" (grantee Mindy Chadwell, PhD, MMI Department of Psychology). Families face many barriers to accessing behavioral health services, such as waitlists, scheduling difficulties and financial constraints. The project team will develop a virtual parent series in collaboration with the school-based mental health clinics to help parents when dealing with mental health issues in their school age children.