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Occupational therapy and health sciences students spent the summer and early autumn screening older farmers and those living in rural areas for arthritis.  The purpose of the project is to test and refine a new screening tool developed by Dr. Sharon Flinn and Dr. Meg Teaford of the Occupational Therapy Division.  Once the screening tool is finalized, OSU Extension staff will be trained to offer the screening during community health fairs and events, providing early education and tips for management of arthritis much like skin cancer screenings are being used. The students visited five county fairs, the Ohio State Fair, and the OSU Farm Science Review. To-date, they have screened over 300 older adults. The project is sponsored by an OSU Cares outreach grant and the Linda J. Cummins Fund.  If you would like more information about this project, please contact Dr. Meg Teaford at

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