Ep. 177 Chaser – Celia Pechak, Denise English, and Jenny Audette on Global Health


Episode 177 Chaser

In this episode, Jimmy chats with Celia Pechak, Denise English, and Jenny Audette at the Global Health Reception at CSM 2017. The trio discusses serving local underserved populations, bringing PT around the world, and talks about their favorite trips and the experiences that have changed their lives.

Bio: Celia Pechak, PT, PhD, MPH

Dr. Celia Pechak received her Bachelor’s of Science in Physical Therapy from Marquette University, a Master’s of Public Health (Specialization in International Health) from the University of Hawaii, and a PhD in Physical Therapy (Concentration in Geriatrics) from Texas Woman’s University. Dr. Pechak is the Interim Associate Program Director and an Associate Professor within the DPT program at the University of Texas at El Paso. She is active within the APTA as a member in the Acute Care, Geriatrics, Neurology, Health Policy and Administration, Cardiopulmonary, and Education sections. Dr. Pechak is the Vice-Chair of the APTA Cross Cultural and International SIG and has worked internationally on missions to Nepal, Vietnam, and Haiti.

Bio: Denise English, PT

Denise English received her Bachelor’s of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Pittsburgh in 1973. She was the Program Director, Co-Director, and Curriculum Committee member for Health Volunteers Overseas – Haiti and helped develop the Rehabilitation Technician Training Program at the Hopital Albert Schweitzer in Deschapelles, Haiti. Denise is active within the APTA as a member of the Health Policy and Administration section.

Bio: Jenny Audette, PT, PhD

Dr. Jennifer Audette received her Bachelor’s of Science in Physical Therapy from Northeastern University in 1988, an Advanced Master’s in Physical Therapy from Boston University in 1991, and a PhD in Education from the University of Rhode Island in 2011. Dr. Audette is an Assistant Professor within the DPT program at The University of Rhode Island. She is active within the APTA as the vice-chair of the APTA Global Health SIG, works with Health Volunteers Overseas as the Chair for the PT Programs Steering Committee, and has worked internationally on missions in China, Haiti, Suriname, and Guatemala.

Contact Information
Email (Celia Pechak): [email protected]
Email (Jenny Audette): [email protected]

Episode 177 Shoutouts
Joseph Matthew Day, PT, PhD, OCS, CIMT
Justin Dunnaway, PT, DPT, OCS
Morgan Denny, PT DPT
Global Health SIG (www.aptahpa.org/?page=GlobalHealthSIG)
Health Volunteers Overseas (www.hvousa.org/)
Work the World (www.worktheworld.com/)
STAND – The Haiti Project (www.standhaitiproject.org/)

Episode 177 Highlights
(1:34) Why are you guys involved in Global Health as Physical Therapists?
(2:58) What are some topics that the field of Physical Therapy should know about Global Health?
(5:04) How can individuals that are listening get involved?
(6:54) What are some other organizations out there that do this type of volunteer work?
(10:23) Denise English discusses one of her trips to Haiti and her experience during the historic earthquake.
(12:38) Jenny Audette discusses her annual trip to Guatemala where she brings students to work with patients in rural villages.
(15:29) Celia Pechak discusses a trip to the Himalayas deep in Nepal when a revolutionary war erupted.
(17:23) Jimmy talks about his service learning trip to Costa Rica while in school at Marymount University.

“It’s about the community. It’s not about us going and feeling good about what we’re doing whether it be overseas or in our own town, but it’s about the community. What do they need? What do they want? Then go back and ask if we accomplished it. I think we spend a hell of a lot of time patting ourselves on the back and saying ‘Well, I’ve done this, now I’ve got to go to the next country’ but it’s about making sustainable changes to a community; and I challenge everyone to try to do it and try to measure it. It’s not about just writing trip reports and saying ‘Look what I did last summer.’” – Celia Pechak

“Something I’ve come away with is the importance of what you can do in one life. The enormity of the need sometimes can make you almost too discouraged to go forward but I think you always have to keep in your mind that the best changes happen person to person, a little bit at a time, very small and targeted. We all have the ability to do that.” – Denise English

“Be curious about people. Talk to people. Ask unscripted questions. It is the beauty of life to ask people about themselves and learning about people and that’s how we connect.” – Jenny Audette

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