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Health & Wellness Task Force


Health management and maintenance is an important instrumental activity of daily living following stroke. Survivors must learn how to manage their condition and actively prevent future stroke or other disease.

The goal of this group is to engage in activities promoting the health and wellbeing of persons after stroke. Topics of interest include nutrition, physical activity, adherence, medication management, and mental health.

Contact the Task Force Co-Chairs to learn more and get involved.




Suzanne Perea Burns, PhD, OTR/L

Suzanne Perea Burns, PhD, OTR/L


American Heart Association Strategically Focused Research Network WISSDOM Center
Postdoctoral Fellow, Medical University of South Carolina

Emily Kringle, PhD, OTR/L

Emily Kringle, PhD, OTR/L


Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Occupational Therapy
University of Illinois at Chicago

2019 GOALS

  • 1 Information and education page
  • 1 manuscript
  • 1 presentation at ACRM 2019



  • Submitted a manuscript for publication: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Facilitate Return to Driving and Return to Work in Mild Stroke: A Position Paper
  • Submitted Archives Information/Education Pages (I/EP) titled:
    • Return to Work After Mild Stroke
    • Driving After Mild Stroke
    • The ABCs for Nutrition Post-Stroke
  • Presented the following sessions at the ACRM Annual Conference:
    • Stroke Hot Topics: Addressing Mental Health in Stroke Rehab 

    • Self-Management Interventions for Stroke Recovery and Recurrent Stroke Prevention

    • Exploration of Sex After Stroke



  • Submitted 2 peer-reviewed manuscripts:
    • Mental health in Mild Stroke
    • Community Reintegration in Mild Stroke
  • Developing a manuscript for submission in 2017
  • Developed 4 Information/Education Pages for The Archives of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation:
    • Mild Stroke
    • Mental Health
    • Return to Work
    • Return to Driving