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Post-Polio Health (ISSN 1066-5331)

Vol. 30, No. 4, Fall 2014


In “Thriving,” Tepley Recounts
Stories of Triumphing over Trauma

In 1995, Joyce Ann Tepley became the principal advocate for her father-in-law’s care during the last few years of his life. Even though she was an experienced clinical social worker who knew how to negotiate resources, she was constantly frustrated by the lack of coordinated care and impediments placed by nursing home and hospital staff regarding the preservation of his dignity and management of his pain.

She wondered if there was a better way and why some people seemed to thrive or flourish through the hardest times in their lives. After he died she happened to find an organization called the Health Forum that offered a fellowship program sponsored by the American Hospital Association. It was called Creating Healthier Communities, encouraging best practices across the United States.

She was accepted into the year-long program and chose as her project 20 people with long-term physical disabilities from all walks of life who were referred to her as thrivers. ...


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