Dr Talya Fleming Awarded PMR Public Service Health Equity and Advocacy Award   
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Dr Talya Fleming Awarded PMR Public Service Health Equity and Advocacy Award

Dr. Talya Fleming
Dr. Talya Fleming, PM&R Public Service, Health Equity and Advocacy Award

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Hackensack Meridian Health recently announced that Dr. Talya Fleming, medical director of the Stroke Recovery Program and Aftercare Program at JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute was awarded the Public Service, Health Equity and Advocacy Award from the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Fleming received the top honor during AAPM&R’s Annual Assembly in New Orleans for significantly enhancing the quality of life for individuals in vulnerable populations at risk for disabilities. Fleming was honored with the distinguished public service award for her work developing robust treatment programs and for her passion for advocating for individuals with stroke, long COVID, the rehabilitation continuum of care and disparities within health care. She has dedicated much of her work to advocating for health care policies and practices to improve access to care for individuals with disabilities and under-resourced communities. Committee members selected Fleming for the highest distinction and recognition because she exemplifies the values of the AAPM&R and demonstrates the combination of clinical care and advocacy that creates bold leaders within physiatry. Previous award recipients include former first lady Michelle Obama (2012); Cheri A. Blauwet (2017), doctor and paralympic wheelchair racer; Peter Frates (2015), co-founder of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge; and dozens of other world-renowned doctors and researchers. Fleming holds dual board certification in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation as well as Brain Injury Medicine and she serves as the medical director of the Stroke Recovery Program, Post-COVID Rehabilitation Program and Aftercare Programs at JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute. She’s also an associate professor of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine and Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Fleming has presented research both nationally and internationally in areas including stroke rehabilitation, cardiac rehabilitation, brain injury medicine, post-acute care rehabilitation and transitions of care. She is also a leader within the AAPM&R, serving on several executive committees, clinical committees and scholarly journal accomplishments.
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