The 2020 Boston Marathon, originally scheduled for April 20, has been postponed to September 14. However, Team IHP runners Kim Erler, PhD ’17 and an assistant professor of occupational therapy, and Jordan Griffiths, SLP ’19, remain committed to exceeding their fundraising goals and training for the new race date.
About Team IHP
Every year, the MGH Institute recruits runners for the Boston Marathon who have a passion for both running and the work being done at the IHP. They are committed to exceeding their fundraising goal of $5,000 each, and conditioning for the 26.2-mile race. Funds raised through our Boston Marathon program benefit a variety of initiatives at the Institute, including academic program support, scholarships, on-campus clinical care centers, and more! Jordan Griffiths, SLP '19 (left, in photo) has elected to support the Dr. Charles A. and Ann Sanders IMPACT Practice Center, and Dr. Kim Erler, PhD '17, will support student scholarships/financial aid.
Since 2011, Team IHP has raised more than $140,000 which has had a tremendous impact on our students, clients, and the community.
We continue to be inspired by their dedication and commitment. Read below to learn more about our runners. You can help them cross the finish line and reach their fundraising goals by clicking on the link to their GoFundMe page.
Questions? Contact Chris Bjork.
Meet Team IHP
Jordan Griffiths, SLP '19
Jordan Griffiths graduated in 2019 with a Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology. Since then, she has gone on to work as a speech-language pathologist CF at a private practice that emphasizes inter-professional collaboration in a sensory-based environment to better support her client’s ability to communicate. Jordan strives to provide play-based, child-led therapy to improve overall access to communication. The IHP helped Jordan identify this area of passion and develop the skills required to provide high quality care. Many of these skills were fostered at the IHP’s Dr. Charles A. and Ann Sanders IMPACT Practice Center (IPC), which allows students to practice in a structured and collaborative environment. She is excited to continue to support the work of the IPC. Jordan grew up in Winthrop, MA, and has been an avid runner since a young age. She has attended the Boston Marathon most of her life as an enthusiastic spectator, including being a finish-line volunteer. It has been a lifelong dream of hers to run the Marathon, and 2020 is the year for her to accomplish it.
Kimberly Erler, PhD '17, OTR/L
Kim is an assistant professor of Occupational Therapy and a 2017 graduate of the Institute's PhD in Rehabilitation Science program. She has been a practicing OT at Massachusetts General Hospital since 2010, treating patients alongside many IHP graduates. Kim believes that our IHP students and graduates are the future leaders of health care. They always put the patient first, demonstrate strong clinical reasoning, and are at the forefront of interprofessional practice. She is passionate about teaching and facilitating student learning and hopes to further support students by fundraising for scholarships. This year will be Kim’s first time running the Boston Marathon!