At the Dr. Charles A. and Ann Sanders IMPACT Practice Center, members of the community encounter the best approaches to health and wellness, child development, chronic care, and recovery as students from multiple disciplines work in teams to provide exceptional care. Pediatric and adult clients receive comprehensive services addressing a range of needs stemming from speech and language disorders, stroke, brain injury, behavioral health, and other chronic conditions.

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impact practice center health wellness and learning

The IMPACT Center enables student teams from across the health professions to deliver integrated services as part of your clinical education. By providing this free team-based care under the supervision of the Institute's practicing clinician faculty, students enrolled in the nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy, physician assistant studies, and speech-language pathology programs receive a priceless benefit: real-life experience.

Clinical education in the Center involves working with clients as well as learning via simulation with simulated participants. Our client age range is across the lifespan and they receive comprehensive services addressing a range of needs stemming from speech and language disorders, stroke, brain injury, behavioral health, and other chronic conditions. Our simulations enhance your learning through practice in taking histories, communicating with clients, physical examinations, and more. 

A simulation lab provides learning experiences in two acute-care inpatient rooms, equipped with an observation and control room and live video feeds and capture. More than two dozen interactive simulation manikins, including birthing, infant, pediatric, and adult manikins, allow hands-on practice in a simulated real-world environment.

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Care Offered at the Center

The IMPACT Center offers clinical treatment services for members of the community, called clients. Services include health assessment, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech, language and literacy therapy for individuals with:

  • Aphasia
  • Autism
  • Brain injury
  • Children’s communication disorders
  • Developmental issues
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Obesity
  • Parkinson's Disease
  • Reading difficulties
  • Stroke and cardiac disease
  • Other chronic conditions such as diabetes and hypertension

Wellness group programming is provided by a variety of disciplines with interdisciplinary opportunities. Current groups are designed for people with stroke, Parkinson's Disease, and new parents and infants.

We welcome clients from across the lifespan, including adults, children, and newborns with their parents.

We see clients who have no health insurance, have exhausted their benefits, or have chronic conditions not covered by their health insurance.

We serve clients from the Charlestown and Greater Boston area.

We serve clients who often have multiple chronic conditions that require management or referrals.

We offer 4 hours of free parking per visit for our clients in the surface lot outside of the Center and can also help coordinate The Ride pickup if you are unable to coordinate your own transportation. 

The Sanders IMPACT Practice Center – entrance on the first floor of 2CW – is handicap accessible. 

For good directions/GPS, request directions to 2 Constitution Plaza, Charlestown, MA 02129

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At the Dr. Charles A. and Ann Sanders IMPACT Practice Center, members of the community are provided with the best approaches to wellness, chronic care, and recovery as students from multiple disciplines work in teams to provide exceptional care. The 15,000 square foot facility located at 2 Constitution Wharf allows the Institute  to offer more than 10,000 hours of free care and services – valued at more than $1 million – to the Charlestown and Boston area community.

Clients receive comprehensive services that address a range of needs stemming from speech disorders, stroke, brain injury, and other chronic conditions.

Services also include a wide variety of wellness and educational programming for clients and caregivers. These free, supervised services not only change the lives of our clients, but also the future practice of our students as they learn to deliver team-based care.

Donations of any amount will help further the important work of the Center, In addition, the following naming opportunities are available. Donors will be recognized with permanent signage in the Sanders IMPACT Practice Center.

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  • Treatment beds within the treatment rooms
  • Equipment in the Adult Rehab Gym
  • Treatment Rooms 
  • Health Assessment & Exam Rooms 
  • Faculty Observation Room
  • Student Room
  • Faculty Room
  • Reception Area
  • Waiting Area
  • Children's Rehab Gym
  • Community Room

Providing Care for the Community

At the Centers, and in our local communities, students from multiple disciplines work in interprofessional teams to provide exceptional care; giving members of the local community the best approaches to wellness, chronic care, and recovery.  

The Center includes:

  • Adult rehabilitation therapy gym wherein clients with a range of physical disabilities work to improve strength, balance, and coordination
  • Services for children focusing on communication, sensory, and motor challenges
  • 25 private treatment spaces
  • State-of-the-art technology, allowing caregivers to observe live sessions, and faculty to debrief with students using video feedback 
  • Screening and referral services
  • Supportive counseling to address mental health 
  • Caregiver support
  • Educational programming in the 70-seat community room including wellness programs, caregiver and client support groups, and health-related offerings such as yoga, mindfulness, health fairs, and sessions on varied topics such as opioid addiction, diabetes care, obesity, and domestic violence. 

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For GPS, request directions to 2 Constitution Plaza, Charlestown, MA 02129

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Angela N. Cruz, MSPM

IPC Program Manager

IPC Program Manager

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The MGH Institute’s Dr. Charles and Ann Sanders IMPACT Practice Center brings together students from across the health professions to learn and practice in interprofessional teams and to deliver essential free care to the community.

The MGH Institute’s Dr. Charles and Ann Sanders IMPACT Practice Center brings together students from across the health professions to learn and practice in interprofessional teams and to deliver essential free care to the community.

Rachel T. Pittmann, MS-HPEd, MS-CCC-SLP

Director IMPACT Practice Center Interprofessional Education and Practice

Director IMPACT Practice Center Interprofessional Education and Practice