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UW-Madison's Larson to receive first 4W Innovation Award

March 27, 2017

UW-Madison’s Elizabeth Larson was awarded the inaugural 4W Innovation Award.

Larson is an associate professor of occupational therapy with the School of Education’s Department of Kinesiology.

The 4W Program (Women, Well-being in Wisconsin and the World) is a collective of interdisciplinary leaders focused on improving the quality of women’s lives in local and global communities. This new award, supported by the Women’s Philanthropy Council, is intended to support a key research-to-action initiative that will benefit women’s health and well-being, and improve gender equity.

Beth Larson
Larson will be celebrated at the second annual 4W Summit, April 27-29.  Her proposal will advance the “5Minutes4Myself Wellness” program for caregivers of children with autism, to lay a foundation to develop it as a deliverable service.

The 5Minutes4Myself program was developed over five years with and for caregivers. It is designed to deliver individually tailored habit-building supports and coaching for an occupation-based wellness program.

Caregivers are asked to identify occupations, daily activities that occupy time, that will promote their well-being. Each caregivers’ program, with our intentional individualized design process, fits her or his life constraints and is intended to promote participation in activities that bolster mental and physical health and well-being.