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  • PTs Among Recipients of Global Health Award

    Physical therapy makes the world a better place, and now 3 members of the profession are being recognized for doing exactly that.

    Health Volunteers Overseas, a nonprofit organization that educates the local health care workforce in resource-scarce countries, announced that Kay Ahren, PT, Mary Christman, PT, and Antoinette "Toni" Sander, PT, DPT, MS, CLT, are among this year's recipients of its "Golden Apple Award" for exceptional contributions to improving global health care. According to a news release from HVO, only a "handful" of providers earn the recognition each year.

    Ahren, an HVO volunteer since 1999, has completed 17 different assignments in 6 countries. HVO describes her as "exceptionally skilled at building relationships" and a leader who "consistently models the behaviors of compassion and understanding."

    Christman has served 9 assignments in Haiti. Her focus on work with the Albert Schweitzer hospital there has helped to improve quality of care not only at that facility, but at many partner institutions. Christman also helped to establish Sustainable Therapy, an organization that provides tuition and living support for Haitian individuals enrolled in university-level physical therapy programs in Haiti and the Dominican Republic.

    Sander has been involved with HVO for 10 years and has "contributed to HVO's mission at every level," according to HVO. She has contributed more than 215 volunteer days, including a 6-month stay in Rwanda. Currently, Sander is working with HVO to establish a new physical therapy training project in Myanmar.

    "The efforts of HVO Golden Apple Award recipients are an integral part of HVO's response to the global shortage of health workers," according to the HVO release. "Each individual honored with this award has demonstrated an impressive commitment to HVO's mission to improve global health."


    • That is awesome! Congratulations to all!

      Posted by Riyaz Manjiyani -> CHX[<J on 4/13/2016 6:08 PM

    • "Golden Apple" recipients reaffirm my faith in the "Golden Rule" & my fellow physical therapists!!

      Posted by Ralph F.Lucarelli, PT,Ed.MS on 4/14/2016 8:18 AM

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