At its June 2011 meeting, the House of Delegates adopted a motion charging APTA's Board of Directors (Board) to review the current model of the physical therapist, physical therapist assistant, and physical therapy aide as the only participants involved in the delivery of physical therapist services and to identify other potential models for delivery of these services. This work is being conducted by a Board-appointed task force. During its July 26 meeting, the Board appointed individuals to serve on this task force by reviewing the skills and expertise needed to fulfill the task force's charge and identifying persons from the volunteer applicant pool with the skills and expertise needed. This task force is now formally named the Health Care Professionals and Personnel Involved in the Delivery of Physical Therapy Task Force. In response to inquiries from members about the experience and background of task force members, biographical information about the 11 task force members now is available. Direct any questions to RC3firstname.lastname@example.org.
APTA's Section on Geriatrics has authorized up to $50,000 to be matched dollar-for-dollar with donations made toward the Foundation’s Section on Geriatrics Fund through the end of 2011.
Many grants awarded by the Foundation have been associated with aging-related topics. The section aims to augment the current balance in the Geriatrics Fund, which is designated for research grants. A substantial increase by the end of 2011 will allow for a Geriatric Research Grant to be awarded in 2012.
New Student Assembly Board of Directors and Nominating Committee members for 2011-2012 were elected during the 2011 National Student Conclave (NSC) in Minneapolis on October 22. All APTA student members who attended NSC had the opportunity to cast their vote for Student Assembly leaders.
The following students were elected to the Board of Directors: Colleen Sullivan (Arcadia University), president; Nick Gigliotti (College of St Scholastica), vice president; Kenneth Swantek (University of Nebraska Medical Center), treasurer; Leiselle Pilgrim (UMDNJ – Rutgers Camden), secretary; and Samantha Letizio (Simmons College), director.
Andrew Oliver fromSimmons College was elected student PT delegate. Amanda Rausch from Lake Area Tech was elected student PTA delegate.
The Nominating Committee chair, elected in 2010, is Ashley Henk from LSU - Shreveport. Danielle Barnes from Howard University is Nominating Committee chair-elect; while Chukwuemeka Nwigwe from UMDNJ – Rutgers Camden was elected a Nominating Committee member.