In what it describes as an effort aimed at "changing the face of physical therapy" the Foundation for Physical Therapy (Foundation) announced that it has raised $3 million to fund a program dedicated to training physical therapists in health services research. The Foundation's Center of Excellence is set to launch in 2015 thanks to donations from APTA, many of its state chapters, APTA components, and a long list of corporate and private donors.
The Center of Excellence for Health Services/Health Policy Research (COE) will focus on significantly expanding the number of physical therapist (PT) investigators specializing in research around health services and policy. The project was created in response to a lack of sufficient data related to physical therapy in services/policy research, and a shortage of PTs with the skills to conduct this kind of research.
Work to bridge these gaps will begin when the Foundation awards a $2.5 million grant to launch and manage the COE. Current Foundation plans are to begin accepting letters of intent later in 2014 and to grant the award in 2015. The Foundation will continue to raise funds for the campaign to strengthen its ability to offer health services/health policy research grants and scholarships along with clinical research awards.
In a Foundation press release (.pdf), Foundation Board of Trustees President William G. Boissonnault, PT, DPT, DHSc, FAPTA, FAAOMPT, thanked all who participated in the fundraising efforts and stated that the financial support "Will put us on the road to changing the face of physical therapy, securing our place in the future of health care, and dramatically improving the quality of care we provide to our clients."
Contributions to the Foundation are tax-deductible and can be made online or sent to Foundation headquarters at 1111 N Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314. For more information, e-mail Foundation staff or call 800/875-1378.
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