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  • PT Reelected to USBJI Board, New President Takes the Helm

    Anita Bemis-Dougherty, PT, DPT, MAS, APTA director of clinical practice, has been reelected as secretary of the United States Bone and Joint Initiative (USBJI).

    Steve Gnatz, MD, MHA, has taken over as the new president; he had been president-elect. Gnatz said 2 of his priorities as president will be gaining a better understanding of members' interests and looking for ways to serve those interests while advancing USBJI's mission. He said asking the question "How will this create or add value to our members?" is a good barometer for evaluating proposed new efforts. "This question can also help assess current programs and consider how they might be modified or enhanced," he added.

    Other physical therapists on the 21-member USBJI Board are Jan K. Richardson, PT, PhD, OCS, FAPTA, and Paul A. Ullucci Jr, PT, DPT, ATC, SCS, LAT, CSCS, C-Dsc.

    USBJI brings together US organizations concerned with musculoskeletal health. It is one of more than 60 national action networks of the worldwide Bone and Joint Decade, a global alliance endorsed by the United Nations and the World Health Organization.

    Foundation for Physical Therapy Center of Excellence Campaign Goes Public

    The Foundation for Physical Therapy plans to launch the public phase of a campaign to establish the nation's first center dedicated to expanding the number of physical therapy scientists in the field of health services and health policy. The announcement will take place June 27 at the Foundation's annual gala at this year's APTA Conference and Exposition.

    The mission of the Center of Excellence (COE) is to train the next generation of physical therapist investigators who will gain skills necessary to examine effective delivery, organization, financing, and analysis of outcomes.

    The one-year fundraising campaign has surpassed the half-way mark, with $1.7 million raised toward the goal of $3 million. Its progress so far is due in large part to a leadership pledge of $1 million from APTA and through 100% participation in the campaign from the Foundation's board members.

    Other significant contributors include APTA's Tennessee Chapter, Wisconsin Chapter, Section on Geriatrics, Home Health Section, Neurology Section, Orthopaedic Section, Private Practice Section, Section on Research, and the Sports Physical Therapy Section.