Project Committees (PC)
Student Assembly Project Committees (PC) are established by the Student Assembly Board of Directors (SABoD) for the purpose of supporting the SABoD annual goals. Each PC is comprised of 1 or 2 chairs and 5 to 7 members that are appointed through an annual application process.
Each PC regularly collaborates with an assigned member of the SABoD and APTA staff. The assigned SABoD member will assist the PC Chair(s) and Members in establishing and accomplishing their goals for the year. While the weekly commitments differ for each PC according to tasks and time of year, chairs can expect to devote between 3-7 hours/week and members between 1-5 hours/week performing committee-related activities. Each PC will present their achievements to the Student Assembly at the National Student Conclave.
Student Assembly Liaisons
Student Assembly Liaisons are also appointed by the SABoD through an annual application process and serve as a direct link between the Student Assembly and a specific component of APTA. Liaisons can expect to devote between 2-6 hours/week performing position-related activities.
Participating in a Project Committee or Becoming a Liaison
The 2016 application process is closed. Decisions to appoint Project Committee Chairs and cochairs, if applicable when be made this month. Members of the project committees will be appointed after January. Updates will be posted here as they become available.
2016 Project Committees
Download the roster (.xls) of current project committee members. Read about the 2016 project committees below.
Mission: This committee will foster student opportunities in community service, public health awareness, and engagement with minority and underserved populations by working with APTA staff to develop the profession's commitment to improving health and wellness within the community. This committee will also help inspire the next generation of physical therapists by promoting ways for students to mentor and educate today's youth who are interested in health care careers.
Mission: This committee will work to promote awareness of global affairs concerning physical therapy and various opportunities available for students abroad. The committee will establish connections with the World Confederation of Physical Therapy and the Global Health Special Interest Group under the Health Policy and Administration Section. This committee will also help promote international service learning opportunities for students and connect with international physical therapy programs and associations to increase global networking.
Mission: This committee will promote collaboration, education, and networking between students and professionals across various health care disciplines and specialties. While anticipating health care transformations, this committee will also advance PT and PTA student understanding of and experience with providing patient-centered care as part of an interprofessional team.
Mission: This committee will work with APTA staff to develop and maintain initiatives focused on creating and retaining student membership. It will be guided by analysis of effective targets (e.g. first vs. second vs. third year students) and methods for membership promotion as well as the intention to spread awareness of APTA, the Student Assembly, and the value of membership.
National Student Conclave (NSC):
Mission: This committee will collaborate with APTA staff to develop a student-centered conference that enables attendees to experience the opportunities, support, and community that exists within the physical therapy profession.
Networking & Involvement
Mission: This committee is responsible for connecting interested students with opportunities for involvement within APTA and fostering student experiences through an expanded network. The committee will actively promote opportunities for involvement on possible task forces and focus groups. This committee will also maintain awareness and visibility of APTA section and chapter activities, Core Ambassador, and Student Special Interest Group (SSIG) operations, and other leadership positions.
Mission: This committee will work with APTA staff to promote current advocacy strategies that directly impact the relationship between therapist and client/patient. The committee will assist promotional efforts to educate students on public policy issues impacting the physical therapy profession and demonstrate how to address them through legislative actions.
Student Special Interest Group (SSIG) and Loop Communication Network (LCN)
Mission: This committee aims to keep PT and PTA students aware of, interested in, and involved with APTA opportunities through utilization of the Loop Communication Network (LCN) and Student Special Interest Groups (SSIGs). This committee will promote communication between Core Ambassadors (CAs) and SSIGs while ensuring they have optimal resources to serve students in their states effectively. The committee will also foster growth of LCN initiatives and develop innovative ways to increase engagement and streamline communication by utilizing the LCN.
2016 Student Assembly Liaisons
Mission: This liaison will represent the Student Assembly in collaboration with the American Council of Academic Physical Therapy (ACAPT), which promotes excellence in education, scholarship, research, practice, and service to improve the health and wellness of society.
Foundation for Physical Therapy Liaison:
Mission: This liaison will represent the Student Assembly in collaboration with the Foundation for Physical Therapy, which funds and publicizes physical therapy research, determines the scientific basis and value of services intended to optimize physical functioning, and develops the next generation of researchers.
Mission: This liaison will represent the Student Assembly in collaboration with PTNow, which translates physical therapy knowledge into action, supports evidence-informed care, and helps clinicians improve their clinical decision making.
Mission: This liaison will represent the Student Assembly in collaboration with PT-PAC, (APTA's political grassroots network) which is the fundraising organization that provides access to and influence of legislators to champion physical therapy legislative interests at the federal level.