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Members with experience/expertise and/or who have provided leadership in prevention, wellness, fitness, and disease management in physical therapy are best suited for this task force. The composition of the task force should include members with experience with a variety of patient populations in a variety of practice settings.
Term of Appointees
Appointees are asked to serve until task is complete.
The Physical Therapist's Role in Prevention, Wellness, Fitness, and Disease Management Task Force will develop and present to the Board of Directors a description of the role of physical therapists in prevention, wellness, and disease management both for individuals and for populations. The work of the task force will assist the Board of Directors in setting direction and priorities for the association in practice, education, research, and public policy in this era of health care reform. Additionally, the task force will recommend strategies to help promote and support the role of physical therapists in these areas of practice.
For the period of January 1, 2013, to December 31, 2013, the Board of Director's determined charge for the Physical Therapist's Role in Prevention, Wellness, Fitness, and Disease Management Task Force is:
- Describe the unique role and value of physical therapists in primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention for individuals and for populations. Analysis of these roles should focus on efficient and effective utilization of resources, including human resources and payment.
- Develop a list of population health priorities that physical therapists can positively impact and where opportunity exists to improve health status of individuals/populations, and make recommendations for advocacy for the unique role of the physical therapist.
- Outline a strategy to enhance member abilities to integrate prevention and health promotion services for individuals and communities into their practices. Include strategies for the provision of these services in new collaborative models of health care.
- Recommend a strategy to promote the role of physical therapists in prevention, wellness, and disease management to the public and to relevant external communities.
- Review APTA's positions, standards, guidelines, policies, and procedures, and statements on prevention, wellness, and health promotion for their application to health care reform and current practice and determine whether they provide appropriate direction for APTA public policy efforts. Make recommendations for revisions, elimination, and consolidation to the Board of Directors for their consideration.
All APTA appointed groups will conduct their work with the Association Organizational Values in mind and in the context of 1) APTA's mission, vision, and strategic plan, and 2) the potential for their work to have implications related to physical therapist assistants, women, diversity, and risk management.
Board Chair: Mary Sinnott, PT, DPT, MEd
Staff Liaison: Nancy White, PT, DPT, OCS, program director, practice management
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