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  • APTA's New Mission Statement: A Healthier Society Through a Strong Community

    APTA has a new mission, and it's all about bringing people together.

    "Building a community that advances the profession of physical therapy to improve the health of society" is now the official mission statement for APTA. Developed by the APTA Board of Directors after the 2017 House of Delegates entrusted the Board to update and maintain the association's mission, the statement is strongly integrated with APTA's vision statement for the profession of physical therapy: "Transforming society by optimizing movement to improve the human experience."

    "The vision statement APTA adopted in 2013 positions the association as an outward-facing organization committed to positive change," said APTA President Sharon L. Dunn, PT, PhD. "Our new mission statement articulates the association's role in that change—by being a place of engagement, where multiple perspectives can be brought together in support of advancing physical therapist practice to create pathways toward a healthier society."

    According to Dunn, as the APTA Board of Directors explored the creation of a new mission statement, members realized that in many ways the association already is living out its mission.

    "Our emphasis on being better together, our recommitment to diversity and inclusiveness, and our energized and connected members pointed the way toward this new mission statement," Dunn said. "We believe it's a forward-looking mission, but it's also a mission firmly rooted in our profession's values and its history of compassion, concern for society, and willingness to make bold moves.


    • I love the mission statement! Thank you, Linda Sylvester, Lpt.

      Posted by Linda Sylvester on 3/20/2018 11:53 PM

    • It seems to me that we're suffering grandiosity creep in our mission statement so let's just jump forward to where this is all ultimately heading. Here's my proposed mission statement: "Doing everything good for everyone and everything everywhere in the universe despite experiencing slow death by bureaucratic strangulation and steadily declining reimbursements in real dollar terms." There. Fixed.

      Posted by Brian Miller on 3/22/2018 7:35 AM

    • Great mission statement! Thank you.

      Posted by Elaine Lonnemann on 3/22/2018 7:55 PM

    • For ways to incorporate an excellent health and wellness program in to your practice please call me and I’d love to share how I did in mine! Steven A. Howe, PT, MS OPTAVIA™ Alabama (205) 567-2056

      Posted by Steve Howe on 3/24/2018 10:11 AM

    • It is a good mission statement. It is not only articulates the professions purpose, but is short , sunccint and concise.

      Posted by Rupa Shastri on 3/24/2018 6:26 PM

    • I totally love the new mission statement. It is very important to have a strong community for ideas and change to come about from many different individuals. Commuity is what ultimately creates a stronger and healither version of ours selfs. Having others in the community accountable for their actinos will eventually make you/others aware as well.

      Posted by Graylyn D. Jefferson on 3/26/2018 11:02 AM

    • Fascinating. Didn't we recently change our mission statement? It seems our mission statement now focuses on societal health. I would imagine that our individual members (in our individual membership organization) mostly deliver healthcare one to one. Improving societal health seems more the auspice of Public Health. No matter. I trust that our members will continue their good work no matter the changing mission statement.

      Posted by Joseph Libera on 4/20/2018 5:14 PM

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