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Improving DEI in the profession and association is one of APTA's strategic priorities.

Our strategic plan includes an objective to foster the long-term sustainability of the physical therapy profession by making APTA an inclusive organization that reflects the diversity of the society the profession serves.

We are expanding student recruitment efforts through our diversity pipelines project. We are creating a DEI standing committee to provide strategic counsel. And we are directing net proceeds from our centennial-year activities toward our DEI efforts through the Campaign for Future Generations.

APTA supports efforts to increase diversity, equity, and inclusion to better serve the association, the profession, and society.

Email dei@apta.org to share your ideas for how to improve DEI within our physical therapy community.


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