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.
Some of our association's current activities include:
- Expanding student recruitment efforts through our diversity pipelines project.
- Increasing DEI fundraising through our Campaign for Future Generations.
- Creating a standing committee to provide strategic counsel on DEI.
And we want to hear from you! Use the DEI activity report form to share your actions to improve DEI within the profession and association so we can identify changemakers and best practices.
Email email@example.com to share your ideas for how to improve DEI within our physical therapy community.
Dec 15, 2021 / Article
Feb 1, 2021 / Feature
May 21, 2020
Cultural competence isn't a destination; it's a journey that never stops.
Jun 2, 2020
Evidence shows racial and ethnic disparities exist across a range of illnesses and health care services.
Apr 20, 2021
Charlene Portee, PT, PhD, fellow of the American Academy of Physical Therapy, delivered the second Lynda D. Woodruff Lecture on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Physical Therapy.
Additional Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Content
Nov 18, 2021 / Policies & Bylaws
APTA is committed to increasing diversity, equity, and inclusion in the association, profession, and society.
Oct 22, 2021 / News
A three-part online learning program addresses the "pillars" of understanding DEI and how to empower real change.
Oct 15, 2021 / News
The 2021 APTA Flash Action Strategy begins with a virtual event, followed by a two-day effort to support a proposed federal grants program.
Sep 15, 2021 / News
The association's representative body of the membership addressed racism, DEI, PTA involvement, COVID-19, productivity standards, and more.
Sep 9, 2021 / Podcast
Have you ever stopped to think about your bias? In ways big and small. Awareness, empathy, and with inclusivity are the themes we discuss in this episode.
Sep 7, 2021 / News
A two-year effort to double funds could hit its mark with centennial happenings, the new APTA HQ — and your donations.
Aug 18, 2021 / Perspective
Faculty can be more intentional in making small but necessary changes in academic physical therapy to overcome at least some of the bias they possess.
Jan 9, 2020 / Position Paper
By providing colleges and universities funding to attract and retain students from underrepresented and disadvantaged backgrounds, this legislation would boost the number of minorities in the health profession workforce and correct the underrepresentation in these fields.
Jun 29, 2021 / News
Charlene Portee delivered a frank assessment of where things stand, and an inspiring vision for courageously embracing change.
Jun 9, 2021 / Interview
Charlene Portee says new strategies — and then, action — are what's needed to strengthen diversity, equity, and inclusion in the profession.