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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.

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 to share your ideas for how to improve DEI within our physical therapy community.

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Cultural Competence in Physical Therapy

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Thinking Beyond Pipelines: Creating More Person-Centered Career Pathways

Feb 24, 2021 / Perspective

How will we address the challenges at the other end of the pipeline?

Shaping Our Next 100 Years: Creating a Tool for Change

Feb 23, 2021 / Perspective

We can engage now, not at some point in the future.

Overcoming Isolation: Creating a Mentoring Group for Black Women PTs

Feb 19, 2021 / Interview

The connections made in these groups are the building blocks for stronger connections throughout the profession as a whole.

Turning Concept Into Action: Creating a Roadmap for DEI Committees

Feb 16, 2021 / Perspective

I was convinced there had to be a way to scale the access to this information and to get it into more hands at the click of a button rather than individual phone calls.

How Have You Worked to Improve DEI? We Want To Know

Feb 10, 2021 / News

Fill out a brief activity report and share your efforts, past or ongoing, to make a change.

Word: APTA Offers New Resources Focused on Language Differences

Feb 2, 2021 / News

We're sharing information related to patients with limited English proficiency, along with Spanish translations of APTA resources.

It's Time to Acknowledge That White Privilege Exists

Jan 26, 2021 / Perspective

What I’ve found is that white people fail to acknowledge the tailwinds that carried us forward and the headwinds our colleagues fought through.

Cultural Competence Resources: Race and Ethnicity

Jan 15, 2021 / Article

A baseline for beginning to explore cultural competence as it relates to race and ethnicity.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee Structure for Components

Jan 14, 2021 / Resource

APTA chapters and sections can use this framework create and maintain an effective DEI committee.

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