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It's been five months since George Floyd was murdered — five months since the start of the latest wave of civil unrest in America, with people again calling out for change in the face of continued violence against Black, indigenous, and people of color.

President Sharon Dunn and APTA were quick to take a stance on the matter, publishing a public statement on behalf of our profession and its members. The statement read, "Physical therapy is a profession committed to serving our society. Serving all patients in an equitable manner demands being anti-racist."

Reaching APTA’s strategic goal of becoming a more diverse and inclusive profession and completing all the work required to get there — such as modifying higher education practices and increasing the physical therapy presence in underserved communities — is going to take time. But I’m optimistic and encouraged by recent developments within our profession.

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