Making a Positive Local Impact at APTA Combined Sections Meeting
APTA is committed to using our national conferences as opportunities to make a positive impact on the local community and live our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Here are some of the actions and attendee opportunities we have lined up for APTA CSM in San Antonio, Feb. 2-5.
Helping LGBTQ+ Youth Thrive
APTA is supporting the Thrive Youth Center, which provides young LGBTQ+ adults who are homeless with a safe and supportive environment to facilitate their empowerment toward transforming their lives. Thrive services include an emergency shelter, rapid rehousing, street outreach, and mental health support. APTA will make a direct financial donation to Thrive, and their leadership will be in the APTA Pavilion within the exhibit hall to interact with attendees.
Showing Our Pride
APTA will debut a T-shirt with the APTA logo that incorporates the traditional six LGBTQ+ pride colors. The shirts will be available for purchase onsite and online, and during the months of February and March all proceeds will go directly to San Antonio's Thrive Youth Center, adding to APTA's direct donation. To see the shirts onsite, visit the APTA Pavilion within the exhibit hall.
The grassroots APTA member initiative will support APTA's PT Moves Me campaign to connect with local K-8 students through educational and physical activity sessions — a great chance to show the next generation who PTs and PTAs are and what you do. Sign-up opportunities will be provided through the PT in the Community website.
In collaboration with PT in the Community, APTA will provide collection areas for attendees to donate athleticwear that will be given to local people in need. Requested items will be listed here and provided in the final attendee email in January.
PT in the Community is coordinating other opportunities in San Antonio, including an activity with Street2Feet, which offers walking/running training for individuals experiencing homelessness, and a yoga event fundraiser with APTA's PT Proud to benefit the Thrive Youth Center. Opportunities to volunteer will be posted on the PT in the Community website, or you can make a monetary donation to support these efforts, which include sponsorship by multiple APTA chapters and sections/academies.
Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
APTA is committed to increasing diversity, equity, and inclusion in the association, profession, and society. In 2021, APTA's Board of Directors and House of Delegates committed our association to "pursue safe, inclusive experiences for attendees of national conferences/events" and "identify and promote opportunities for members and attendees to make a positive impact on the needs of vulnerable health populations" through those events.
The above opportunities to make a positive local impact are just a few of the ways our association will live our commitment to DEI at APTA CSM 2022.
APTA CSM will continue to offer rooms for nursing mothers, all-gender restrooms, ASL interpretation upon request, and live captioning for our on-demand conference experience.
We also will make a land acknowledgment to recognize Indigenous peoples who are the original stewards of the land where the conference is being held and will invite local Indigenous peoples to visit with our attendees.
The APTA Pavilion within the exhibit hall will have handouts about APTA's DEI activities and recommended reads selected by our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee.
Finally, we are excited to bring the PT Fund Celebration of Diversity event to APTA CSM. This fun-filled event on Thursday, Feb. 3, from 7 to 11 p.m., celebrates diverse perspectives, cultures, and values. Tickets are $60 and proceeds benefit the APTA Minority Scholarship Fund, which provides scholarships to PT and PTA students and faculty of ethnic and racial minorities. Tickets can be purchased when registering for APTA CSM.
If you would like to learn more or get involved, please visit us in the APTA Pavilion in the exhibit hall at APTA CSM, or email email@example.com.