I was fortunate to have attended the American Physical Therapy Association’s Combined Section’s Meeting (CSM) in Denver, CO where over 18,000 physical therapists, physical therapist assistants and students of physical therapy converged on downtown Denver. Attending the Component Leadership Meetings ahead of CSM programming, I heard more about APTA’s planned Centennial celebrations in 2021 (more about that in a moment), the updates relating to the branding of our professional association, and the current hot topics in our profession on a National level. It never ceases to amaze me how much passion and energy so many have for our profession of physical therapy.
APTA Indiana’s Ambassador for APTA’s Centennial celebrations, Nate Nevin, PT, DPT, also attended the Component Leadership Meeting in Denver. Nate is responsible for helping us in Indiana coordinate our centennial celebrations in 2021. Be on the lookout for more details coming early this Spring about ways to celebrate the 100-year anniversary of our profession.
Later this Spring, the important task of resetting the APTA Indiana Board’s focus will occur. On May 9, you are invited to attend the 2020 Spring Meeting at Bradford Woods where we will, with the assistance of Jennifer Green Wilson, PT, EdD, strategically plan for the next three years. In the lead up to May 9, you will be receiving an invitation to complete a member survey where you can give us your insights into what you feel should be the priorities of the Chapter over the next three years. Please take a few minutes to complete the survey for a chance to win a gift card! We need your input as we move forward. Registration for the Spring Meeting will open on March 20.
As you look to complete your continuing education requirements ahead of the June 30 licensure renewal, check out these great APTA Indiana opportunities.
- March 7 – Pediatric Orthotics and Prosthetics Recommendations and Usage (3 contact hours)
- April 4 – The Hip Bone is Connected to the Knee Bone: Interactive Anatomy and Therapeutic Techniques (4 contact hours)
- May 2-3 – Using the Biopsychosocial Model to Meet the Challenges of Persistent Pain: A Discussion and Lab-Based Course
- Day 1: Considering Pathoanatomical and Psychosocial Factors for Patients With Persistent Pain: A Discussion and Lab-Based Course (7.5 contact hours)
- Day 2: Selecting Interventions for Patients with Persistent Pain: A Discussion and Lab-Based Course (6 contact hours)
- May 11-12 – Credentialed Clinical Instructor Program (16 contact hours)
Watch the weekly e-mail alerts for new courses and go to www.inapta.org for additional details and to register. Don’t forget about the Combined APTA Indiana and APTA Kentucky Conference on September 25-26 in Indianapolis. The planning for this conference is well underway and you can expect many great educational and networking opportunities.
Many of you work with patients who are covered by Medicaid HIP. There is currently an open comments time as HIP looks to renew for another 10 years. Please consider commenting HERE or by sending your comments to me at firstname.lastname@example.org where we can submit on behalf of the Chapter.
Thank you for your APTA Indiana membership. Working together, we have the potential to continue to improve the physical therapy practice landscape which directly impacts the lives, health and wellbeing of Hoosiers.
Emily Slaven, PT, PhD
President, APTA Indiana