APTA Pediatrics is proud to bring our members a new, easier integration with the national member database at APTA. Starting in early February, you’ll be prompted to login to www.pediatricapta.org using your APTA Member ID and your unique, self-managed password from the APTA website. We’re hoping that having a single login process for both APTA and APTA Pediatrics will make your use of both websites easier!
APTA Pediatrics awards various types of research grants annually. The purpose of the APTA Pediatrics Research Grants Program is to encourage and assist Academy members to add to the body of knowledge related to improvement of pediatric physical therapy. APTA Pediatrics is accepting Research Grant applications ranging from $1,000 to $30,000 until midnight on June 1. To find out more or to apply, visit the Research Opportunities page on our website and click on APTA Pediatrics Research Grants Program.
We hope to see you soon at APTA’s Combined Sections Meeting (San Diego, 2/23-2/25) – it’s not too late to register! Highlights include:
- Terrific pediatric educational programming, including our CSM Preconference Course “Welcome to the Resistance! Supercool PNF to Improve Pediatric Trunk, Foot, and Ankle Function” (speakers: Amanda Hall, Mary Massery). You can register for this preconference course solo or in addition to CSM. Breakfast and an afternoon snack are provided.
- CSM 2023 APTA Pediatrics Member Breakfast (Thursday, 2/23, 6:30-7:30 am): Join us for breakfast to network with your APTA Pediatrics Special Interest Groups – sponsored by Rifton! Due to space limitations, ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED TO ATTEND THIS EVENT. A plated breakfast will be served. Please bring your confirmation email to the breakfast to verify your registration. Space is capped at 250.
- APTA Pediatrics Business Meeting (Friday 2/24, 6:00-8:00 pm): Join us for appetizers and a cash bar and find out what’s happening with APTA Pediatrics, celebrate our award & scholarship winners, and thank our leaders! (APTA Pediatrics President Cindy Miles is at the end of her second and final term – thank her by signing her electronic card…just click “+Add to board” at the top!)
If you can’t make CSM in person, APTA CSM On Demand will be available 3/15-4/15. #APTACSM
APTA Pediatrics Annual Conference: Register for On-Demand AC22 by 1/28, Submit Proposal for AC23 by 3/15!
- AC 2022 On-Demand - Register by 1/28: Last chance to register for Annual Conference (AC) 2022 On-Demand to access great content and earn up to 30 contact hours! Content will remain accessible until 2/5.
- AC 2023 (Omaha, 10/27-10/29) – Submit Your Proposal by 3/15: The submission site for AC 2023 educational sessions is open!
Thanks to everyone who voted in the APTA Pediatrics election! Congratulations to incoming President Mary Jane Rapport, incoming Chief Delegate Dawn James, incoming Nominating Committee Member Megan Flores, who will start their terms at the end of the APTA Pediatrics Business Meeting at CSM, and to Advocacy Director Maria Jones and Leadership Development Director Erin Bompiani who will be serving second terms. A special thank you to outgoing APTA Pediatrics President Cindy Miles who is at the end of her second and final term – thank her service by signing her electronic card…just click “+Add to board” at the top!
THANK YOU to all the APTA Pediatrics leaders and candidates for the support and energy you give to your profession – our organization is only as strong as our wonderful volunteers! If you’d like to get involved in leadership, we’d love to have you – sign up for APTA Engage to get curated volunteer announcements (also listed in Milestones). Positions up for election in 2023 (to start at CSM 2024) are: Vice President, Secretary, Academic & Clinical Education Director, and Research Director - if you're interested in finding out more, contact the Nominating Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last week’s United States Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade and eliminate federal protection for abortion is a major shift in health care.
Of APTA's numerous policies and positions, none of them refer to abortion, and physical therapists and physical therapist assistants don't perform or directly assist in the procedure. Yet our profession is part of the health care system, and we are providers of prenatal and postpartum care. APTA also advocates on issues related to pelvic health in physical therapy, including the recently introduced H.R. 8181.
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, American Medical Association, American Academy of Family Physicians, American Academy of Nursing, and American Academy of Pediatrics, among others, recognize that "reproductive health care is essential to women’s overall health" and "access to abortion is an important component of reproductive health care."
As a result of this decision, many physicians will be limited in their ability to provide established, evidence-based medicine, and pregnant women now face greater risk to their personal health at a time when maternal mortality rates are increasing, particularly among women from racial and ethnic minorities.
APTA's Code of Ethics calls on physical therapists to "act in the best interests of patients and clients" and to "collaborate with patients and clients to empower them in decisions about their health care."
Our commitment to person-centered services establishes that APTA "opposes efforts by government, institutions, and other entities that may threaten person‐centeredness in the provision of physical therapist services."
As stated by the APTA Academy of Pelvic Health Physical Therapy, pelvic health decisions should be made between patients and their medical providers.
– APTA President Roger Herr, PT, MPA
As states continue to present and pass legislation related to LGBTQ+ rights, we want our communities to know that APTA Pediatrics stands in support of LGBTQ+ youth and their families across the U.S. who continually face legislative actions that undermine their worth, value, health, and well-being. As healthcare providers, we urge those who are considering the passing of such legal measures to recognize that these bills adversely affect the community by removing protection from discrimination and compromising their physical and mental health. We propose including and listening to those who will be directly impacted by these social and political determinants of health. It is only when we listen and understand that we can recognize and overcome healthcare and health disparities that negatively impact so many in our communities.
The following link shows the legislative actions that have been or are in the process of being passed: https://freedomforallamericans.org/legislative-tracker/
Furthermore, if you would like to take action and access more resources about how to better advocate for LGBTQ+ youth and families, please see the following statement of advocacy that was previously written and released by APTA Pediatrics with the help of the APTA Pediatrics DEI Committee: APTA Pediatrics Statement on Transgender Legislation.pdf - Google Drive
APTA Pediatrics DEI Committee, with support from the APTA Pediatrics Board of Directors