CSM 2020 is here! I hope to see many of you in Denver. In November of 2019, we celebrated the 10th anniversary of APPTAC (SoPAC) in Disneyland with record attendance; 10 years of MAGIC! At the same time we “kicked” off the celebration of the APTA Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy’s 45th Anniversary; 45 years of VISION! We will continue our Academy’s Anniversary celebration at the Denver Center Performing Arts (DCPA) on Friday February 14th, with over 400 attendees.
CSM 2020 will provide 2 opportunities to serve our host community: http://www.apta.org/CSM/CommunityService/
- Join the APTA Step Challenge!! If CSM attendees, APTA members and staff reach the group goal of 150 million steps in 7 days, APTA will donate $10,000 to help LuBird's Light Foundation. build a wheelchair swing in a Denver park. START STEPPING!!
2. Impact the lives of individuals living in the Denver area, with an emphasis on school-aged children and the homeless population. Donate via the PT in the Community GoFundMe page.
45 years of VISION: APTA Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy has a wonderful history of accomplishments, thanks to the vision and passion of previous leaders and members. I am grateful to all that believed in this adventure from the beginning and understood that we must “keep swimming!” Now, I have so excited to see where our Academy’ new structure will lead us! A change in bylaws was approved unanimously by APTA Pediatric’s membership at CSM 2019. Immediately following CSM several task force were formed to began the restructuring and serving to drive academy initiatives forward. The Leadership Development Task Force has worked extensively throughout this year to ensure a seamless transition of the Board of Directors from Regional Directors to Directors.
The 7 newly elected Directors will assume their role at our CSM 2020 member business meeting. As part of a special election in November 2019, directors were elected into staggered terms, with all 7 non-officer Directors beginning their terms in 2020; 2 Director terms ending in 2021, 3 Director terms ending in 2022, and 2 Director terms ending in 2023. Terms for Executive Committee members remain the same.
The structural change will NOT eliminate communication with members at the state level. In fact the goal is to increase communication and advocacy at the state level. 26 former State Representatives will transition to State Pediatric Advocacy Liaisons (SPALs). Recruitment has begun for open positions within the new network. Our goal is to empower State Pediatric Advocacy Liaisons to collaborate and advocate at chapter levels for all members.
I have been pleased with the change in our call for volunteers over the past 3 years. We are now collaborating with APTA and the volunteer engage platform they developed. All APTA Pediatric committees will call for volunteers through the engage platform. My goal is to include and engage all members in our wonderful academy.
Have you checked out NEWLY DESIGNED WEBSTE!! Please join and engage with academy members on our community forums: https://forums.pediatricapta.org
If you are heading to Denver be sure to join the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Workgroup on Thursday February 13th @ 8 am as they present “Hot Topics in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for Pediatric PTs and PTAs”
APTA Pediatrics along with the APTA has completed a second CPG! “The Management of Children with Developmental Coordination Disorder: An Evidence-Based CPG” will be presented Friday February 14th @ 8 am
2020 will be a new beginning for all of us. As we embrace our past, 45 years of VISION! and look forward to the future - REMEMBER we are all in this together! Let’s continue the vision and passion for the families and the profession WE SERVE. Let’s make the next 45 years the best yet as we serve in our own unique capacity within APTA Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy!
Thank you all for your commitment to the academy, the profession & the families we serve.
Cindy Miles, PT, PhD
ABPTS Board Certified Pediatric Clinical Specialist