This 6 hour course will provide an overview of the role pediatric physical therapy specialist as an advocate for children and families at the individual, systems, and societal/political levels. According to Merriam-Webster, an advocate is “one who supports or promotes the interests of a cause or group.”
APTA’s Mission Statement: “Building a community that advances the profession of physical therapy to improve the health of society.” Supporting patient health and wellness efforts is the APTA Code of Ethics for the Physical Therapist Principle 8: “Physical therapists shall participate in efforts to meet the health needs of people locally, nationally, or globally,”
Upon completion of this module, Participants will:
- Describe how pediatric physical therapists advocate on behalf of children and families
- Discuss resources and methods to advocate on behalf of children and families
- for children and families (individual)
- in various healthcare settings (systems)
- in federal, state, and local healthcare legislation, rules, and regulations (societal/political)
- Discuss the role of the pediatric clinical specialist in child and family advocacy, healthcare reform, and societal health
About The Speaker(s)
Mary Jane Rapport, PT, DPT, PhD, FAPTA - Dr. Rapport is a Professor in the Departments of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Pediatrics, and directs the University of Colorado Pediatric Residency Program and Faculty Residency Program. She is also the Student Services Coordinator and Director of Admissions in the PT Program. She was a past Director of Interdisciplinary Training and Education at JFK Partners and the CDPHE OT/PT State Consultant for the Health Care Program for CSHCN. She teaches several courses in the PT Program and assists with multiple administrative duties. She is the Co-Director of the Teaching Scholars Program in the School of Medicine. Dr. Rapport has received numerous professional honors and awards, including the Susan B Effgen Advocacy Award from APTA Pediatrics, and is well published in her discipline with over 50 peer-reviewed manuscripts and several book chapters. Her research focuses on pediatric physical therapy services, IDEA law and policy, and physical therapist education.
James (Jim) Moore PT, PhD, Board Certified Pediatric Clinical Specialist - Dr. Moore is an Associate Professor and Vice Chair for Residency Programs at the University of Miami, Department of Physical Therapy. He is Program Director for the University of Miami - Nicklaus Children's Hospital Pediatric Residency Program. He currently serves as chair of the Residency and Fellowship Special Interest Group in the Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy. He teaches professional and post professional physical therapist education with a focus in Pediatrics and Neurorehabilitation. His focus in educational research is DPT and Residency education, specifically in the area of pediatrics.
Kara Kobal, PT, DPT, DHSc, ATC - Dr. Kobal is an Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Pittsburgh. She was the Founder and past Director of the Pediatric Physical Therapy Residency Program at Saint Francis University and continues a consultant and guest lecturer. Dr. Kobal is active in the American Physical Therapy Association-Pennsylvania where she has served in various leadership roles over the past 12 years. Dr. Kobal also serves on the Pediatric Physical Therapy Residency Program Consortium and works to plan and develop shared pediatric residency program content. Her research area of interest is entry-level and post professional physical therapy education.