Recording of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Workgroup Town Hall Featuring Dr. Lisa VanHoose Now Available

Thank you to all who attended and participated in the DEI Task Force Town Hall last evening.  If you were not able to attend, or you would like to watch it again,  the link for viewing it can be found here.

Also- the handouts can be found in the following links:

Also- Additional Resources have been gathered by the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Force.  A webpage will be voted to this and other relevant material soon, but in the meantime- you can find it below.


Pediatric Relevant Social Justice Resources

Books and Videos K-6th

• O’Shea, RK. I’m Brown and My Sister Isn’t. (ISBN: 0-9718034-0-4) RKO Enterprises, LaGrange, IL. 2002

Same Difference (A Children's Book Story by Calida Rawles) - Official Video 

• Being Different is Beautiful by and (Diversity Video for Children, Kids, & Schools)-Video 

What does diversity mean? -Video 

Sesame Street for Coming Together: Standing Up to Racism, a town hall for kids and families about racism- Video 

Sesame Street: We're Different, We're the Same | Read Along Series-Video

Toddler Besties Share Huge Hug on Sidewalk

Teaching Young Children About Bias, Diversity, and Social Justice

Social Justice Lesson for Kids: Definition, Issues & Examples 

Social Justice Lesson for Kids: Definition, Issues & Examples - Video & Lesson Transcript 

Inclusion Starts With I - Video

Adolescents, Teenagers, Young Adults or Adults

Uncomfortable conversation with a Black Man -Video

7 Ways We Know Systemic Racism Is Real- Ben&Jerry's

Sharpening the global focus on ethnicity and race in the time of COVID-19

HHS Office of Minority Health (OMH):National Minority Health Month


Workplace Topics

• How to support Black colleagues. Advice from LinkedIn members includes: By Emily Spaven, Editor at LinkedIn

Ask your colleagues how they would like to be supported

Listen and acknowledge their feelings

Hold your peers and managers accountable and report any instances of racism, however big or small they may seem to you.

Mentor: Identify talent within teams and support them with the knowledge and opportunity to succeed.

Speak out, because silence is not allyship

Donate to causes that further education and take action to end racism.

Reading list

Personal Development, Communication Skills, Work Place

• Crucial Conversations – Tools for Talking When Stakes are High by Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, David Maxfield, Ron McMillan, and Al Switzler

• The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey (anything by Covey is good)

Minority Consultant - ie. Dine (Navajo) owned Pax Harvey Consulting -Video

APTA Resources

APTA Continues Strategic Investments to Support Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities: Community-Based Approaches to Health: Thoughts from the Field

Celebration of Diversity

Our Profession Should Be Community-Minded—and Community-Invested

Why I Chose a Career in Physical Therapy- Video

Health Disparities Brought to the Forefront as COVID-19 Spreads

APTA Website – APTA & You – Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

APTA Podcasts

Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) in the Physical Therapy Profession – #XchangeSA


Social Justice Books-Adults

• “The New Jim Crow” by Michelle Alexander.

• “Between the World and Me” by Ta-Nehisi Coates

• “Why are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?” By Beverly Daniel Tatum

• “The Souls of Black Folk” by W.E.B (William Edward Burghardt) DuBois’

• “American Apartheid.” 1993, by Massey and Denton (data driven, systemic examination of the impact of racism)

• “Power and Place: Indian Education in America” by Vine Deloria Jr. and Daniel R. Wildcat (anything written by Vine Deloria Jr.)

• “Indians and Anthropologists: Vine Deloria, Jr., and the Critique of Anthropology Paperback” by Thomas Biolsi and Larry Zimmerman

• There There" by Tommy Orange

• The Scalpel and the Silver Bear: The First Navajo Woman Surgeon Combines Western Medicine and Traditional Healing” by Lori Alvord and Elizabeth Cohen Van Pelt

Institutional Collaborations

Association of American Indian Physicians

Indian Health Service

Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

Rural Hospital Programs

Rural Community Programs

Office of Minority Health

National Medical Association

National Hispanic Medical Association

National Council of Asian Pacific Islander Physicians

Health and Human Services

Safety Net Center

Education for Diversity and Inclusion – self teaching, continuing education

• Continuing education courses for cultural diversity ie. MedBridge

Certificate in Diversity and Inclusion ie. online program with Cornell

United States Census Bureau - State Population by Characteristics: 2010-2019

United States Census Bureau – Quick Facts (2019)

Letter from APTA Pediatrics Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Workgroup

Dear Member of APTA Pediatrics,

Recent events confirm that we are living in unprecedented and disturbing times. The Diversity Equity and Inclusion workgroup strives to create an equitable place for all within APTA Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy. We promote creating a safe space for dialogue and action. APTA President Dr Sharon Dunn’s has presented a clear message against racial disparities, systemic inequality and violence (, and APTA Pediatrics President Cindy Miles, during last week’s town hall meeting, challenged pediatric therapists to imagine the possibilities where we can make a difference. She went on to say that “for centuries a systemic virus has caused generations of death, anguish, fear, economic disparities, education disparities, health disparities, horrifically separated families. Are we as Americans finally ready to face, to acknowledge, to defeat racism? Has the death of George Floyd, a Black man, and what has followed as Americans united in solidarity responded to the latest act of unwarranted violence against people of color, been the catalyst for us to finally say enough is enough?“

We believe that the APTA Pediatrics membership should stand strong against inequity, racism, violence, and any form of authoritative abuse, including police brutality against Black people. The members of this committee do not tolerate such behaviors. We vehemently oppose the recent brutal killing of several African American individuals at the hands of the local police authority and civilians, to include but not limited to George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery.

The mission of Black Lives Matter is to eradicate white supremacy and build local power to intervene against violence inflicted on African-American communities. Their goal is to combat and counter acts of violence, creating space for imagination, innovation, and centering Black joy. We all must stand up against racism and violence targeted at individuals based solely on the color of their skin, race, or gender. We must realize that white privilege is real and exists. We must realize that many African-American families worry daily if a family member will be inappropriately stopped by police, targeted by a complete stranger based on skin color, or killed for no other reason except they came in contact with a person who was threatened by their very existence. And truth be told, this may be a novel notion to many of us, as these thoughts may never enter our consciousness based on one's background.

It is time to stand up peacefully and work with all our resources and spirit to show authorities, politicians, and your neighbors that violence against Black people is not moral, ethical, or correct in any way and is totally unacceptable. It is also time to stand for health equity. As we have seen, communities of color have been disproportionately impacted by the Coronavirus. COVID-19 does not affect people of color exclusively, but it does affect people with comorbidities that are directly related to disparities in health care access and other social determinants of health. APTA and APTA Pediatrics denounce racism, violence against people based on skin color, and lack of access to healthcare based on skin color and income level. We encourage our membership to peacefully protest demanding action, new policies, and practices. Become involved in your community, local, state and national levels to rewrite discriminatory policies and laws. Demand that health access is more available and that barriers preventing access to health care for underserved and underrepresented are eliminated. We especially support our members who are from underrepresented or under-resourced groups to become involved in APTA Pediatrics committees and leadership positions.

In addition to acting as a group, we can also act as individuals and make changes at the micro-level which will eventually impact the macro level. Consider the following activities (there are many more, these are just to get you started):

1. Watch the Sesame Street production, Sesame Street for Coming Together: Standing Up to Racism, a town hall for kids and families about racism with your family and your friends and have meaningful discussions with young and old about the negative impact of racism on all of us. and

2. Contribute to various legitimate organizations/ funds that work to improve equity for all people:

a. The American Academy of Physical Therapy: Http://Www.Aaptnet.Org

b. The Bail Project: www.Bailproject.Org

c. Rolling Stone Provides A Nationwide List of Groups to Contribute to: Https://Www.Rollingstone.Com/Culture/Culture-News/George-Floyd-Protests-Bail-Funds-Police-Brutality-Black-Lives-Matter-1008259/

d. 75 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice

Together we can and will improve society. Now is the time to say enough is enough, now is the time to demand equity and inclusion for all. We leave you with the words of APTA President Sharon Dunn, PT, PhD, Board Certified Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist There is nothing healthy about racism. Its a disease of the heart and mind that has infected not just people but customs, systems, and laws. There is no vaccine. We must be the cure.”


APTA Pediatrics Diversity Equity and Inclusion Workgroup

(Members: Robbie O’Shea, PT, DPT, PhD; Mica Mitchell, PT, DPT, C/NDT; Ron Meade PT, DPT; Nia Mensah, PT, DPT, PCS, C/NDT; Eunice Shen, PT; Lori Glumac, PT; Erin Butler, PT, DPT; Cheryl Kerfeld PT, MS, PhD; Yassar Salem PT, PhD, MS, NCS, PCS; Julie Tan, PT; Emily Quinn, PT, DPT; Nicholas Kelly, PT, PCS; Mathew Raters PT; KT Jones, PT, DPT; Sara Montgomery, PT, DPT)

Recording of 5/26/20 Webinar: Pathways to Practice Midstream COVID and Beyond

Recording of "Pathways to practice midstream COVID and Beyond" webinar (5/26/20): 

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Please note that the introductions and first few minutes of the webinar were accidentally not recorded.

Speakers: Cindy Miles, PT, PhD, PCS; Jonathan Greenwood PT, MS, DPT, c/NDT, CEIS, PCS; and Nikki Gilroy PT, DPT.


APTA Seeks IDEA Part C Stories

APTA signed onto a letter requesting $300 million for Personnel Preparation in Part D of IDEA, which was sent to every office in the House and Senate as well as staff on key appropriations and authorizing committees. Also, APTA, AOTA, ASHA and the IDEA infant Toddler Coordinators Association convened a work group to focus specifically on Early Intervention Services, requesting IDEA funding with special emphasis on Part C, as it often gets overlooked or lumped into general IDEA appropriations. In their discussions with Hill staff, there was an expressed need for stories from the front line of early intervention providers (these anecdotes help them sell their position to other members of Congress and provides general insight as to why this area needs special attention). Accordingly, a survey has been created to collect those stories – please contribute at

Recording Available for School SIG Webinar 6/9/20: Strategies for Service Decisions for School-based PTs

SSIG Webinar: Dosing Concepts and Strategies for The School Based Practitioner (Sue Cecere, recorded 6_9_2020)

Meeting Recording:

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COVID-19 General Resources


(UPDATED 5/18/2020)


President APTA, Sharon Dunn address to membership

From National Health Law Program

You tube from APTA Cardiovascular & Pulmonary Section

COVID corner from the University of Alabama at Birmingham Department of PT: General COVID information & resources, incentive spirometry, aerosolized activity and more

Information on incidence and severity of COVID 19 in children in the United States


Advocating for human rights for individuals with disabilities during emergencies

Alerts for pediatric conditions potentially associated with COVID-19:


APTA recorded webinar on advocacy and COVID-19. Provides an overview of some of the provisions included in the CARES Act enacted by Congress, as well as APTA’s policy recommendations for the next COVID relief package currently being formulated by Congress.

Listing of COVID 19 resources across all APTA academies and sections (May 6)




3/30/2020 COVID-19 Changes to HCBS Using Appedix K: Approval Trends

3/19/2020 Overview on Using Medicaid to Respond to COVID-19



Department of Education COVID 19 resources

Student Privacy Policy Office FERPA & Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) March 2020

CDC’s Coronavirus Disease-2019 (COVID-19) Guidance for School Settings


National Center for Learning Disabilities: resources for students, educators and parents regarding the shift to online learning



You tube from APTA Cardiovascular & Pulmonary Section

Alerts for pediatric conditions potentially associated with COVID-19:


APTA recorded live webinar on COVID and hospital in/out patient services



COVID-19: SIG Town Hall Recordings



School-based Physical Therapy SIG


School SIG Region I Town Hall (4/29/2020) Meeting Recording: (Access Password: 0Y!854N?)


School SIG Region II Town Hall (3/30/2020) Meeting Chat:

(no password)


School SIG Region III Town Hall (4/23/20) Meeting Recording: (Access Password: 0Z&1Ct2&)


School SIG Region IV Town Hall (4/24/20) Meeting Recording: (Access Password: 8J@5=4@6)


School SIG Region V Town Hall (4/27/20) Meeting Recording: (Access Password: 1S**9@!7)


School SIG Region VI Town Hall (3/31/2020) Meeting Recording: (no password)

School SIG Region VII Town Hall (5/11/2020) Meeting Recording: (no password)

Adolescents & Adults with Developmental Disabilities and Sports-Fitness SIGs

AADD SIG and Pediatrics Sports-Fitness SIG Town Hall (4/10/20) Meeting Recording:

Hospital-based and Neonatal Physical Therapy SIGs

Hospital Based and Neonatal SIG Town Hall (4/13/2) Meeting Recording:

Early Intervention SIG

EI SIG Town Hall (4/16/20) Meeting Recording:



School SIG Practice Webinar Information

School-based Special Interest Group Webinars

The School SIG hosts periodic webinars on issues related to school-based practice. Recordings are provided below.


SATCo & Segmental Positioning in Schools webinar recording (includes chat) from 5/5/2020:  

Please note: People should NOT create videos (or use these images in any way) from this.The families and clinicians shown have been very generous allowing videos of their children for data reduction and permitting us to use these videos for education purposes. But they are from member viewing ONLY. Additional resources from the speaker are available to members, please contact your SSIG regional representative or email


Research Supported Interventions for SBPTs webinar recording: Thanks to Andy Ruff, Wendy Harrell and the SSIG Engaging Membership subcommittee!

School SIG Regional Town Hall Recordings

School-based Physical Therapy SIG Town Hall Recordings


School SIG Region I Town Hall (4/29/2020) Meeting Recording:

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School SIG Region II Town Hall (3/30/2020) Meeting Chat:

(no password)


School SIG Region III Town Hall (4/23/20) Meeting Recording:

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School SIG Region IV Town Hall (4/24/20) Meeting Recording:

(Access Password: 8J@5=4@6)


School SIG Region V Town Hall (4/27/20) Meeting Recording:

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School SIG Region VI Town Hall (3/31/2020) Meeting Recording: (no password)

School SIG Region VII Town Hall (5/11/2020) Meeting Recording:  (no password)