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The Home Health Section was founded in 1956 as the Public Health Section of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). The Home Health Section is a specialty component of the APTA, serving physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, and physical therapy students who either specialize in or have an interest in the practice of physical therapy in the home health setting.

The Home Health Section's purpose is to provide a means by which Association members having a common interest in the delivery of physical therapy in the home and other alternative settings within the community may meet, confer, and promote these interests.

The goals of the Section are:

  • To conduct, at meetings of the Section, programs devoted to home health issues of interest to members of the Association. 
  • To provide guidance and advice to the Association regarding the delivery of physical therapy in the home health setting. 
  • To provide guidance and leadership, at the academic and clinical levels of physical therapy education, pertaining to the involvement of Physical Therapists and Physical Therapist Assistants in the delivery of care in a home health setting. 
  • To promote Physical Therapist and Physical Therapist Assistant participation in home and community health planning. 
  • To monitor national legislation dealing with the delivery of health care within the home setting. 
  • To encourage research, promote the development of new knowledge, and foster contributions to professional literature. 
  • To provide such services as will further the objectives of the Section.
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