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2020 Home Health Section Awards

The Home Health Section Awards are presented to recipients at the APTA Home Health business meeting at APTA's annual Combined Sections Meeting in February.

The HHS is still accepting nominations for the following awards through January 1, 2020:

  • Emerging Leader in the APTA Home Health Section: Recognizes and honors one Physical Therapist or Physical Therapist Assistant who has demonstrated extraordinary service and clinical passion early in his or her home health career. The individual should have made exceptional overall accomplishments and contributions to the APTA and/or the Home Health Section mission and vision, and to the physical therapy profession to advance quality and evidenced‐based care in the home.

  • Excellence in Home Health Clinical Practice Award: Recognizes a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant for outstanding clinical practice in a home health care setting.

  • Excellence in Home Health Leadership Award: Recognizes the exceptional contribution of an APTA Home Health member in promoting home health physical therapy practice.

  • Friends of the Home Health Section Award: Acknowledges an individual, group or organization that has made an enduring contribution to the home health industry and that has been an advocate of the profession of physical therapy in the home, as is relates to clinical practice and/or regulations.

  • Preceptor Award: Acknowledges an individual that has been chosen by their agency/company to be a preceptor. This therapist demonstrates the unique qualities, high standards and clinical skills that are exemplary. They are organized and able to teach processes and procedures to newly hired staff, molding them into confident and talented home care clinicians.

  • President’s Award: Recognizes a Home Health Section member who has provided notable service to the Section.

To learn more about each award and to submit your nominations, click here


APTA Engage - Volunteer Opportunities

Interested in volunteering nationally or locally within your chapter or section? Volunteers are integral to APTA’s success. Our goal with our new engagement system is to capture volunteer opportunities across the organization and establish a simple process for engaging volunteers. With the use of our new system we hope to encourage volunteerism at all levels by using an intuitive system that makes it easy to find opportunities that best meet your needs. 

Learn More & Volunteer!

Building a community that advances the profession of physical therapy to improve the health of society. 
The American Physical Therapy Association's mission statement reflects why we exist: YOU. Your efforts impact the lives of patients, students, and colleagues on a daily basis. Your engagement in the conversation and the work of this association is how we move this profession forward. Build your community by volunteering. You are APTA. 


CSM 2020 Conference & Exposition

Join us in the beautiful city of Denver, Colorado, February 12-15, for APTA's 2020 Combined Sections Meeting (CSM) at the Colorado Convention Center. Our conference co-headquarter hotels are the Hyatt Regency, and the Embassy Suites, both a short 5-minute walk. CSM 2020 will be the largest physical therapy conference in the country. Get inspired to reach a higher peak in your career with our diverse, forward-thinking programming, as you engage through interactive sessions featuring some of the profession's best and brightest educators.

  • Join 13,000+ attendees from 30+ countries, and get inspired to reach a higher peak in your career
  • Experience 350+ specialty-specific sessions, 50+ preconference programs, and over 1,000 poster presentations
  • Soak up 250+ events where you can network with peers and friends from more than 35 countries
  • Explore 450 exhibiting companies showcasing more than 1,000 cutting-edge products and services
  • Your attendance is equivalent to up to 1.8 CEUs (18 contact hours/CCUs)
CSM Overview & Registration

PTs in the Community

The mission of "PT in the Community" is to impact the lives of locals living in the community that we visit for National PT Conferences, with an emphasis in school-aged children and the homeless population. 

The idea of “PT in the Community” came about in New Orleans, 2018, during CSM. A few of PT's decided to leave the conference center, the area of town all together, and went to a local school fundraiser. They spent time in the community, broke bread with them, danced with them, and donated to their cause. They then realized something that most of us probably already knew, but thought little about. And that is that thousands of us, upwards of 17 thousand, descend upon a city for a few days, but do little for the folks that actually live there. Yes, there have been a couple events geared towards donating money to a local cause, but nothing that facilitated real face-to-face interactions.

2019 was different. A spark was hit and a flame of passion was lit. A handful of PT's decided to pitch in and get supplies to distribute to the homeless of DC. Grabbing others along the way, they put together care packages containing soap, toilet paper, socks, gloves, protein bars, peanuts, sanitary wipes, bananas, oranges, and bottled water. A total of 36 bags were made and distributed, while also getting to learn a little from those that would share.

For CSM 2020, the plan is to do it again! This time an initiative that is two-fold. Educating school-aged children and helping the homeless population.

Educating Kids on Health & Movement
In collaboration with the Colorado Chapter of APTA and the Denver Public Schools, educational assemblies will be held at multiple school locations the afternoon of WEDNESDAY (February 12th) of CSM. The educational material will consist of information on healthier living, the importance of movement & safe physical activity, as well as break out sessions to “MOVE.” We will also be educating on the Physical Therapy profession!

Helping the Homeless
In collaboration with Father Woody's Haven of Hope (a Denver Homeless Shelter), we will be helping to put together care packages and also helping with other hands-on opportunities, such as serving meals!

As you could image, both parts of this initiative will require volunteered time and donated funds to pull it off. We are offering opportunities to present at the school assemblies and serve the undeserved. Donated funds will be used to purchase equipment (such as exercise bands and balance pads) for the schools and items for the homeless care packages. Whether you plan to be in Denver or not, we hope for your support!

Click Here to Donate Your Time!

Click Here to Donate Financially!


Join the ONE by ONE Campaign and Grow Our Collective Voice

The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and The Home Health Section has been built—one member at a time—into an inclusive and impactful community of over 100,000 members, who support APTA's mission of building a community that advances the profession of physical therapy to improve the health of society. APTA's new member referral campaign ONE by ONE allows you to play an active role in building APTA's membership, and earn rewards for doing so.

Any current active APTA member is eligible to participate as a recruiter and eligible to win a ONE by ONE incentive by encouraging a new member to join APTA. To receive credit for each new or reinstated member recruited, online and paper applications must reference the email address affiliated with the recruiting member's APTA membership. Applications without the referring member's email cannot qualify toward an incentive drawing.

Once a new member is on board, they are now also eligible to recruit others ONE by ONE and can be entered into drawings, so recruit early and often! The participating chapter and section with the largest year-over-year growth during ONE by ONE will win a prize. Let's strive to make the Home Health Section the largest APTA section!

The program runs through September 30, 2020. For more information on full eligibility rules, email, and social media templates, plus referral cards that you can share with your colleagues, visit

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