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Call for Volunteers

The Practice Committee of the Home Health Section is seeking volunteers as contributors and reviewers for the Providing Physical Therapy in the Home Handbook (4th edition - update). The Third Edition was well received, but is now in need of revision due to changing science, the advance of communicable diseases and changing regulations and payment structures. 

If you're interested in joining this Practice Committee Work Group, please click the link 
below and fill out the volunteer form. Additionally, for any questions please contact
Kenneth L Miller, PT, DPT, Chair of Home Health Section Practice Committee,
at [email protected].

CLICK HERE to Volunteer!

 

Presidents Message

Posted: July 2, 2020

Happy 4th of July!

If you are like me, the summer months ~ and the holidays we celebrate during these seasons ~ always lead me to want to have picnics, pool parties, family vacations and neighborhood get-togethers.  3 months ago, with the elevation to pandemic health emergency status in this country, we all hunkered down and kept our sights set on these very summer months . . . and here we are, still deep in the continuing struggle to reduce new diagnoses of COVID-19 infection. 

Let us not lose sight of where we are heading.  Let us not forget what we must do to return to some level of normalcy.  Keep at it – wear masks, maintain social distancing and continue to supplement “in person” with technology-driven interactions.  But there is more.  Take time to notice the effect of our mandated isolation on the planet around us.  It has benefitted.  Nothing captures this better than a poem I came across in my readings by Haroon Rashid. 

Let’s focus our sights now to the Fall season and the future opportunities we can safely enjoy together on the other side of this pandemic; ones where we can acknowledge our environmental impact and work to respect and honor our planet in ways we have moved too far from.  The time for a  “new normal” is upon us.

As always, be vigilant.  Be prepared.  Stay informed.

Sincerely,

Dee Kornetti
President
APTA Home Health Section

 

Presidents Message

Posted: June 18, 2020

I find it unfortunate, yet assuredly overdue, that the events of the last several weeks since George Floyd’s death have been the news to grab the headlines from the pandemic health emergency we, as a country, are still dealing with on a daily basis.  I had the opportunity recently to participate in an event in my town of Fernandina Beach, FL and was proud and honored to march in peaceful protest.  Americans are faced with a level of systemic inequality and racism that should be untenable to each of us, as a healthcare professional.  We see it regularly in the inequities of access to care itself, as well as the impact of other social determinants of health, on our patients. 

I am proud of the American Physical Therapy Association’s recent activities to speak up on this issue.  Dr. Sharon Dunn, APTA President’s message, included here, is something we as an organization can, and should rally around.  Diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) must be demonstrated in our association practices and leadership.  I am proud of the APTA 2020 House of Delegates (HOD) for passing a motion that supports underrepresented minority populations in physical therapy education. This is not enough.  We must work to make it a reality in our association and components.

As we enter into the summer months, the desire to get outdoors, socially congregate and “just relax” continue to drive us forward, through this pandemic health emergency, and back to normal.  I believe a “new normal” is what we should desire ~ one where all U.S. citizens, by virtue of their citizenship, are considered equal in their life, their liberty, and their pursuit of happiness. 

As always, be vigilant.  Be prepared.  Stay informed.

Sincerely,

Dee Kornetti
President
APTA Home Health Section

 

APTA Has Launched Their New Brand & Website

On Monday, June 15, 2020, APTA National launched their new brand and association website — and it’s more than just a new look! The new brand embodies APTA's mission to build a community that advances the physical therapy profession to improve the health of society. The updated website doesn’t just look different — but they have added new functionality to improve service to members. 

For more information about the new brand and website, CLICK HERE!

 

Presidents Message

Posted: June 4, 2020



The gavel has come down on the APTA’s 2020 Virtual House of Delegates!

As I have attended the annual meeting of the House of Delegates (HOD) over my years as Section President, I have come to appreciate the laser-focused efforts of my association colleagues, and wanted to express my sincere appreciation for being able to participate in discussions on the issues that face us as a profession . . . and a nation.  Grassroots protests in the streets of American cities, an ongoing pandemic health emergency, and environmental issues influenced our time together in this year’s House, highlighted by Dr. Sharon Dunn’s message on Racism and Systemic Inequality in America.  Exciting events transpired this year – an APTA bylaws year – as the Council of Section Presidents, in co-sponsorship with the VA Delegation, brought forth the motion (RC 6-20) to grant sections and academies the right to vote.  This motion has been voted on previously, and failed, most recently in 2018.  As it is a bylaw amendment, it required a 2/3 majority to pass . . . and this year it did! 

                        WE HAVE VOTING PRIVELEGES IN THE APTA HOUSE OF DELEGATES!

For the first time in the 60+ year history of the Home Health Section, we will be able to cast votes in our Centennial Year (2021) for candidates for national office, as well as motions on the floor of the House that impact the profession of physical therapy.  This is exciting and will require continuing member involvement in the business of our association to live up to this privilege and accomplish our over-arching goal of #BetterTogether

In addition to this sentinel event for sections and academies – we are approaching our Centennial Year as a profession.  Stay tuned for more information as we launch Section-supported activities and opportunities highlighting our focus on diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI).  Plan to join us next year in Florida for the CSM 2021 where we can celebrate the first 100 years of the profession and move confidently, and representatively, into our next 100 years!

I want to specifically thank our Section Treasurer, Phil Goldsmith, served as Section Alternate Delegate, equally sharing the workload of preparing for this year’s HOD meeting with me.  Thanks, Phil!

As always, be vigilant.  Be prepared.  Stay informed.

Sincerely,

Dee Kornetti
President
APTA Home Health Section

 
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