The American Physical Therapy Association of Michigan (MPTA) supports physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, and students who work to optimize the health of all people in our communities.
Our goal is to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion within the physical therapy profession to mirror the communities we serve.
- Increase diversity within MPTA membership, leadership, and the profession with inclusion of all underrepresented groups.
- Educate professionals in Michigan to appreciate our similarities, understand our differences to bridge the gap, and create a harmonious partnership when working with various cultural groups.
- Promote engagement with PT professionals, students, and prospective students from minority and underrepresented communities in Michigan.
- Identify the barriers of social determinants of health that impact the entry into the profession and affect the equity within the profession.
- Assist the membership team in recruitment and retention of PTs, PTAs, SPTs, and SPTAs of all underrepresented groups to be MPTA members.
- Assist in recruiting members of underrepresented groups for leadership roles within the chapter.
- Advocate and encourage members of underserved groups to serve on committees including the areas of education, profession development/clinical practice and research.
- Increase awareness of physical therapy as a profession for MI citizens in economic and educationally disadvantaged parts of our state and those of minority backgrounds as a choice for care.
- Create resources for foreign trained therapist coming to Michigan to practice.
- Create resources to educate physical therapists and students on health care disparities among the LGBTQ+ community (history, statistics, why they still persist)
- Come up with solutions that can be implemented to make physical therapy experiences more inclusive towards the LGBTQ+ community (more inclusive intake forms, welcoming environment, dialogue, etc.) and improve care; provide resources to help with identifying needs within the community
- Engage the Michigan physical therapy community (practicing clinicians and universities) in LGBTQ+ advocacy
- Establish a mentorship program for both students and professionals.
- Work with APTA's Minority Affairs division and the Component Member Diversity Committee to increase resources and collaboration at the national membership level
The committee will report to the Board of Directors and the MPTA Vice President will serve as its board contact.
The committee shall consist of at least three members including a chair or co-chairs that are professional members appointed by the Board of Directors.
The committee will use basecamp as a storage site for all committee resources including meeting minutes.
The committee will be at at least twice yearly and communicate electronically in between meetings.
Chair/Co-Chairs: Presides over meeting and directs the members and activities of the committee to ensure that it meets the Mission objectives and action plans are being met.
Secretary: Records minutes of meetings and assists in organizing electronic records stored on basecamp.
Other Areas of Emphasis:
- Social Media
- Blog/Podcast development
- Community Outreach
To become involved go to our volunteer sign up page