Working Towards Health Equity and Justice Within the World of Rehabilitation
NOTE: This course was offered at the APTA Michigan 2020 Fall Conference. We are offering it now as a free webinar for the purpose of awareness and education. This course does not convey any CEU/PDR credits.
Within Michigan and around the world, the current offer of rehabilitation services is inadequate and inequitably distributed. Per the APTA’s code of ethics, physical therapists are obliged to work towards reducing health disparities and health care inequities. Case scenarios on current issues like COVID-19 and race will be utilized in this course to explore issues related to equity and justice specific to the physical therapist. Small breakout sessions will facilitate participants to discuss difficult questions like how am I contributing to the development or maintenance of inequities within rehabilitation and what practical actions can I take to work towards justice? This course is sponsored by the APTA Michigan Oncology SIG
April Gamble PT, DPT, CLT is a licensed physical therapist who earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in Michigan, USA. She has developed a global health expertise with a special interest in collaborating with local providers to develop rehabilitation services for underserved populations. April is the CEO of ACR - The American Center for Rehabilitation which is based in Kurdistan, Iraq. In this role she leads the development of equitable rehabilitation services in both private and public sectors and in a manner that meets the needs of the diverse communities in Kurdistan. April also regularly consults with various local NGOS and international NGOs including Heartland Alliance International, Humanity and Inclusion, and DIGNITY – Danish Institute Against Torture in order to develop rehabilitation and mental health services for survivors of torture and war trauma in prisons, detention centers, community clinics, and refugee camps. Additionally, she is the 2019 recipient of the International Association for the Study of Pain’s Developing Countries grant which will result in over 250 Kurdish physiotherapists being equipped with the skills and knowledge to treat pain from a biopsychosocial approach.
April currently serves as secretary for the Health Policy and Administration Section (HPA) Global Health Special Interest Group and the chair for the Global Outreach Committee of the APTA Michigan Oncology Rehabilitation Special Interest Group. April’s publication credits include textbook chapters in international texts and articles in peer reviewed international journals. She has delivered a variety of presentations at national and international meetings including the WCPT Congress (2015, 2017, 2019) and APTA’s annual conferences (2017, 2019, 2020). April’s current research and advocacy interests involve advancing services globally for vulnerable populations that are under-assessed and under-treated.
Prisca M. Collins, PT, PhD is an associate professor and Director of Community engagement in the School of Physical Therapy at Florida Southern College (FSC). She holds a PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences with a focus on Policy, Organization and Management Studies. Dr Collins is a licensed physical therapist with over 20 years of clinical experience. Her teaching expertise is in psychosocial aspects of physical therapy, evidence-based practice, and physical therapy administration. Her research is focused on the use of community-based participatory approaches to address psychosocial factors that predispose individuals to developing chronic health disorders; and improving accessibility of healthcare services for underserved populations. Currently she is principal investigator for a project utilizing physical activity to promote healthy weight and healthy blood pressure among under-insured and non-insured residents of Polk County, FL; funded by the Florida Physical Association Catherine E. Patla community awareness grant.
Dr Collins has worked internationally as a physical therapist in Botswana and participated in a medical mission to Zimbabwe through her local church. She served as a member of the Illinois Physical Therapy Association (IPTA) Research Awareness and Support Committee, and on the IPTA Continuing Education committee. She currently serves as a member of the nominating committee of the Health Policy Administration Section (HPA) - Global Health Special Interest Group. She has published scholarly articles on the training of culturally responsive evaluators committed to social change & social justice; disparities in PT & OT workforce distribution; and effectiveness of mechanical traction for the management of cervical radiculopathy.
Jill Binkley, PT, MSc, CLT, FAAOMPT is Program Director and Founder of TurningPoint Breast Cancer Rehabilitation, a non-profit 501(c)3 healthcare organization. Jill has extensive experience as a clinician and educator in the fields of breast cancer rehabilitation, orthopaedic physical therapy and manual therapy. She is a Certified Lymphedema Therapist and a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy. She has over 25 peer-reviewed publications and has presented locally, nationally and internationally on outcome measurement in physical therapy and breast cancer rehabilitation. As a breast cancer survivor, Jill is a passionate advocate for increased attention to the unmet physical and emotional side effects of breast cancer treatment and the role of rehabilitation and exercise in improving the quality of life of breast cancer survivors. Jill is a member of the Oncology and Orthopaedic Sections of the American Physical Therapy Association and serves on the Editorial Board of Rehabilitation Oncology.
Mallory Mark, PT, DPT received her B.S. in Health Science from the University of Dayton in 2014 and is a 2016 graduate of Chatham University’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program. Following graduation, Mallory worked in an inpatient rehabilitation setting with both the neurologic and oncology population. She moved to Atlanta in 2019 and joined the TurningPoint Breast Cancer Rehabilitation team, where she now specializes in providing evidence-based care to individuals impacted by breast cancer. During her time at TurningPoint, Mallory has curated and instructed various patient monthly educational events and served as an instructor for a weekly exercise class titled “Work Out Wednesday”. Additionally, Mallory has co-authored a paper titled” Meeting the Rehabilitation and Support Needs of Breast Cancer Patients During Covid-19: Opening New Frontiers in Models of Care Delivery” to be published in the journal of Rehabilitation Oncology in October 2020. In her spare time, she volunteers at a local hippotherapy program where she serves children with developmental disabilities and breast cancer survivors.