Congratulations to the following members who will serve our Association beginning in 2014!
Newly elected members include:
Treasurer: Steve Johnson
Secretary: Jane Bernatovich
Directors: Kristi Hallisy and Robert Runge
Ethics Committee: Janine Boldra
Delegates: Connie Kittleson, Laurie Kontney, Kathy Zalewski
Alternate Delegate #1: Kay Aiken
Alternate Delegate#2: Lara Bleck
Alternate Delegate #3: Kathy Shields
Nominating Committee: Rob Worth, Scott Straker, Nicole Marquardt
Congratulations and thanks to all who ran and voted in this year’s election!
Amy Helminski, PT, MS, OCS
Chair, WPTA Nominating Committee
Last Spring, the APTA posted funding opportunities for component leaders regarding initiatives related to physical activity, exercise and health promotion. Gwyneth Straker, PT, MS, Co-Chair of the Health and Wellness Committee, with input from the Committee submitted a grant on behalf of the WPTA. The APTA has officially notified WPTA that the project titled "Community partnerships: Making Wisconsin Seniors Strong" has been awarded a $10,000 grant!
The grant will provide funds needed to certify Wisconsin PTs and PTAs as trainers of the Strong Seniors program. The grant will also cover the purchase of equipment necessary to establish six Strong Senior weight training exercise classes across the state. The purpose of the classes is to build strong bones and improve balance in an attempt to empower seniors to slow the onset of osteoporosis and decrease falls. Classes will be available to the general public at no cost. Stay tuned as the Health and Wellness Committee will be working with WPTA districts to implement the grant in 2014.
PT/PTA students would write an essay (no longer than 500 words) to apply that should address and will be assessed in 3 areas:
1) School or community involvement including any job experience
2) WPTA/APTA involvement
3) Goals for professional development and strategy/plan to accomplish these goals upon graduation
WPTA/APTA membership is required
Applications would also include name, address, school, year in school, and APTA ID.
Additionally, 2 professional letters of recommendation would be required.
The applications would be sent to the WPTA Academic Liaison Committee Chair (currently Erik Gregersen at firstname.lastname@example.org) by January 31st (to coincide when other award nominations are due).
The winner would be chosen by the WPTA Academic Liaison Committee (currently 4 members including the chair).
Consider nominating your favorite Physical Therapist for the WPTA's PT of the Year Award for 2013.
Today more than ever, Physical Therapists and Physical Therapist Assistants are an integral part of health care for children, adults and athletes.Here’s your chance to pay tribute to the therapist who’s made a difference in your life or in the life of a loved one. To submit a nomination, please send us a letter of support along with your name, address and phone number. In your submission, include the therapist’s name, address and where she/he practices. A nominating cover letter is available
at the link below.
The 2013 Physical Therapist of the Year will be recognized at the WPTA Spring Conference in the Wisconsin Dells, in April of 2014.
The Wisconsin Physical Therapy Association (WPTA) has pledged to donate $75,000 toward the Foundation’s new initiative, the Center of Excellence for Health Services/Health Policy Research. “The Wisconsin Physical Therapy Association has a long history of supporting the Foundation’s research initiatives and fundraising campaigns, contributing more than $50,000 to the 2007 Major Gifts Campaign,” said Foundation Board of Trustees President William G. Boissonnault, PT, DPT, DHSc, FAPTA, FAAOMPT. “We greatly appreciate the support of the Wisconsin Chapter and its members.”
The mission of the Center of Excellence (COE) is to train the next generation of physical therapist investigators who will gain the skills necessary to examine effective delivery, organization, financing, and analysis of outcomes. Six months into a one-year fundraising campaign for this initiative, the Foundation has surpassed the half-way mark with more than $1.9 million raised toward the goal of $3 million.
“The Wisconsin Physical Therapy Association proudly partners with the Foundation for Physical Therapy to create a Center of Excellence in Health Service and Health Policy Research,” said Wisconsin Physical Therapy Association President, Kip Schick PT, DPT, MBA. “As health care reform continues to be implemented at an accelerated rate, the WPTA understands that the physical therapy profession must demonstrate value that is recognized by consumers, payers, policy makers, and providers by enhancing the client experience, improving societal health, and decreasing the overall cost of health care. This COE is critical to ensuring that trained physical therapists participate and lead health service and health policy research, but who also work collaboratively across disciplines to identify innovative and standardized practice models as well as standardized measurement and data collection tools. The WPTA looks forward to learning about the evidence and outcomes that are generated from the development of a COE, and we are pleased that we are able to support the Foundation for Physical Therapy for such an important and meaningful cause.”
About The Foundation for Physical Therapy
The Foundation for Physical Therapy was established in 1979 as a national, independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality and delivery of physical therapy care by providing support for scientifically-based and clinically relevant physical therapy research by way of doctoral scholarships, fellowships, and grants.
APTA PTeam Alert: APTA’S GRASSROOTS NETWORK – May 2013 Edition
The WPTA has exciting news for you. This year you can support both the Foundation for Physical Therapy as well as the WPT Fund with one donation. For every donation made to the WPT Fund's Legacy Endowment in 2013, the WPTA will send a matching donation to Foundation for Physical Therapy (total donation up to $10,000).
If you have been considering joining or renewing your membership in the Legacy Society, now is the time. Imaging how great you will feel when your donation to the Legacy Endowment supports not only student scholarship and grant opportunities, but an equivalent donation is made to the PT Foundation supporting research. You get twice the donating power as well as twice that