Diversity Equity and Inclusion Committee
The committee oversees the Chapter's Strategic Plan Goal to foster the long-term sustainability of the physical therapy profession by making APTA Maryland an inclusive organization that reflects the diversity of the society the profession serves. Learn How You Can Make an Impact
The DEI initiative started with member townhalls to shape the structure and goals of the committee. That launched 4 workgroups tasked with developing action plans to address the committees goals. Now that the structure has been put in place, we are pulling it all back together.
The DEI Committee meets the 2nd Thursday of the month at 7:30 pm. The next meeting is October 14th.
APTA Maryland Centennial Scholar is LaDonna Dingle
- Educate students on the physical therapy profession to improve diversity within the workforce. K-High School and Community Colleges.
- Mentor New Grads, Students and Rehab Technicians from Diverse Backgrounds and Develop a Program to Train Mentors.
- A series of TED Talks:
-Words of wisdom from an experienced leader
-A journey to the top—the story of a PT’s rise to COO
- Foreign Educated PTs Obstacles and Triumphs
- Develop social media to educate the public about the role of physical therapy in health and wellness.
- Developing courses for chapter conferences in SDOH
- Building off of APTA's PT in the Community and Global PT Day of Service, HEAL is working directly with local departments of health to address the opioid crisis and provide PT education and screenings in Maryland communities.
- HEAL has partnered with Baltimore City and Baltimore County on their opioid addiction and harm reduction programs. This includes outreach and education to local providers and clinics on how to best support patients and families with opioid addiction; physical therapy screening at county sponsored health fairs and events.
- More volunteer opportunities coming soon.
We will strive to include a diverse group of members inclusive of gender, race, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, disabilities, religion, ethnicity, and age.
Last Updated September 13, 2021