Diversity Equity and Inclusion Committee

Mission

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.

The DEI Committee meets the 2nd Thursday of the month at 7:30 pm. The next meeting is October 14th.
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Structure

  • Committee Chair:  Michael Ukoha PT, DPT
  • Secretary: Erika Opoku PT, DPT
  • Social Media/PR: Ketaki Jatar PT
  • Mentorship: Clarisse Labor, PT
  • Liaisons to Chapter Committees
    • Education: Cara Felter PT, DPT, MPH
    • Gov’t Relations: Mara Hassanshahi PT
    • Political Action Committee: Michael Ukoha PT, DPT

Goals

Our Centennial Scholar for APTA Maryland is LaDonna Dingle

LaDonna’s capstone project is establishing a mentor program to reach out to Historically Black Colleges and  Universities (HBCUs)  in Maryland to recruit and encourage students to apply to Physical Therapy programs.

Activities

Creating Pipelines for DEI

Objective

Educate students on the physical therapy profession to improve diversity within the workforce. K-High School and Community Colleges.

Activities

Virtual Tours of PT Clinics to High School Students and Pre PT Programs
The program started in early 2021 and has connected with over 200 high school students. We have provided virtual tours to the following schools:

  • Academy of Sciences
  • Roosevelt High School
  • Paint Branch High School
  • Academy for College and Career Exploration
We will be reaching out to additional schools and counties along with pre-physical therapy programs. If you are interested in being a part of this program and or if you have schools you would like to include, please contact the chapter.

Objective

Mentor New Grads, Students and Rehab Technicians from Diverse Backgrounds and Develop a Program to Train Mentors.

Activities

Mentor Nights for New Grads and Professionals
1st Tuesdays of Each Month | 7-8:00 pm

We will provide experts for each monthly topic. Future topics include:

  • PTA Leadership Opportunities
  • PT New Grads and PTAs in Clinical Education
  • PTAs in different settings
  • PT/ PTA Workshop
  • Recommended education for New Grads
  • Financial mngt after coming out of school – making good financial decisions
  • Advocating for the profession – learn about the big issues
  • Submit your ideas for topics and or speakers

APTA Maryland will strive to include a diverse group of members through all chapter groups inclusive of gender, race, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, disabilities, religion, ethnicity, and age. 

Diversity in Leadership

Objective

Inspire members from diverse backgrounds to become leaders within the profession

Activities

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

Health, Equity, Accessibility, and Literacy (HEAL)

Objective

Engaging the community through service opportunities to create positive change in the communities we serve.

Activities

Building a community that advances the profession of physical therapy to improve the health of society. Volunteer and Get Engaged.

Engage the Community through Local and State Partnerships.
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 is working directly 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.

Education and Communications

Objective

Raise awareness within our profession and communities on how various social factors contribute to healthcare inequities and identify ways to create environments that promote equitable health outcomes.

  • Develop social media to educate the public about the role of physical therapy in health and wellness.
  • Developing courses for chapter conferences in SDOH