Diversity Equity and Inclusion Committee


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. Zoom in to DEI Meetings or our Monthly Mentor Nights at My APTAMD>> Workspace

Reach out to our DEI Committee with any questions, ideas, or with opportunities to make an impact in our profession and the communities we serve. Email us today – dei@aptamd.org

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  • 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


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.


Creating Pipelines for DEI


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


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.


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


Mentor Nights for New Grads and Professionals
1st Tuesday of The Month | 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

Social Media


Promote the Chapter's Mission and Vision and Increase our Social Media Presence


  • Run health promotion and patient/client education campaigns on chronic pain/choose PT
  •  Provide easier access to future PTs/PTAs through social media platforms and website and further encourage membership in APTA.
  •  Engage new professionals through social media and encourage participation in mentorship nights
  •  Highlight members with DEI backgrounds on our social media platforms.
  • Partner with other health related associations / Awareness Weeks

Diversity in Leadership


Inspire members from diverse backgrounds to become leaders within the profession


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)


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


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


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

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. 

All members are encouraged to connect with us and join a committee or event. Check out all opportunities at My APTAMD>>Workspace