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Why DEI Is Needed In PT Now (ETD)
Thursday, September 15, 2022, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM CST
Category: District Meetings

The profession of Physical Therapy is changing with DEI and this course discusses how to address and adapt to those changes in all aspects of the profession. 1.5CCUs 

At the conclusion of the course, participants will be able to:

1. Discuss why DEI in PT is needed;
2. Define DEI terms and constructs;
3. Discuss how to diversify the physical therapy profession, foster equity and create inclusive environments;
4. Discuss what can we do to address DEI in physical therapy and become a culturally-responsive practitioner.

Rupal M Patel, PT, PhD is an Associate Professor in the School of Physical Therapy at Texas Woman’s University (TWU) in Houston, Texas. Dr. Patel teaches content related to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion (DEI) and the Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) within the DPT curriculum at TWU. Dr. Patel has taught continuing education courses at various local, state, and national conferences as well as within educational programs and community organizations on DEI and SDOH in physical therapy (PT) practice. She has also appeared on several podcasts talking about DEI, SDOH and systemic racism in PT. Dr. Patel was the recipient of a research grant from the Academy of Leadership and Innovation or ALI (formerly HPA The Catalyst Section) to examine the validity, reliability, and utility of a PT SDOH survey tool. She was also the recipient of the APTA Minority Faculty Award for her dissertations study examining health disparities in diabetes prevention among understudied Asian Indian American population. Dr. Patel is a founding member of the APTA's Council on Prevention, Health Promotion, and Wellness; served as an elected member of the national APTA Nominating Committee and chair of the ANPT Advocacy and Consumer Affairs Committee. She currently serves as: the Federal Advocacy Liaison (FAL) for ANPT, a delegate from Texas to the APTA House of Delegates, the chair of the Texas Physical Therapy Association (TPTA) Bylaws Committee, a member of the TPTA DEI Task Force, a member of the APTA ALI Research Committee, aa key contact for the ALI Social Justice in Health Catalyst Group, and a board member of the Physical Therapy Learning Institute (PTLI) which hosts the annual Lynda D Woodruff Lecture on DEI in PT.

6:00-6:05 Welcome and Introduction
6:05-7:30 Presentation
7:30-8:00 Questions and Answers

If you are a TPTA member do not create a new login. If you are unable to login to your member account, email [email protected] for assistance. 

Free for TPTA Members
$25 for Non-Members (As A Fundraiser for ETD Scholarship Fund)

Additional Locations

Cancellation Policy 
No Refunds;

Additional Information and Registration
Registration closes at noon (CST) on 9/14/2022.. In order to receive credit, you must pre-register for the course,  be present for the entire course and complete the course evaluation. If in person, you must sign in and out at the time of the course. Credits will be issued no later than October 1, 2022 for  evaluations received by the deadline of 9/30/2022. Please allow until then for processing. You will log in to the same account used for registering to retrieve your transcript. Please wait until after that date to contact TPTA if your CCUs have not posted on your transcript. 

Meeting will be both in-person and live-streamed. Please check your email, including SPAM folder for your confirmation that includes the meeting login/location information and course evaluation. The subject of the email is "Why DEI Is Needed In PT Now (ETD)".

Register Here

Contact: Carla Holmen at [email protected]