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President’s Update – July 2020


As we move into the second half of a year unlike any other, I want to provide some recent updates to the chapter’s ongoing response to challenges, concerns and requests.

At its June meeting, the Board of Directors approved a new strategic plan for the rest of 2020 through 2022. Modeled after the APTA’s national strategic plan, it focuses on four key areas: quality, stewardship, relevance and value. Woven throughout are metrics for making the association more supportive and meaningful to members at various points in their career, with efforts relating to evidence-based practice, continuing education and diversity, equity and inclusion. Look for the entire strategic plan to be posted on the website in the near future.

We’ve had great response to our online “Conversations” that we’ve been hosting this summer. The first, dealing with challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic, identified a need for a new chapter resource. As a result, on the chapter website under “Connect”, you will now find a link to “Forums”, venues for informal information sharing. The first, “COVID”, offers a place to share intervention ideas, practice management strategies or leads on accessing PPE or other equipment newly in demand. Take a look and share your knowledge with each other!

Our Conversation related to the events surrounding George Floyd’s death was also well attended and gave participants the opportunity to listen and learn from those who’ve experienced racism first hand as physical therapy providers. This session also identified a need for sharing of educational resources for us to learn more about the systemic racism that is prevalent both in and out of health care. These will also be posted on our website in the near future. In addition, to meet requests for continued discussions on this complex topic, we are also planning more follow up Conversations on racism-related topics in the weeks to come. Watch your emails for dates and times.

Another upcoming Conversation will focus on discussing the pros and cons to having Minnesota join the PT compact. As a teaser, we’ve attached a short list of these to the end of this email. Again, watch your email for the date/time to discuss these in more detail!

Finally, as we all slowly attempt to recover from clinic shutdowns and employment furloughs, it will probably come as no surprise to you that APTA membership numbers are down across the country. While APTA Minnesota understands the economic challenges members are facing, and fully supports the extended grace period offered to those whose membership has recently been up for renewal, it has had a significant budgetary impact on the chapter.  Our entire staff is currently participating in a second round of rotating furloughs, in an attempt to stay fiscally responsible while continuing to meet member needs. We hope that those of you benefitting from the extended grace period will soon be in a better place to renew your membership with APTA. As we continue to respond, recover and develop “new normals”, staying connected with your professional association has never been more essential.

Wishing you a relaxing, socially distant Fourth of July holiday!

Holly Clynch

APTA Minnesota President

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