NHAPTA PTA Caucus Rep Report

NHAPTA PTA Representative Report June 25, 2019

It has been a privilege to serve as PTA caucus representative in the state of N.H. for the past 6 months. I had the professional privilege of attending the APTA House of Delegates June 8 through June 13. The PTA caucus took place on June 8 and 9. I was pleased to meet PTAs from across the country. I am pleased to share with the N.H. chapter that the professional values motion passed which now combines one document for the guidance of professional values for the entire profession. Previously, there were two documents: values based behaviors for the physical therapist assistant and core values for the physical therapist. The PTA caucus believes this will guide the PT and PTA team in our best efforts to represent the profession well, in the clinic and in our personal lives, as we strive to, “transform society by optimizing movement to improve the human experience.”

The caucus also discussed the 50th anniversary of the PTA. There was a flash mob dance by several chapter presidents, vice presidents, and chief delegates. Thank you Mark, Ami, and Dee for your support of PTAs! NH is currently planning a celebration to be held at River Valley Community College on October 7, 2019. I would like to wish all PTAs a happy 50th and if you would like to contact to RSVP for the celebration my email is Christopher.reilly23@gmail.com.
 
The executive summary for the PTA caucus held on June 8 and June 9, 2019 follows:


Thirty-seven PTA Caucus Representatives, 8 PTA Caucus Alternate Representatives, and 5 Delegates gathered in Chicago, IL, June 9 and 10 for the PTA Caucus Annual Meeting. David Harris, Chief Delegate presided over the meeting. PTAC Delegate Sean Bagbey was unable to attend due to illness. PTA Caucus Representatives from Arkansas, Hawaii, Iowa, Maine, Montana, Nevada, North Carolina, Rhode Island, and Wyoming were not in attendance. Delaware, the District of Columbia, Massachusetts, and New Mexico do not have PTA Caucus Representative currently serving.
The PTA Caucus Nominating Committee conducted candidate interviews and elections. Those elected to serve are: Jodi Pfeiffer (AK) and Krissa Reeves (WI) as Delegates, Vincent Nguyenpham (WA) as Alternate Delegate, and Joanne Patten (VT) to the Nominating Committee. Outgoing Delegates Sean Bagbey and Chris Noland, Alternate Delegate Jodi Pfeiffer, and outgoing Nominating Committee member, Debbie Paul, were recognized.
PTAC business included updates from APTA staff Justin Moore, and Justin Elliott. APTA President Sharon Dunn congratulated the Caucus on its 50th Anniversary and continued strides to better integrate PTAs into the APTA Community. PTAC Rep and Federal Affairs Liaison Rachel Winthrop (MN) provided an update, and PT-PAC trustee Eileen Carter enthusiastically persuaded most Reps in room to donate to the PAC.
2019 House motions were discussed with a focus on the following:
 • RC 17-19: Amend: Standards of Practice for Physical Therapy (HOD S06-13-22-15)
 • RC 32-19: Amend: Core Values for the Physical Therapist (HOD P06-18-25-33)
 • RC 34-19: Amend: Consumer Protection Through Licensure of Physical Therapists and Physical
 Therapist Assistants (HOD P06-16-08-07)
• RC 69-19: Adopt: Wound Management Physical Therapy as an Area of Specialization
PTAC Delegates Brenda Dorman and Chris Noland led the Reps through a continuing education course titled, Aiming the Cannon – Positioning PTA Caucus Reps for Success, with a focus on the path of the PTA and the evolution of the Caucus through history, advocacy issues and paths for action, the engagement of Reps within the chapters, the vision and updated strategic pillars of the APTA, and the focus of the Caucus task forces.
PTA Caucus Reps spent time discussing the PTA 50th Anniversary in round-table discussions led by the 50th Anniversary Task Force. A summary of activities and resources to recognize the 50th was provided, then round-table discussions centered on what’s already been done at the chapter and district level, ideas for ways to celebrate in the second half of the year, as well as what strategies can be developed to continue to promote and engage the PTA in 2020 and beyond.

Respectfully submitted,
Christopher Reilly PTA representative NHAPTA 
Christopher.reilly23@gmail.com
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