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APTA is committed to increasing diversity, equity, and inclusion in the association, profession, and society.

Improving DEI requires intentional action across our profession and association — action by organizations and individuals.

Our resources include courses, lectures, and articles.

Use the DEI activity report form to share your actions so we can identify change-makers and best practices, and email to share your ideas.

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APTA Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Infographic

Oct 1, 2022 / Infographic

2022 Lynda D. Woodruff Lecture by Lisa VanHoose, PT, PhD, MPH

May 15, 2022

Lisa VanHoose, PT, PhD, MPH, delivered the third Lynda D. Woodruff Lecture on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Physical Therapy on June 16, 2022.

DEI Certificate at the APTA Learning Center

Jan 1, 2023 / Resource

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Climate Scan Tools

Dec 15, 2021 / Article

Cultural Competence in Physical Therapy

May 21, 2020

Cultural competence isn't a destination; it's a journey that never stops.

Additional Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Content

The APTA Minority Scholarship Award at 35: Two Black PTs Share Their Experiences

Feb 22, 2023 /

The APTA Minority Scholarship Award was first given in 1988.

Study Finds Disparities in White, Black Use of PT Services

Nov 8, 2022 / Review

A review of electronic health records also found white patients received services for musculoskeletal pain faster than Black patients.

Be Humble, Curious, and Ready to Learn: Care for the Native American Population

Oct 8, 2022 / News

APTA Magazine connects with experienced providers to explore keys to providing culturally competent physical therapy.

2022 Lynda D. Woodruff Lecture: Addressing the Profession's DEI 'Disability'

Sep 1, 2022 / Feature

Lecturer Lisa VanHoose, PT, PhD, MPH, FAPTA, provided a sobering view of the profession's 'DEI fatigue' — and a possible path to overcome it.

Effective DEI Leadership is About Listening — and Challenging Assumptions

Aug 15, 2022 / News

Stephanie Creary says leaders need to first understand where people are before they can guide them toward change.

2022 Presidential Address

Aug 14, 2022 / Statement

APTA President Roger Herr, PT, MPA, provided his annual address on August 14 at the Omni Shoreham in Washington, DC.

2022 APTA Leadership Congress Keynote by Stephanie Creary

Aug 13, 2022 / Article

Stephanie J. Creary, PhD, delivered the 2022 APTA Leadership Congress keynote, titled "Principles of Leadership: Advancing DEI By Building Resilient HOPE."

Woodruff Lecture: The Profession's DEI 'Disability' Must Be Addressed

Jun 30, 2022 / News

Lisa VanHoose provided a sobering view of the profession's 'DEI fatigue' — and a possible path to overcome it.

APTA's Support of Thrive Youth Center Helps LGBTQIA+ Youth in Texas

Jun 24, 2022 / Interview

Contributions from APTA were "absolutely crucial" for Thrive’s efforts.

APTA Recognizes 50 Years of Title IX

Jun 23, 2022 / News

The association will participate in NATA’s 'Celebrating Title IX and Women in Health Care' event.