Posted on September 23 , 2015 by Chapter Staff
Originally Published in HAPTA’s e-Newsletter, What’s HAPTAnin’ – September 2015
Aloha HAPTA members!
This past June we sent Jeremy Angaran (Delegate); Jill Wakabyoshi (PTA Caucus Representative) and myself, Carri Dominick (Chief Delegate) to Washington DC for the APTA House of Delegates.
Two years ago at the House of Delegates we adopted a new vision statement for APTA; “Transforming society by optimizing movement to improve the human experience.” This year our focus was bringing forth and voting on motions that address this grand vision statement. A few motions that were passed were: the PT and APTA’s role in prevention, wellness, fitness, health promotion and management of disease and disability; the PT’s role in diet; and collaborating with other healthcare providers to address obesity. We also voted to explore the role of the PT as a member of a primary care team and to begin to create diagnostic labels to address the movement system. This would allow us to label our diagnoses based on movement dysfunctions and not have to use medical labels that have been given to us by other healthcare providers.
Also, a motion was passed that allows the chapters (states) to decide if they want to let PTAs have a full vote at the chapter (state) level. Here in Hawaii we have already been practicing this way. Since we are so small we believe every voice is equally important in contributing to our association. Now we can be in line with APTA bylaws and “officially” allow PTAs to have a full vote.
HAPTA again sponsored a student usher at the House of Delegates this year. Kendra Kawamura graduated from Creighton University this spring. She is now a PT on Kauai.
Thank you for allowing me to serve as your Chief Delegate!
If you have any questions or want more information on any of the motions passed in the House this year feel free to contact me.
HAPTA Chief Delegate