APTA CT Newsletter
June 2022
APTA CT President Message
Dear Members,
I hope that you all are starting to enjoy the weather and some of the celebrations that are resuming this spring and into the summer. It was great to see some of you at the Yard Goats game in April and I’m looking forward to the next one in September; so save the date, September 10th; concert included!
June promises to be a busy month! 
  • The call for presentations closes at the end of this week for our in person event in October at University of Hartford. Poster submissions will continue to be open! 
  • LAMP Leadership 101 is returning to our area and will be at MCPHS on June 25th and 26th. We are looking forward to seeing our present and future leaders gather and learn more ways to lead and grow our profession and our components. 
  • Our second MOCK House of Delegates is coming on June 21st! Never heard of house of delegates?? Well this is a fantastic introduction to our process of governance; with students and faculty as well as our delegates, assisting with debate on current topics that will be up for vote and discussion in the House of Delegates during the Leadership Congress in August. For more information, reach out to one of our delegates!
As June rolls into July, we look forward to the golf tournament! Our opportunity to raise some funds for our legislative and lobbying efforts, it’s also a great opportunity to get outdoors and network! 
Oh and the other big news, we have officially received word that dry needling is in fact, within our scope of practice and is separate and distinct from acupuncture. With officially receiving the sign off from the governor’s office, we can continue to move forward with supporting our efforts of an autonomous profession, payment and policy. Interested in what we have been working on? Connect with some of our Legislative team members and they would be happy to fill you in. 
Those are just a few of the highlights, with many things going on! I hope you all are taking some time to yourselves this summer. Enjoy the weather, the outdoors, family and friends. Recharge your batteries, as it has certainly been a long few years, and while we know that there is still the lingering effects and unknowns, we also know that mental health, wellness, and taking care of ourselves and our loved ones continues to be paramount. In a world where there is some much going on, all the time, tainting the news with sorrow, mourning, worries and concerns; at times it feels like we are going backwards, I encourage you all to pause this summer, reflect, relax, reset, reconnect and regroup, and keep moving forward.

Stefanie Bourassa DPT, CSCS
President, APTA CT

Congratulations Naugatuck Valley Community College PTA Program for reaching 100% membership
SIG Updates
Neurology SIG
The Neurology SIG participated in the APDA Parkinson's Optimism Walk in May. Thank you for making a difference in the community.
Mock House of Delegates
June 21
Join our APTA CT delegation, students and faculty in debates on current topics that will be up for vote and discussion in the House of Delegates during the Leadership Congress in August

APTA CT offers 3 student scholarships 

Application deadline is September 14, 2022

The scholarships will be awarded at the APTA CT Annual Meeting (October 22)

Upcoming Events

After a long absence, the APTA CT is excited to announce the return of the annual APTA CT golf classic.  Hosted at the historic Keney Park course, located in Hartford and Windsor, we look forward to an excellent day of golf while we reconnect with old friends and meet new ones. If the past is any indication of success, this will be one of the biggest events of the year.

Great Sponsorships available.
Yardgoats Game
Save the Date

September 10

Fireworks and concert

Registration coming soon
The theme for our conference this year is Moving Forward.
As we come back together as colleagues, we look to refresh as a profession and as professionals.

Conference will be at the University of Hartford.

Exhibitor registration is open.
Attendee registration coming soon

LAMP Leadership 101
June 25 and 26
MCPHS, Worcester MA

Click on this graphic to be directed to a collaborative continuing education and SIG calendar with our surrounding states. Everyone invited.
Support of H.R. 5365:
Expand Care at Community Health Centers
The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) is supporting Congress to pass the Primary Health Services Enhancement Act (H.R. 5365). This bipartisan legislation would expand patient access to essential physical therapy services to children and adults who receive care at rural health clinics and federally qualified health centers, also known as community health centers (CHCs).

  • School-Based Therapy: Rep. Jahana Hayes (D-CT) and Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) introduced bipartisan resolution designating and celebrating the week of April 25 through April 29, 2022, as “National Specialized Instructional Support Personnel Appreciation Week.”  
  • Supervision of PTAs in Outpatient Settings: On April 23, 2022, Rep. Bobby Rush (D-IL) led a bipartisan letter to the U.S. House Appropriations Committee requesting that the committee include report language in the upcoming annual appropriations bill clarifying Congressional intent surrounding supervision requirements for PTAs and OTAs. 
  • Pelvic Health: Rep. Jamie Herrera Beutler (R-WA) and Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-DE) plan to introduce the Optimizing Postpartum Outcomes Act in the near future. 

APTA CT Public Policy continues forward progression with Imaging. We are engaging with leadership of our Radiology and Orthopedic physician colleagues. 
We have connected with senior leadership in the Public Health Committee to assess what steps need to be taken to solidify "physiotherapy" as a protected term only for a PT licensed in CT. 

Reminder: Public Policy APTA CT Golf Tournament. See above for all details and share with your colleagues/friends. 
Choose groups and topics to follow.