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2024 NABPT & Academy Scholarship Collaboration
2024 NABPT & Academy Scholarship Collaboration

The Academy has teamed up with the National Association of Black Physical Therapists (NABPT) to create an exciting scholarship opportunity dedicated to increasing diversity in our profession to better meet the needs of our diverse communities. Continue Reading

Postedby Ariel Wynne
Date posted12/7/2023


Salud Pélvica, Sin Pena: A Call for Culturally Sensitive Pelvic Health Care
Salud Pélvica, Sin Pena: A Call for Culturally Sensitive Pelvic Health Care

Breaking the silence on pelvic health within Spanish-speaking communities demands collective action, addressing cultural barriers, and fostering open dialogues to empower future generations to celebrate their bodies without the weight of unspoken taboos. Continue Reading

Postedby Ixel Garcia
Date posted10/19/2023


The Invisible Pain that Became Visible to Me
The Invisible Pain that Became Visible to Me

I was 15 year old when I was diagnosed with Endometriosis. And after a period of misdiagnosis, I was finally able to receive the care I needed. That care included surgery, which was successful, and I was relieved. However... Continue Reading

Postedby Ese B. Ataga
Date posted09/29/2023


Mark Your Calendar: Obstetric Physical Therapy Course Coming to Bangalore, India in January 2024
Mark Your Calendar: Obstetric Physical Therapy Course Coming to Bangalore, India in January 2024

Are you based in India or a country in Southeast Asia? Join us for a 3-day course titled "Fundamental Topics of Pregnancy & Postpartum Physical Therapy" from January 5-7, 2024 in Bangalore, India. Continue Reading

Date posted08/29/2023


Pelvic Health Physical Therapy: The Future is Bright and Diverse
Pelvic Health Physical Therapy: The Future is Bright and Diverse

So, what does this mean for the future of pelvic health professionals, especially pelvic health physical therapy? I believe that in order for our profession to keep up with increasing demands that 3 key things will need to take place. Continue Reading

Postedby Elizabeth Meretighan
Date posted07/24/2023


Pelvic Health PT's Must Take Part in Ending the Black Maternal Health Crisis!
Pelvic Health PT's Must Take Part in Ending the Black Maternal Health Crisis!

Back in April, for Black Maternal Health Week, our local organization, the Hudson Valley Birth Network- a group of birth professionals including Physical Therapists, Midwives, Doulas, Mental Health practitioners and other specialists- screened the powerful documentary “Aftershock”. Continue Reading

Postedby Melissa S. Keras-Donaghy
Date posted06/22/2023


Why Representation Matters - Bridging the Gap
Why Representation Matters - Bridging the Gap

Bridging the Gap of healthcare inequalities with pelvic health physical therapy. I had been interested in having a role in healthcare ever since I was young; as I was quick to learn about the healthcare system’s inequities and tendencies for discrimination. Continue Reading

Postedby Victoria Patton
Date posted05/31/2023


Building Financial Security and Diversity in the PT Profession
Building Financial Security and Diversity in the PT Profession

Dr. Justin Moore is the CEO of the APTA, leading its federal and state affairs departments, and serving as the lead lobbyist on Capitol Hill. He has written, presented, and lectured on health policy, payment, and government affairs issues across the country and to a variety of health care and busine Continue Reading

Date posted08/31/2022


Advancing Pelvic Health Physical Therapy: Bridging the Gap in South Korea
Advancing Pelvic Health Physical Therapy: Bridging the Gap in South Korea

My name is Joy Hyunjeong Jang, a member of the Academy of Pelvic Health Physical Therapy, and I am thrilled to share with you the incredible journey of hosting pelvic health physical therapy courses in South Korea. Continue Reading

Postedby Hyunjeong Jang
Date posted07/31/2022


Why Women’s Health Has No Borders
Why Women’s Health Has No Borders

I have been teaching for the Section on Women’s Health for years, but what I witnessed in May 2017 as one of four instructors leading SOWH’s first Tokyo courses is the most amazing experience yet. Continue Reading

Postedby Karen Lynne Litos
Date posted06/2/2017


Breaking Cultural Taboos about Feminine Health
Breaking Cultural Taboos about Feminine Health

Have you ever thought about how differently feminine health and hygiene are addressed around the world? Most cultures hold a taboo attitude to the discussion of various topics regarding bladder control, pain with sex or while menstruating, or proper usage of supplies during a woman’s period. Continue Reading

Date posted03/17/2017


Part 1 - Culture Map Series: An Introduction to Transgender Health
Part 1 - Culture Map Series: An Introduction to Transgender Health

Before I started working and treating individuals in the transgender community, I knew I had to take the time to understand and learn their history and the challenges that plagued their community. It was through this work that I was able to recognize the overlooked privilege that I quietly benefited Continue Reading

Postedby Uchenna Cynthia-Awelle Ossai
Date posted08/10/2016