Physical Therapy in the Community: Prevention Where We Live, Learn, Work, and Play
Section: Cardiopulmonary Section
Co-Section: Section on Health Policy & Administration
Session Code: CP-3A-6776
Date: Saturday, February 18, 2017
Time: 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Location: Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center
Session Type: Educational Sessions
Session Level: Basic
Advancing the health of our nation requires an integrated, multidisciplinary, and community-based approach. Disease prevention and health promotion efforts must be woven into all aspects of our lives where we live, learn, work, and play not just in hospital or clinical settings. Physical therapists are uniquely qualified to engage at individual and community levels to address chronic, preventable health conditions. The speakers will discuss the role of PTs as full partners in what is to become an integrated and interdisciplinary service industry. This presentation will focus on addressing highly prevalent conditions, including cardiovascular disease and its major risk factors. The presenters will use recent community-based studies in adult and pediatric populations from their laboratory to highlight the role of PTs in community health efforts. Attendees will learn to look beyond the clinical environment and into the community to optimize movement and improve the human experience on a larger scale.
1. Compare and contrast current national initiatives (eg, ACA, CDC) and APTA views and missions in relation to disease prevention, health, and wellness.
2. Describe the significance of cardiovascular disease and associated risk factors and their relevance to community-based disease prevention efforts.
3. Recognize the role of physical therapists in primary and secondary disease prevention and health promotion efforts.
4. Assess the benefits and challenges of community-based disease prevention and health promotion research and practice efforts.
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