Utilizing Community Collaboration to Reduce Health Disparities
Track: #ChoosePT
Date: Thursday, June 28, 2018
Time: 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Location: Orange County Convention Center
Room: W224B

Speaker(s):   Prisca Collins, PT, PhD
  William Healey, PT, EdD, Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Geriatric Physical Therapy
  Gail Huber, PT, PhD
  Johnette Meadows, PT, MS

Session Type: Educational Sessions
Session Level: Intermediate

One of the main goals of the US Department of Health & Human Services Healthy People 2010 was to eliminate health disparities associated with gender, race/ethnicity, education/income, disability, geographic location, or sexual orientation1. This goal has been carried over to Healthy People 2030 to “eliminate health disparities, achieve health equity, and attain health literacy to improve health and well-being of all.2 The goal of eliminating health disparities is a complex process that requires attention to “powerful, complex interactions between health and biology, genetics, and individual behavior, and between health and health services, socioeconomic status, the physical environment, discrimination, racism, literacy levels and legislative policies” 3. One of the APTA’s guiding principles for achieving the vision of our profession addresses “access/equity”. Through this principle, the APTA acknowledges the existence of health inequities and disparities and committing to the development of innovative models for addressing them, that include partnering with communities.4 Community-based participatory approaches have been shown to be effective in providing a systematic approach to addressing these complex multiple factors that perpetuate health disparities.5

This session will describe APTA member physical therapists’ experiences developing, implementing and advocating for community-based outreach programs and initiatives to improve health, wellness, and prevention awareness and address racial health disparities. The session will draw from community-academic partnership projects, focus groups of Hispanic & African American communities and medical providers in medically underserved Chicago neighborhoods, results from focus groups of APTA members (conducted at CSM 2016 & 2017), and review of literature, to guide participants through the various phases of forming culturally responsive community-based partnerships and navigate sociocultural dynamics that emerge in the process.

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