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We Have a Plan! A Message from Your IPTA President

Posted By Matthew Nicholas, Chapter Relations & Marketing Coordinator, Monday, June 6, 2016

We Have a Plan!
A Message from Your IPTA President

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the members that ran for elected office in the Chapter elections and extend my congratulations to those that were elected. It was great to see so many members interested in serving the Association. It is evident that the interest is continuing with full slates for the District elections. I encourage you to support your colleagues’ interests in serving by giving them your vote between June 15-30, 2016.  

You have the opportunity to review the IPTA’s new strategic plan and see how we are continuing to strive for the removal of barriers that prevent consumers from accessing physical therapy. 

The IPTA believes that one significant barrier to access is simple:  do all consumers in Illinois really understand how physical therapy, when provided by licensed and qualified health care professionals, can restore movement and function, prevent disease and injury, and overall improve their quality of life?


At the May meeting, the IPTA Board of Directors:

  • Approved the charge and appointment of a new health and wellness committee that will focus on how physical therapists provide health and wellness to individuals, groups and populations in Illinois.
  • Approved the charge and appointment of a task force to encourage careers in physical therapy beginning with investigating diversity issues among IL PTs and PTAs, including, but not limited to, recruiting and retaining minority students, faculty and employees within universities, colleges and workforce.    

We are also in the process of forming a public relations work group to develop a plan to utilize APTA resources to promote accessing physical therapy first in Illinois. Anyone interested in exploring this idea can contact me directly to learn more about serving on this work group.  The Board will plan to approve the charge and appointment of this work group by early fall, 2016.

The IPTA will continue to address financial barriers to access by partnering with other stakeholders to investigate payment issues, as well as continue to advocate for physical therapy co-pay equity.  You can read more about these initiatives in next week’s Your Advocate.

- Mike Riley, PT
IPTA President (2016 - 2018)
Member since 1973

In the coming months I plan to keep you informed of our work on these and the rest of our initiatives that make up our strategic plan for 2016.  There are numerous opportunities to get involved and I encourage you to consider how you can help us make a difference in the physical therapy profession, as well as the lives of our patients.

The New Strategic Plan: How did we get here?

The IPTA kicked off the year with a comprehensive survey to members which was designed to help us develop our strategic plan.  What did we learn about our members?

Click here to read the membership survey summary and check out the list of gift card winners!

Ready, Set, Go!

The IPTA’s Board of Directors met on May 21st and dived into planning.  Focused on two external and one internal goal, plans were developed on how to help the IPTA move towards accomplishing its mission to improve the health, wellness and quality of life for the people in Illinois through physical therapy.

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