North Dakota Delegation | Jun 23, 2016

HOWDY! Your North Dakota Delegation had a great time in Nashville at NEXT2016. Attending the National Conference always brings a deeper respect for the truly amazing people who lead our organization and for all PTs and PTAs who make this such a great profession. Check out the highlights from NEXT2016 at

Your ND Delegation working for you. From l. to r., Holly Shilling, PTA Caucus Rep; Heather England, Chief Delegate; Kathleen Day, President; Alyson White, Executive Officer; and Mary Dockter, Delegate.

The House of Delegates ran efficiently with business done ahead of schedule but still time for many philosophical discussions on our role in society and future of Physical Therapy. The Scope of Practice discussion was robust and referred back to the Board of Directors for more review. I urge everyone to participate in conversations with your peers as this will be an issue brought forward to NEXT2017. The #ChoosePT Campaign was launched at NEXT2016 to fight the opioid epidemic. This is a national campaign urging the public to consider physical therapy as a safe and effective alternative for the treatment of pain. Please join this effort and share the #ChoosePT with your peers, clients, friends and families. Another topic of interest during the week was on payment reform. As this is a reality for the future of Physical Therapy, APTA has created resources on their website to help members get ready so do visit the website for more information. Health care reform is here and here to stay but exactly what that means is still a mystery. As APTA President Sharon Dunn says, "Let's get 'er done, by working better together to transform the association, our profession, and society." NDPTA works under the same strategic plan and looks forward to hearing from members and increasing our membership to achieve these goals. Happy Summer!