North Dakota Delegation | Jun 16, 2015

Greetings from your North Dakota delegation! We are all safely back in the state after an eventful week in Washington, DC. Your delegates, Cindy Flom-Meland and Heather England did a great job representing North Dakota in the House and Holly Schilling as part of the the PTA Assembly. There were some very meaningful discussions on the future of Physical Therapy and our role in Primary Care and in prevention and wellness. As experts in the movement system, we are sure to expand into these areas as the healthcare system moves to a wellness model of care. I encourage everyone to look at the results from the House as this is our future.

North Dakota Delegation at House of Delegates 2015. Back row (l. to r.) Cindy Flom-Meland, Chief Delegate; Heather England, Delegate; Kathleen Day, President; Alyson White, Executive Officer; and Holly Shilling, PTA Caucus Rep. Front row (horizontal): Sierra Maucort, University of North Dakota who Student Usher for the House.

APTA CEO, Michael Bowers, gave an excellent presentation on Day One of the Component Leadership Meeting with emphasis on building relationships among chapters, sections, and APTA. This will be a work in progress as we all work together to transform the association, profession, and society.

Look to the NDPTA Facebook page to get a glimpse of PT Day on Capitol Hill. It was totally inspiring to stand on the lawn of the capitol with about a thousand other PTs, PTAs, and students. The day was about PT transforms and we were to get that message to our congress members. Chris Kraemer, Cindy Flom-Meland, Heather England, Alyson White, Stephanie Weyrauch, and I ascended on the Hill to address the 4 issues of Therapy Locum Tenens. We were able to talk with both ND Senators and thank them for their vote to repeal the therapy cap. With 1000 strong, we hope we made an impact on the Hill. UND-PT student Sierra Maucort was one of the chosen to be a student usher during the House. Please read her letter as she expresses so well the value of APTA. Thanks, Sierra!

Kathleen Day
President, NDPTA