The Section on Women's Health Name Change
The Section on Women’s Health, APTA, Inc. is seeking a name change to the Academy of Pelvic Health Physical Therapy. Please watch the full video announcement below that was sent last July 2018 to our membership and scroll down to explore our latest name change journey timeline and background information below.
We shared the following message to introduce the proposal and provide the rationale for the proposed name change.
The APTA vision statement adopted in the 2013 APTA House of Delegates, "transforming society by optimizing movement to improve the human experience," is reflective of a more external view of the healthcare environment and its relationship with the entire human experience. The Section hopes to make a more external statement as well, beginning with our name change. The name change aligns with our mission and vision statements, as detailed below:
This name change clarifies the Section's identity, branding and recognition within outside stakeholder interactions and collaborations. APTA Sections are well recognized internally within the APTA curated PT and PTA communities, however, brand recognition outside of the APTA universe is not currently resonating.
The Section’s strategic plan is directed at building community both domestically and globally to deliver multi-level professional education that is excellent, relevant and diverse. The title "Academy" in this context is more easily linked with those outside the physical therapy profession and will better explain to external stakeholders (referring physicians, patient community, industry partners, etc.) what we do and coincide with the practice, education and research goals of the Section.
An academy is an APTA membership group focused on the science, advancement and practice of physical therapy in a clearly defined clinical practice arena. Academies support the vision of the profession and the mission of the association.
Primary Functions of an Academy:
Responsibilities of an Academy:
The Section on Women’s Health, founded in 1977 as the Section on Obstetrics and Gynecology, has a long and rich history of practitioners unafraid to break new ground in patient care and advocacy. These trailblazers were champions for women PTs and PTAs, seeking more research on the female anatomy and an increase in representation by women as content leaders, faculty, article writers and researchers in APTA’s leadership communities. This trailblazing legacy is the foundation for the bond all our members share today.
The name change represents an evolution of the Section on Women’s Health. The passion, vision and willingness to forge new paths inherent in women’s health physical therapists allowed our specialty to grow and thrive. This next part of our journey embraces those same characteristics, and ensures our core value of inclusiveness is apparent to both practitioners and patients. By placing the focus on what we treat, we will help reduce barriers to access.
What will not change is our commitments to education, excellence and advocacy in support of women’s health. The Section will provide cutting-edge content, best practices, residency and fellowship program support and tools for continued advancement in prevention and treatment.
The term "academy" is also a better descriptor for the organization's current role as an expert body in healthcare provider issues related to healthcare and payment reform. It also embodies how we serve as liaisons to various external groups. The time is now to make the name change that better reflects the Section's role internally and externally and that better aligns with the mission, vision and strategic plan of the Section.
The official proposal as it relates to bylaws change and impact to the Articles of Incorporation will be forthcoming. We will be sure to walk you through all of the critical steps in this journey that we will travel together.
We believe in the importance to respect the intensity of this moment and its context in our history, while providing our community with the time and space to absorb this proposal and encourage dialogue.
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The Section on Women's Health has been consistently sharing Name Change progress updates with the membership through The Weekly Update Newsletter issues. Below is a collection of the name change mentions. If you are a new SoWH member or about to join, please Sign Up for Our Weekly Newsletter to gain access to our latest news, resources and events.
a Component of the American Physical Therapy Association
We are a professional association of over 3,000 physical therapists treating patients with pelvic and abdominal health issues worldwide. Members provide the latest evidence-based physical therapy services to everyone from childbearing women to peri-menopausal mothers, young athletes to men with incontinence or other pelvic health complications. In addition to top-quality continuing education, certification, and Clinical Practice Guidelines, the Section provides the Journal on Women’s Health Physical Therapy, PT Locator directory, lab training in pelvic and abdominal health physical therapy, career resources, and networking.