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Posted on: April 5th, 2017 by Aika Barzhaxynova No Comments

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Section on Women’s Health Launches New Mission, Vision, and Strategic Plan

Posted on: January 16th, 2017 by Aika Barzhaxynova No Comments

Watch the President’s Message:

In honor of our 40th anniversary in 2017, we are rolling out new and upgraded membership benefits building on the wonderful feedback we received from the 2016 SOWH Membership Survey and the 18-month organizational study administered by the SOWH Name Change Task Force and Navigate Consulting.

Through these efforts, you’ve told us you most value evidence-based research and practices such as those in our Journal of Women’s Health Physical Therapy, our discounted education courses, and our ever-growing programming at the APTA Combined Sections Meeting.

The membership survey also confirms that being part of a passionate, professional, and specialized community is vital to you, especially connections made via our PT Locator directory and events. In response, we are improving and expanding even more of these services. Watch for monthly updates throughout 2017!

Most importantly in this celebratory year, SOWH will be enacting a new mission, vision, and strategic plan that simultaneously re-centers on our historical roots and secures our position as a contemporary, innovative organization. These statements demonstrate our continued commitment to both our members and to being a member-driven organization—just as we were when founded by Elizabeth Noble in 1977.

The inspiration for a next-generation mission-vision emerged while the SOWH Board of Directors was crafting a three- to five-year strategic plan. Moving forward, the Section will focus on the following:


Our mission is to advance global excellence in abdominal and pelvic health through evidence-based practice, innovative education, research, and social responsibility.


As a global authority in abdominal and pelvic health, we transform society by empowering professionals and people everywhere.


Join our member-led, collaborative, nonprofit community! We are committed to education, research, and promotion of personalized care in abdominal and pelvic physical therapy.

The need for this shift surfaced organically as the Section grew to nearly 3,000 members and developed a richer cache of member data, rebranding research, and insightful feedback. The board realized it needed to create a brand that clarifies our unique values, attributes, and purpose. Like the world around us, our practice, patients, and members have evolved dramatically in the past four decades, presenting new opportunities and shifting needs and desires. Why should members join us today? How can we make a difference in their lives and those of their patients?

These answers go far beyond a name change for the organization. Our rapidly growing educational offerings—nearly double the number offered in 2016–focus almost exclusively on pelvic and abdominal health physical therapy, as do the most popular contributions for our journal, on-demand learning modules, and conference programming. Analytics from multiple sources show that professionals and consumers alike are reaching out to us specifically for guidance around pelvic, abdominal, and obstetrics physical therapy issues. However, our mission and vision at that time did not clearly reflect our specialty or inclusiveness as it is actually practiced.

The new strategic plan sets the stage for the next exciting decade! Although it identifies six primary goals, all of them are bound by the themes of increasing communications, data-driven decision-making, and service to an increasingly diverse and global physical therapy community.

The Six Goals of the 2016 to 2019-plus Strategic Plan:

  1. Provide multi-level professional education that is excellent, relevant, and diverse.
  2. Conduct effective branding that is supported by timely, clear marketing and communications.
  3. Build community through professional and social networking, and create opportunities for the next generation of leaders.
  4. Promote best practices through practice guidelines.
  5. Develop and implement a rigorous research strategy.
  6. Review our governance structure and practices to become a more strategic board.

Our redefined future actually beckons us back to the roots of our initial creation, when we were known as the APTA Section on Obstetrics and Gynecology. Our latest shift reaffirms that what SOWH “owns” in the physical therapy community is primarily what we treat – pelvic and abdominal health.

I am tremendously proud and grateful for the amount of work achieved by so many volunteers and your elected leaders and staff during the past year and a half. A heartfelt thanks goes to every one of you who shared your opinions and ideas via the membership survey, 2016 town hall meeting, one-on-one interviews with our consultants, and other communications. We could not have accomplished this without your feedback and faith!

In terms of next steps, an overall Program of Work is underway to break down the plan into assigned tasks and duties of committees, task forces, staff, and the board. We welcome your involvement! Please contact Volunteer Coordinator Ashley Watts at [email protected] if you’d like to participate in any of our projects to improve the world’s pelvic and abdominal health.

Meanwhile, the Name Change Task Force will continue its work toward a potential new name reflective of our distinctive focus on pelvic and abdominal health. The goal is to make a recommendation to membership and APTA in the upcoming year. Please direct any related questions to Name Change Task Force Chair Carrie Pagliano, [email protected].

With an aligned mission, vision, and strategic plan, I’m confident we are ready for our future and are better positioned to advance excellence through evidence-based practice, innovative education, research, and social responsibility!

If you have any feedback, we want to hear from you. Please email Executive Director Kristin Clarke at [email protected], who will be sharing member communications with the board. Thank you again for your loyalty to the Section and profession. We’re looking forward to being on this exciting journey with you!

AUTHOR: Patricia Wolfe, PT, MS, is president of SOWH. She can be reached at [email protected]






SOWH Is Hiring: Physical Therapist (Independent Contractor) for 10 Hours/Week

Posted on: December 21st, 2016 by Aika Barzhaxynova No Comments

Section on Women’s Health, a nonprofit professional association of physical therapists specializing in pelvic and abdominal health, seeks a licensed physical therapist to independently contract for a long-term commitment of 10 hours a week. Duties include co-creating and conducting strategies that deliver and grow pelvic and abdominal PT educational courses at sites across the U.S., assisting in the recruitment and delivery of new SOWH[LM1] “collaborative courses,” and helping to manage contract negotiations for Certificate of Achievement-Pelvic Health/OB and collaborative courses. He or she also will schedule instructors, coordinate evaluations of courses by peers and attendees, and conduct annual instructor reviews.

Other duties will include answering PT-related member questions sent to SOWH headquarters, building relationships with host sites, co-leading a certificate-to-credential development process,[LM2] and onboarding instructors/lab assistants. SOWH also offers several international courses, which the contractor would help coordinate and market as part of a member committee.

Requirements: At least 4 years of professional PT experience, preferably in pelvic, abdominal or orthopaedic physical therapy. A fast-learning self-starter who enjoys working independently and works well in a team. Strong diplomatic skills and a committed to excellent customer/member service. An excellent communicator with good computer skills (Microsoft Office) and the ability to juggle many projects at once.

Compensation: $42/hour for 10 hours/week, 49-50 weeks a year. Work hours are negotiable as long as they are at regular times across the business hours of Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. EST.

This position is virtual. Great opportunity for a PT interested in part-time contract work that is meaningful to the profession, as well as to the patients it serves!


Headquartered in McLean, Va., (Tysons Corner) SOWH is affiliated with the American Physical Therapy Association.

To apply, please submit CV and cover letter to [email protected] no later than January 10, 2017.






PT Code Values Survey: Your Input Is Critical

Posted on: October 7th, 2016 by Aika Barzhaxynova No Comments

APTA is distributing an American Medical Association survey to a random sampling of members about certain existing CPT codes related to  PT procedures. The survey aims to determine the “professional work” value and time involved in the PT’s provision of services identified by each of these codes. “Professional work value” includes the mental effort and judgment, technical skill, and psychological stress involved in providing the service. APTA will submit the survey data to AMA’s Relative Value Scale Update Committee (RUC) Health Care Professions Advisory Committee (HCPAC), a multispecialty committee to develop values for CPT codes based in part on such survey data. The RUC HCPAC will recommend the professional work value of these procedure codes to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. If you get a survey email , it is critically important to complete it. Time: 45-60 minutes. Responses are anonymous. To learn more, watch this video.






Women’s Health Specialty Council Is Accepting Applications for Specialization Academy of Content Experts

Posted on: July 18th, 2016 by Aika Barzhaxynova No Comments

The Women’s Health Specialty Council is now accepting applications for the Specialization Academy of Content Experts (SACE). This is an opportunity to write items for the specialist certification examinations.

As a SACE you are assigned a mentor to help guide you as you develop items for submission for a two-year term. SACE members receive a $100 discount on registration if they attend CSM and also will receive points toward maintenance of their certification for questions that are used for the Women’s Health exam.

Applications will be accepted until August 1, 2016.

The application and more details about this process are on the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists website:

If you have questions, please contact Stacie Dichsen, PT, WCS, at [email protected].






We are now accepting 2017 CSM Student Scholarship Applications!

Posted on: July 6th, 2016 by Aika Barzhaxynova No Comments


One fully-funded registration to the 2017 Combined Sections Meeting in San Antonio, TX is up-for-grabs!!

The Section on Women’s Health sponsors one student each year to go to CSM. One student physical therapist with an interest in the women’s health field will be selected to receive full payment of registration for CSM. (Travel and lodging not included.)


  • Member of SoWH.
  • Complete a two-hour slot at the CSM SoWH booth.
  • Attend the SoWH Business and Town Hall meeting at CSM.
  • Assist the Director of Programming in coordinating opportunities for Student involvement at CSM.
  • Write a 500-word perspective for the SoWH newsletter about the student experienceat CSM.

Selection Based On:

  • Letter submitted by the student reflecting interest, experience, and plans for future involvement inthe field of women’s health physical therapy.
  • Letter of recommendation submitted by faculty member at the student’s program. It is preferable,but not required, that the faculty member also be a member of the SoWH.

To Apply:

  • Please submit both letters and any questions to Valerie Bobb at [email protected].
  • Both letters due no later than October 1, 2016.
  • Applicants will be notified of results by October 15, 2016.






APTA Federal Forum: A Report from Capitol Hill

Posted on: June 21st, 2016 by Aika Barzhaxynova No Comments
SOWH Federal Affairs Chair GailZitterkopf (left) and Director of Programming Sandy Hilton are among the hundreds of APTA physical therapists participating in the 2016 Federal Forum to create and support stronger PT-related legislation.

SOWH Federal Affairs Chair Gail Zitterkopf (left) and Director of Programming Sandy Hilton are among the hundreds of APTA physical therapists participating in the 2016 Federal Forum to create and support stronger PT-related legislation.

By Gail Zitterkopf, PT,DPT, CLT, CKTP

The American Physical Therapy Association holds an annual Federal Advocacy Forum to update physical therapists on Medicare and Medicaid billing, train them in lobbying skills, and learn new technologies.

The 2016 forum drew nearly 260 therapists to Washington, DC, April 3-5 to learn about and educate legislators and Capitol Hill staff on three main issues: (1) a Therapy Cap Repeal; (2) the Physical Therapy Workforce and Patient Access Act (including student loan forgiveness); and (3) Medicare Locum Tenens  (allowing a therapist to cover the work of a therapist out on family or medical leave, vacation, or other reasons in a private practice). The following are highlights of each. More specifics can be located in the APTA Advocacy app (downloadable from or on APTA’s Advocacy website at

Medicare Access to Rehabilitation Services Act (S. 539/H.R. 775)

On April 15, 2015, the U.S. Senate passed the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (H.R. 2) legislation to repeal and reform the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula. The act extends the Medicare therapy cap exceptions process through December 31, 2017, with provisions to allow CMS to better target manual medical reviews.

Last year, 58 Senators supported the Cardin/Vitter Amendment to the SGR legislation to fully repeal the Medicare therapy cap ; this would permanently remove the arbitrary $1,920 therapy max on Medicare patients.  Despite falling short by two votes, the effort showed the broad bipartisan support for this patient access issue.

Although we made the greatest progress in the last 18 years, APTA believes this was a missed opportunity for a long-term solution and puts beneficiaries at further risk when the extension expires December 31, 2017. Thus, therapists asked representatives to co-sponsor legislation to repeal the Medicare therapy cap, since the therapy cap is arbitrary and does not take clinical condition into account. Sadly, the therapy cap affects those who need therapy the most.

Prior to the forum, there were 223 co-sponsors in the U.S. House of Representatives. APTA members’ legislative visit to Capitol Hill resulted in positive movement, with 22 new cosponsors added to the three main bills: therapy cap, locum tenens, and student loan  repayment.

Please communicate your support for this bill to your elected officials! Form letters can be found on the PTaction app (on your mobile device) or online in the Legislative Action Center,

Physical Therapist Workforce and Patient Access Act (H.R. 2342/S. 1426)

This bill would include physical therapists in the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) and is legislation that matches the corps’ goals and mission . Basically, it would help alleviate demand on other primary care providers to increase those served by providing greater patient access to rehabilitation, which is currently not part of the program.

The NHSC allows medical service providers to apply to work in an underserved rural area; in exchange, the corps will provide up to two years of loan forgiveness. The NHSC has an 82% retention rate (PTs who go to work in these areas often remain in these areas), which would help meet the workforce needs of underserved areas. Demand for physical therapy continues to grow faster than other primary care disciplines. Most importantly, this legislation is budget- neutral, e.g., it does not cost the government nor taxpayers any money!

Prevent Interruptions in Physical Therapy Act (H.R. 556/S. 313)

This legislation allows physical therapists to enter into locum tenens arrangements under Medicare . Under current law, private practice PTs participating in the Medicare program are not able to bring in another licensed physical therapist to their professional practices when they are temporarily absent due to illness, pregnancy, vacation, or continuing medical education.

Currently, physicians are able to bring a provider who is certified by Medicare in their practice to cover for them during such absences. Without this agreement the therapist must choose between providing free care to the patient or placing the patient’s care on hold during the absence.

Locum tenens arrangements benefit both patients and providers, since care is continued short-term by another licensed qualified provider. Because rural areas have a greater density of private practices, local tenens disproportionately affects rural areas, where there are greater shortages of providers . An interruption in PT care can lead to patient regression and higher costs to the health care system over time.

AUTHOR: Gail Zitterkopf, PT,DPT,CLT, CKTP, is the Section’s Federal Government Affairs Chair.






*NEW* Student Debt: The High Cost to the Physical Therapy Profession

Posted on: May 17th, 2016 by Aika Barzhaxynova No Comments
Through advocacy and scholarships, the SOWH is trying to reduce debtg burden for PT students in women's and men's health.

Through advocacy and scholarships, SOWH is trying to reduce debt burden for PT students in women’s and men’s health.

By Alicia Jeffrey 

As the class of 2016 races to the finish line, excitedly going through graduation and beginning our first jobs as physical therapists, many of us feel the shadow of debt looming close behind.

The “real world” is approaching, and it’s becoming difficult to shake the strange feeling of impending doom that accompanies the thought of student loans. This may sound like gross hyperbole, but more than a few studies link financial stress to poor mental and physical health.

The cost of attending physical therapy school has been skyrocketing, although this trend is not unique. Tuition for graduate and professional programs for all fields has

been rising, too. However, tuition for physical therapy programs has more than tripled in the last 15 years—that should raise concern within the profession.

Students are frequently reminded we’re lucky to be going into a profession with such a stable job outlook, but the debt-to-income ratio for newly graduated physical therapists continues to climb to a point that many of us feel suffocated.

Statistics show that we have reason to feel that way. In the last 15 years, median salaries for physical therapists have increased only 2.6% annually–roughly enough to keep up with inflation—while private school costs have increased 4.6% per year, and public school costs have risen 7.9% per year.

Fortunately, I have no loans from my undergraduate degree, but between three years of DPT tuition and living expenses, I have accumulated over $120,000 in student debt.

Ironically, I have that scary debt total despite choosing to attend the “cheap” in-state school and despite my burning desire as a college senior to experience a further-afield adventure. It’s frightening that even with this financial foresight, my monthly loan payments will easily exceed what I will pay in rent and utilities on a house after graduation.

New graduates are often forced into an impossible situation in which we cannot find the money to make important life purchases. Our stress level is through the roof as we carefully try to avoid any financial mishaps that will throw off our meticulous budgeting. And to make matters worse, we are chastised by the media, which notes our generation is not adequately contributing to the economy by not buying houses and new cars!

In addition, approximately one-third of my graduating class is engaged and is trying to save money for a wedding (on top of loan payments and the typical acquired expenses associated with graduation). Many young professionals are opting for prolonged engagements to save up for a modest wedding. What will happen when these young couples begin having children?

The most common response we receive when expressing our concerns is, “Well, you knew what you were getting into.”

Did we really? As an early 20-something, I was most concerned with finding my passion and making sure that I was going into a rewarding field. Physical therapy felt like the right choice. I was overly optimistic about how quickly I could pay off my loans, and after all, with no significant scholarships to speak of, how hard could it be if everyone else in PT school was going through the same thing?

The problem is that no one has wanted to admit they are struggling with their loan burdens.

We can do better. Physical therapy is one of the most rewarding and fundamental health professions. Changes must be made to help alleviate the cost for students and new graduates in order to keep attracting bright talent into the field of men’s and women‘s health. We cannot continue to prey on the altruistic individuals often drawn to the physical therapy profession.

Are there alternative financial aid programs that could be developed? Perhaps expanded access to assistantships and scholarships in lieu of loans? Professional burnout will continue to worsen if new grads believe they need to take on multiple jobs just to make ends meet.

Put simply: Our profession must take better care of its members–as students, as early-career professionals, and as full-time physical therapists.


 Author: Alicia Jeffrey can be reached at [email protected].






*NEW* SOWH Opens Its Courses to Physical Therapist Assistants: Recognizing the Critical Role of PTAs in Pelvic Health Rehabilitation

Posted on: May 12th, 2016 by Aika Barzhaxynova No Comments

By Lora Ann Mize

The board of directors of the Section on Women’s Health has been evaluating the role of the physical therapist assistant (PTA) in pelvic health practice. Historically, SOWH pelvic health courses have been rp_Lori-Mize-150x150.pngopen only to physical therapists due to the ongoing evaluation and assessment involved in internal pelvic examinations.

However, the board now recognizes that PTAs both have an important role to play and a benefit to receive from the education their PT colleagues receive. During APTA’s 2016 Combined Sections Meeting, we voted unanimously to accept a new PTA Education Statement recognizing and inviting PTAs to participate in Section courses as a vital part of the PT/PTA pelvic health rehabilitation team.

We hope PTAs will attend any of our 24 courses in 2016—including all CAPP-Pelvic and CAPP-OB courses–for education and training that prepares them for this role. Access to the Section’s Collaborative Courses (those unrelated to the CAPP courses) will be determined on an individual basis and in conjunction with the particular instructor and owner of that material.

PTs and PTAs who comprise a pelvic health team are trusted with following their own state practice act and licensing regulations in regards to scope of practice. However, we have developed guidelines regarding the role of the PTA in pelvic health rehabilitation to assist teams who want SOWH help in defining roles. The entire PTA Education Statement is listed below.

If you have any questions, we are happy to help. Contact the director of education at [email protected], or the director of practice at [email protected]. We look forward to more collaboration with our PTA colleagues!

The Section on Women’s Health (SoWH)

Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Education Statement

The Section on Women’s Health (SoWH) invites Physical Therapist Assistants (PTA) to participate in the continuing education courses in the pelvic and pregnancy series (CAPP or Certificate of Achievement in Pelvic/Pregnancy). Participation for PTAs will include successful completion of lab skills testing and written examinations.

Currently, the “CAPP” designation may be achieved by PTs. While PTAs are encouraged to attend CAPP courses, the CAPP designation remains for the practitioners (PTs) who will perform evaluative activities with patients/clients.

The intent of the CAPP courses is to provide a greater knowledge base for the PTA who is working in pelvic health. While the courses include a significant portion of evaluation content, the Section believes that the PTA working in this field benefits from understanding the evaluative components provided by the PT.

In opening courses to our PTA colleagues, SOWH understands that PT/PTA pelvic health teams would desire guidance on appropriate PTA utilization. Thus, the Section is providing the following six statements regarding PTA practice in pelvic health:

  1. Internal pelvic intervention often requires continuous evaluation and assessment. Thus, some patients may not be appropriate candidates for a PTA due to the need for ongoing assessment during interventions.
  1. It is the responsibility of the PT to recognize patients/clients with conditions that require ongoing assessment and evaluation. In these cases, the PT should abstain from delegating these patients/clients to a PTA.
  1. Patients/clients with pelvic health (obstetric, gynecologic, urologic, and gastrointestinal) conditions may have sensitive diagnoses and/or psychosocial considerations that would benefit best from care from a consistent health care provider. Thus, delegation to PTAs for some of these patient/clients should be avoided or managed in such a way to promote patient trust, satisfaction, and adherence.
  1. It is the responsibility of the PT to exercise judgment as to whether a patient/client’s condition or psychosocial health requires an elevated level of sensitivity that may preclude or limit delegation to a PTA.
  1. The SOWH trusts the PT and PTA to know, understand, and adhere to state practice acts and any rules/regulations that govern that PT and PTA’s professional license in relation to working with patients/clients with pelvic health conditions.

The SOWH also acknowledges that many PT/PTA teams would like guidance and examples on appropriate PTA utilization. Thus, the SoWH is providing the following suggestions on interventions that may be appropriately delegated. This is NOT intended to supersede PTA licensure rules and regulations, nor is this intended to be an inclusive list. However, consider this list as a resource for developing PT/PTA pelvic health team collaboration.

With appropriate delegation, PTAs would likely provide the following within the PT’s plan of care:

  • Biofeedback intervention and progression
  • Electrical stimulation intervention for the pelvic floor
  • Internal pelvic floor muscle techniques that do not require ongoing assessment/evaluation
  • External pelvic floor muscle exercise
  • Education of pelvic floor muscle home exercise program
  • Intervention with vaginal weights
  • Intervention with vaginal dilators
  • Behavioral intervention for bowel and bladder
  • Internal pelvic floor tests and measures

SOWH has developed the above statements and guidelines in correlation with the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) statement on PTA practice.

The APTA states the following:

“Physical therapist assistants (PTAs) are educated and licensed clinicians that work under the direction and supervision of a physical therapist to improve your mobility and help you move forward.

PTAs must complete rigorous academic and clinical education associate degree programs; pass a national licensure examination; and be licensed or certified by the states in which they work (the exception is Hawaii, where there is no licensure/certification for PTAs).

Working closely with the physical therapist, they may provide components of your care such as therapeutic exercise, functional training, deep soft tissue massage, and physical modalities such as electrotherapy and ultrasound. PTAs may also provide instruction in exercise, proper body mechanics, and other injury prevention and wellness topics.

PTAs work with physical therapists to treat patients of all ages who have medical problems or other conditions that limit their abilities to move and perform functional activities in their daily lives. They work in all settings, including hospitals, private practices, outpatient clinics, home health agencies, schools, sports and fitness facilities, work settings, and nursing homes.”

(Reference: accessed 12-18-15)

An additional resource regarding appropriate PTA practice:

Author: Lora Ann Mize, PT, DPT, WCS is a board-certified specialist in women’s health and pelvic floor physical therapy. Mize has worked as a clinician in the profession 10 years and is an SOWH instructor in the area of pelvic health, as well as director of education for SOWH. An assistant professor at Lynchburg College Doctorate of Physical Therapy Program, she can be reached at [email protected] 






Job Opening: SOWH Seeks Journal Editor-in-Chief (New Deadline: July 1)

Posted on: April 25th, 2016 by Aika Barzhaxynova No Comments



Application Deadline: July 1, 2016



The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Section on Women’s Health (SOWH) is searching for an editor-in-chief for its peer-reviewed Journal of Women’s Health Physical Therapy (JWHPT). The journal aims to support and progress the mission of SOWH: to advance excellence in the physical therapist profession in women’s and men’s health globally through innovative education, research, and advocacy.

JWHPT is the leading source of clinically applicable evidence for achieving optimal health, wellness, mobility, and physical function across the continuum of health status for issues related to women’s and men’s health. It is published three times per year by Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins with the intention of evolving into a quarterly publication.


Minimum qualifications for the position include an academic doctoral degree (PhD, DSc, EdD), a record of successful peer-review publications, and a record of providing effective peer review for scientific journals in the field of women’s and men’s health. Supervisory experience and a willingness to develop and share accurate journal performance metrics also are desirable.

This is a major opportunity for the right individual to take a leadership role in shaping the global conversation surrounding women’s and men’s health. The position is for a three-year term with an option for yearly extension based on performance as evaluated by the SOWH Board of Directors.


  • Form editorial policy in the selection, revision, and review of proffered manuscripts
  • Organize and execute journal operations and the maintenance of high scientific standards (the editor also must be able to keep within the allotted pages per the contract)
  • Recommend Editorial Board members (Senior Editor and Associate Editors) for approval by the SOWH Executive Committee and Director of Research
  • Recruit, train, and maintain an effective cadre of peer reviewers
  • Chair quarterly Editorial Board conference calls and one in-person meeting at the APTA Combined Sections Meeting to review policies, procedures, and strategies to advance JWHPT
  • Participate in monthly conference calls with the publisher
  • Effectively manage expenses associated with JWHPT operations, including development of a fiscally sound budget
  • Develop a 5-year strategic plan for JWHPT
  • Effectively and consistently communicate with the SOWH Director of Research to produce a high-quality, cost-effective publication
  • Explore and develop electronic and social media to ensure JWHPT can flourish in a time of digital growth
  • Work collaboratively with the publisher to expand subscription and dissemination of JWHPT by exploring partnerships with other professional organizations focused on women’s and men’s health
  • Work collaboratively with the publisher to identify, procure, and approve appropriate advertisements to support publication of JWHPT


Interested applicants should send a letter of intent, a current curriculum vita, and contact information for three professional references to SOWH Director of Research Meryl Alappattu, PT, DPT, PhD, at [email protected]. Please use “JWHPT Editor-in-Chief Application” in the subject line of your e-mail message. Application deadline is July 1, 2016.





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