Helping the APPT Serve YOU, Our Members: Town Hall Meeting

Friday, November 9
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: Chattanoogan Hotel Amphitheater

This session offers an opportunity for interested members to come together with a goal of hearing about APTA directions by talking with APTA staff and APPT leaders. The session will begin with the APPT Chief Delegate to the APTA House of Delegates (HOD) providing a summary of motions and activity in the 2018 HOD held in June 2018. Ideas for motions that the APPT might want to consider in the 2019 HOD will be discussed. The session will continue with the Vice President of Government Affairs for APTA providing a summary of recent federal and state legislative, regulatory and policy changes that impact pediatric PT. Directions for the future legislative initiatives will also be described and discussed. Opportunities and ideas for advocacy on state and local levels will be shared. This will be your chance to learn about ways WE can be heard and WE can influence the future of PT services for children. Listen or engage – it is YOUR Town Hall. Primary presenters/facilitators are Mary Jane Rapport and Justin Elliott.

Learning Objectives:

Mary Jane K. Rapport, PT, DPT, PhD, FAPTA

Professor; Pediatric PT Residency Program Director; Student Services Coordinator
University of Colorado

Dr. Rapport is a Professor in the School of Medicine, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Department of Pediatrics at the
University of Colorado. She is the Director of the Pediatric Physical Therapy Residency Program, Student Services Coordinator for the DPT Program,
Co-Director of the Teaching Scholars Program, a member of the Academy of Medical Educators, and the PT Discipline Director for the LEND program
through JFK Partners. She has been an active member of the APPT and has been serving as Chief Delegate and in a leadership role in the ACE SIG..


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Justin Elliott

Vice President of Government Affairs
American Physical Therapy Association

As vice president of government affairs at APTA, Justin Elliott leads the association's legislative and regulatory priorities at both the state and federal levels. He has held several positions at APTA since joining the association in 2002, serving as APTA's director of state government affairs from 2008-2015, and associate director of state government affairs from 2002-2008. Prior to joining APTA, he worked at KM Strategies, a government affairs and issue management firm. He was the communications director for Fairfax County Supervisor Penelope A. Gross and also served as an advisor on her successful reelection campaign. He got his start on Capitol Hill serving as an intern in the offices of Sen Charles Robb and Rep Tom Davis, both of Virginia. He received his bachelor's degree in communications and minor in political science from Virginia Tech.


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Katy Neas

Executive Vice President, Public Affairs
American Physical Therapy Association

Katy Neas is executive vice president of public affairs at APTA. Prior to joining APTA, she spent 23 years at Easterseals, a national nonprofit provider of direct services to children and adults with disabilities and their families. Her roles at Easterseals included federal and state government relations advocacy, oversight of federal grants and contracts and management of the Easterseals Office of Public Affairs. A long-time disability rights advocate, shebegan her career on the Senate Subcommittee on Disability Policy during the development and enactment of the Americans with Disabilities Act. In addition to working with APTA, she also serves as the immediate past chair of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities, the largest coalition of national organizations working together to advocate for federal public policy that ensures the self-determination, independence, empowerment, integration and inclusion of children and adults with disabilities in all aspects of society. A graduate of Georgetown University, she hails from Des Moines, Iowa


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