Sports & Fitness/Wellness

Applying Population Health Frameworks in Pediatric Physical Therapist Practice to Promote Child and Family Wellness

Saturday, November 10
7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
Location: Ballroom H/I - Convention Center

The United States leads the world in medical advances, but this comes at a price. In 2016, healthcare expenditures exceeded 3 trillion dollars and far surpassed our peers, yet we fell below the average in terms of key health indicators (e.g., childhood obesity). Moreover, rates of chronic, non-communicable diseases (e.g., diabetes) are on the rise, and have supplanted acute, infectious diseases as the leading causes of mortality and morbidity. Non-communicable diseases take root in childhood, and are nourished over time by our social and physical environments. When we take a closer look at the distribution of various child health outcomes, there exist significant associations with socioeconomic and environmental disadvantage. The time has come for a fundamental shift in the way we think about health and healthcare. Moving forward we need to consider applying population health frameworks, with the goal of reducing health disparities and optimizing child health. The purpose of this session is to provide an overview of current population health frameworks, and consider strategies therapists can apply in practice on Monday.

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Dawn Magnusson, PT, PhD

Assistant Professor
University of Colorado

Dr. Magnusson is an Assistant Professor in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program and Rehabilitation Sciences Program at the University of Colorado. She received a PhD in Population Health Sciences from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in General Academic Pediatrics (focus: Health Disparities Research) through the Department of Pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Her research broadly explores the mechanisms underlying health disparities in vulnerable populations, and seeks to inform the development of innovative, community-based models of care that advance health and health equity for traditionally underserved children with developmental delay/disability.

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Connie Johnson, PT, DScPT

Physical Therapist
Fairfax County Public Schools

Dr. Johnson is a physical therapist with Fairfax County Public Schools where she provides training and program development for physical and occupational therapists in the area of Knowledge Translation. She has authored articles on fitness for youth with disabilities, work capacity evaluation for youth with disabilities and on the use of the Guide to Physical Therapist Practice in Pediatrics. She is an active member of the Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy, participating in the Practice Committee and serving as the Director for Region V. She has been developing Fit4Work programming for youth with disabilities since 2012.

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