Advocacy 101: How Can You Influence Change?

Sunday, November 11
10:15 AM - 11:45 AM
Location: Meeting Room 12 - Convention Center

Pediatric physical therapy practice is influenced by federal and state legislation. The importance of pediatric physical therapists not only being aware of current issues regarding such legislation, but also advocating for our profession and the population we serve has become increasingly important. Along with our colleagues in other areas of practice, we have a social responsibility to advocate for access to and delivery of essential and appropriate habilitation and rehabilitation services for the health and well-being of children, adolescents, and adults at risk for and with disabilities and their families. In this session, we will introduce key concepts associated with the process of advocacy, will discuss concerns that may arise in pediatric physical therapy, and will demonstrate how to use available resources to influence change.


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Maria A. Jones, PT, PhD

Clinical Professor/Program Director
Oklahoma City Univeristy

Maria Jones is program director and clinical professor at Oklahoma City University (OCU). She also consults with the Oklahoma Health Care Authority (Oklahoma’s Medicaid program) about policy and authorization of durable medical equipment and physical therapy. Over the years, she has consulted with many state agencies, including the Oklahoma State Department of Education, Oklahoma State Department of Health, Oklahoma Department of Human Services, Developmental Disabilities Services, and Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services about assistive technology and service provision for people with developmental disabilities. Dr. Jones currently serves as the Federal Affairs Liaison for the Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy.


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Erin Bompiani, PT, DPT,PCS

Physical Therapist
Shriners Hospitals for Children

Erin Bompiani has worked in multiple settings across pediatric physical therapy with experience advocating and influencing change in a variety of environments. She is a pediatric physical therapy residency program graduate at Oregon Health and Sciences University and a Board Certified Pediatric Clinical Specialist. Erin works as an assistant professor at Pacific University, in private practice, and as a consultant with Columbia Regional Program. She currently serves the Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy as Region I Director, and as Secretary for the Knowledge Translation Committee.


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