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The First 90 Days - A Message from APTANJ President, Mike Eisenhart

Tuesday, July 21, 2015   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Daniel Klim
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Just about 90 days ago, I stood in front of a room full of APTAnj Members and, along with new members of the Council of Directors (COD), took the oath that effectively began the team's term as your elected leadership. 3 months -- whew, it flies! 

However, I am really excited to report that this group has come out of the gates strong, reaffirming what we already knew, that our association is one of passionate people who are ready to do great things; individuals who are ready to take the charge of "transforming society" to heart and figure out how best to help Get. It. Done.  Although it would be far too long a note to list all that is underway, I wanted to share some of the highlights and some of the challenges that lie in front of us and to solicit your help - since we know that with a strong pipeline of engaged members New Jersey can lead the transformation!

  • Day 23: A1648 Passes Regulated Profession's Committee - after many meetings and a lot of background work by the previous leadership and COD, Assembly Bill 1648 was heard by committee in Trenton.  Although the bill has opposition, APTAnj, along with supporters were able to gain committee passage with a 7-0-1 vote, a strong victory.  Since that time much has progressed and we continue to work hard to see the bill advance to next steps in the Assembly and NJ Senate.  
  • Day 44: House of Delegates (HOD) - each year APTAnj, along with all of the chapters of the APTA, sends a delegation (based on the number of chapter members) to consider, debate and set policy for our association.  In addition, this group is charged by the membership to elect APTA board leadership.  2015 was an important year, as the delegations had to elect a new president, vice president, new board members and members of the national nominating committee; this in addition to considering a variety of policies and positions that ranged from topics such as the movement system and primary care teams, to positions on the PT's role in wellness and nutrition, as well as health IT systems.  NJ was well represented with a strong and active delegation, I was honored to be a part of it.
  • Days 55-56: Leadership Conference & 2 Year Planning - after returning from the HOD it was time to roll up our sleeves and get to work planning-out the remainder of next two years. After reviewing the previous strategic plans and recent efforts related to strategic planning, the COD and a group of volunteer-members came together and authored what I consider to be a very strong plan to help guide the chapter's work.  We adopted the national vision, tweaked the mission statement a bit, stratified the chapter's work into three key areas (community, profession and member), outlined 3 critical goals and 11 key objectives. There is much to be done, but with a strong plan and passionate people, I'm confident we can do it.
  • Day 65: State of New Jersey Innovation Model (SIM) - APTAnj was represented at the Delivery System Transformation Summit held at Rutgers University in New Brunswick. Along with members of government agencies, banking and insurance, large health systems as well as provider associations, our profession was there at the table building relationships and ensuring the value we bring to the equation is considered....more to come. 
  • Day 73: Final Adoption of 2 Year Plan - with lots of thought and review as well as some important refinements, a final edit team submitted the 2 year plan to the COD with the recommendation to begin the work.  I excited about the final product, it's ambitious but doable. Please take a look at the plan HERE and let me know your thoughts.
  • Day 93: A CALL TO ACTION - so here we are - about 3 months in the history books, leaving 21 months to take a few big steps forward toward societal transformation.....and we are confident we can do it....but not alone.

Society is not well. We all know this, because we see it up close and personal everyday. Now more than ever, we need those members who are ready to get involved to let us know -- if we're going to do great things, we need more minds on the problem.  Now more than ever, we need members to point us in the direction of their colleagues and friends who they know to be passionate about the profession whether they agree with every move the association makes or not -- if we're going to tackle transformation at the societal level we are going to need diverse and creative folks, especially those who are willing to see the problems from a new vantage.  And, now more than ever, we need the experience of our veteran members to merge with the energy of our new graduates -- matching those who have seen the world change with those who have the energy to change it again is a powerful combination.

And so, here's the ask - please complete these few questions.  Tell us a bit about your interests and your strengths; point us in the direction of your passionate colleagues and engage with us -- we are ready to do big things....but it'll never happen...without you.



Mike Eisenhart, PT

President, APTAnj

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