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APTA Names Justin Moore Chief Executive Officer

Tuesday, June 7, 2016   (2 Comments)
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Dear Colleagues:


Last evening, the American Physical Therapy Association's 72nd House of Delegates got under way in Nashville. In my remarks to the House of Delegates, I made important announcements about our association and the work we are undertaking to achieve the vision. I'd like to share 2 of those with you today.


First, APTA has named Justin Moore, PT, DPT, as chief executive officer. A physical therapist and veteran of both the profession and the association with more than 20 years' experience, Justin earned the Board of Directors' overwhelming support to lead the organization. His tenure will begin July 1, 2016.


Justin currently is executive vice president of public affairs, leading the government affairs, payment, and communications areas at APTA. He has been with APTA for 17 years and previously oversaw the association's practice and research departments. In this recent period of transition for APTA, Justin has very capably served as acting CEO. After a thoughtful and deliberative process, with thorough consideration of many approaches to identifying the right person, the board selected Justin for the position. He has demonstrated talent and integrity, and he is deeply committed to APTA's mission. His experience, extensive knowledge, and many relationships both inside and outside the profession will serve our organization well and help drive us to continued growth and success.


Working closely with Justin will be the 2016-2017 Board of Directors, new members of which were elected on Monday by the House of Delegates. You can find the results of the elections here. This is an important annual function of the House, as it determines who will help guide APTA and profession throughout the coming year.


To truly transform society, APTA must also engage members of the public to raise awareness of the benefits of physical therapist services. That's why I was also excited to announce that, in response to a national public health epidemic of opioid misuse and abuse, APTA is launching a public education campaign targeting patients and prescribers. The #ChoosePT campaign points to physical therapy as a safe alternative to prescription drugs for pain management.


Physical therapy is one of the nonopioid alternatives recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in recently released guidelines that urge prescribers to reduce the use of opioids for most long-term pain management. APTA's #ChoosePT campaign and the CDC guidelines come at a time when increasing numbers of Americans across all parts of society are being touched by the opioid epidemic, which includes misuse of prescription opioids and heroin use. According to the CDC, the rate of overdose deaths involving opioids has nearly quadrupled since 1999, and in 2012 enough opioid prescriptions were written for "every American adult to have their own bottle of pills." The #ChoosePT campaign is meant to remind patients that nonopioid pain management options exist and that they have a choice when it comes to their care.


One thing is certain: we are better together. While APTA's launch of this national campaign will capture attention, we will only truly be successful if we all work together to extend our reach. APTA will partner with components to amplify efforts, but every member of the association can act, too.


Please take a moment to review the campaign resources and think about ways in which you can play a part. Two simple ways to get started are creating awareness on social media and talking to your patients and clients about this important issue.


Those looking to support the campaign on social media or learn more should use the #ChoosePT hashtag and follow @MoveForwardPT on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. The #ChoosePT campaign website,, includes a downloadable pain self-assessment, facts about pain and the opioid epidemic, tips for avoiding chronic pain, and a campaign toolkit.


As we move into the second half of 2016, I'm humbled and pleased to continue to serve our profession as we enact our vision. Exciting times are ahead, and I look forward to our continued work together.





Sharon Dunn, PT, PhD, OCS

President, American Physical Therapy Association


Peter Barnett says...
Posted Sunday, September 4, 2016
I just completed the member survey and think it needs a comment box.
Peter Barnett says...
Posted Sunday, September 4, 2016
My last 3 job applicants were not APTA members. I am delighted to be able to search for their names in our profession and have the search say "not a member". Good use of my dues . Iam still full time Pvt. Practice PT (since 1977) with full case load .

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