OPTA News & Information


APTA Awards Submissions Being Accepted NOW!

APTA is currently accepting awards submissions for the Outstanding Physical Therapist Assistant Award and the Outstanding Physical Therapist / Physical Therapist Assistant Team Awards.

 The Outstanding Physical Therapist Assistant Award recognizes a physical therapist assistant who has provided clinical services for a minimum of 5 years. This award honors  individual achievements in the areas of patient care, community service, and commitment toward the profession and association.

 The Outstanding Physical Therapist/Physical Therapist Assistant Team Award honors professionals who have individually provided clinical service for a minimum of 5 years, and have positively affected the quality of physical therapy through their combined teamwork during a period of at least 3 years. This award recognizes a PT/PTA team whose positive work has contributed to the delivery of high-quality physical therapist services.

 The deadline for application submission to APTA is December 1, 2018.

  

 

OPTA Participates in the 2018 PT Day of Service

 

 

Bethany Lukens Selected as 2018 Recipient of the APTA Emerging Leader Award!
The APTA Emerging Leader Award was established to annually honor individuals who have demonstrated extraordinary service to the profession and APTA early in their careers.  Bethany was recognized by the local Oregon Chapter as an individual who has made exceptional overall accomplishments and contributions to the Association, the chapter, and to the physical therapy profession.  Thank you for all your efforts Bethany!

 

Congratulations to OPTA's Adama Sanou!
On April 4, 2018, APTA announced its 2018 Honors and Awards Program recipients, and Adama Sanou, SPTA, was selected by the APTA's Board of Directors to receive the Minority Scholarship Award for Student Physical Therapist Assistants.  Great job on your achievement Adama!

 

OPTA's Keaton Ray Discusses Igniting Speech at NSC 2017 in Oregon


OPTA Awarded National Grant To Advance Quality Of Life And Evidence Based Practice For Seniors Living With Arthritis

The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACCD) selected OPTA as one of three national grant recipients to increase awareness and implementation of the Walk With Ease (WWE) self-directed intervention program for arthritis management. OPTA expects to reach out to and enroll over 400 seniors from a variety of independent community and supported care settings in WWE in 2018.

“This grant will support a strong collaboration between physical therapists, health systems, community programs, and residential centers that will assist in improving the quality of life for older adults affected by joint pain and arthritis”, says Jose L. Reyna, PT, DPT, principal OPTA grantee.

Coordinated efforts with the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) Oregon Arthritis Program, Pacific University’s School of Physical Therapy, and Oregon State University (OSU) Extension Services’ Walk With Ease program is expected to improve physical therapist and primary care awareness of the WWE program. “The NACDD grant will help the OPTA and state agencies to assess strengths and collaborative opportunities for advancing WWE outreach and implementation, and create a sustainability plan for ongoing access, resources, and funding”, says Reyna. “Ultimately, OPTA, OHA and OSU want to advance best practices to improve mobility and the quality of life for seniors affected by arthritis, and the NACCD grant provides us the funding to make positive changes in our community’s health awareness.”

To get involved contact OPTA member Jose Reyna, DPT, PT at [email protected]