From the President

By Sandra Norby, PT, DPT

Dear PPS Members,

I recently read an article, published on the Harvard Business School website: “The One Good Thing Caused by COVID-19: Innovation.” The authors examine how the COVID-19 pandemic has profoundly influenced the daily activities for businesses and offers perspectives on how innovation can change the normal course of business beyond a crisis. We know that the demands to provide services to our customers by addressing the health and safety risks of COVID-19 have profoundly affected our businesses.

I have been deeply inspired by stories from PPS members regarding innovation over the past few months. From offering virtual Pilates classes led by therapists, to having success marketing orthopedic injury triage services, to the wins with telehealth, our PPS peers are doing what entrepreneurs do well: they see an opportunity and develop a plan for success within the environment given to them. Kudos to all!

I would like to take a moment to congratulate the APTA on the innovation and success of the Virtual House of Delegates, held June 1-3, 2020. I also congratulate the Delegates for their bold actions in passing several key motions this year. The final House positions and polices that were adopted or amended will be available online by September 4, 2020. I share with you three specific RCs of note. RC 6-10 – Allow Sections to vote in the HOD; RC 22-20 Practice and Business Financial Arrangements for physical therapists; and RC 41-20 Appropriate use of telehealth in physical therapy.

The Section vote is historic and will require an amendment to our bylaws. PPS led a diverse task force to write language for RC 22-20 and has resources available on the PPS website. Best practices in telehealth are timely and important for our professional association to lead the charge.

I look forward to reading this edition of Impact with you.

We are better together. 


Luo H and Galasso A. The One Good Thing Caused by COVID-19: Innovation. Harvard Business School website. Published May 7, 2020.

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