PPS Awards Committee Announces NEW Section Award


Like all associations, PPS is only as strong as its members and volunteers who dedicate their time to advance the association and profession.

It is important for any organization of volunteers to recognize those who lead and serve on their behalf. The PPS Awards Committee was devised to identify and manage the annual recognition of members and non-members who have made exceptional contributions to the section and the profession.

Every year, the Awards Committee honors these industry champions through three awards: the Dicus Award, the Friend of Private Practice Award, and the Board Service Award. Yet, the Awards Committee felt there was an opportunity to recognize other PPS members that have made or are making a significant impact in their profession and community.

To address that need, our committee has worked together with the Board of Directors to create a new section award. The Awards Committee would like to introduce the Private Practice Section Community Impact Award. This new award is intended and designed to honor a PPS member who demonstrates the core values of excellence, integrity, social responsibility, altruism, and professional duty. Someone who has developed and created a unique and sustainable program that positively impacts their community. The service or special program, pro bono or commercial, must promote physical therapy as a first/frontline service to patients or the community at large and have a meaningful impact on the community.

The successful candidate will meet the following criteria:

  • Must be a physical therapist member of the Private Practice Section.
  • Has participated and been involved in the Section through attendance, volunteer activities, committee and/or task force appointments and/or other APTA/PPS activities.
  • Has provided a service or special program (pro bono or commercial) that promotes physical therapy as a first/frontline service to patients (or the community at large) and has a meaningful impact on the community.
  • Has provided a special program or service that has demonstrated sustainability for a minimum of two years.

Some PPS members meet this criterion today. Now it is time to be recognized! The Awards Committee wants to know who they are and how much they are doing for our profession, so we may recognize them with this award. Please consider who may be deserving of this award. Prepare your thoughts and plan to submit your nominations for the Community Impact Award by May 19, 2021.

The inaugural Community Impact award will be presented at this year’s PPS Annual Conference and Exhibit 2021 in Dallas, Texas.

Visit www.ppsapta.org/awards/ to submit your nomination form today!

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