The Monday Memo: 10/12/2015

The Monday Memo

October 12, 2015                                                                             PITT DPT STUDENTS

“Planning for the Future”

Any purposeful action requires a plan.  A wise person draws out a plan of attack before approaching any important task.  For instance, individually, we all have a certain methodology when walking into an evaluation of a patient or assessing a client’s deficits.  We must first identify the problem before we can begin to remedy the problem.  But how do we address issues that affect society, such as disparities in healthcare utilization, shortcomings in healthcare’s effectiveness, or the increased demand for healthcare due to the Baby Boomer generation?  The most ambitious attempt to form a plan of attack in addressing these issues to date is Healthy People 2020.


Healthy People 2020 is an all-encompassing plan to improve societal health measures and quality of life.  It includes objectives to improve 26 leading health indicators, such as access to health services, preventative services, mental health, substance abuse, and nutrition.  But how does physical therapy play a role in accomplishing the objectives spelled out in this plan?  How do the objectives of Healthy People 2020 impact practicing physical therapists now and in the coming years?  These questions and more are the topic of this year’s annual Scully Scholar Lecture, presented by Paul Rockar, at the October Southwest District meeting of the PPTA.


This insightful commentary presented by the CEO of Centers for Rehabilitation Services takes place Tuesday Oct. 13, 2015 at 7pm in the University Club, Ballroom B, 123 University Place, Pittsburgh, PA 15213.  Come hear about the impacts of Healthy People 2020 and what is yet to come.



-Michael Turnwald


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