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PTMLA Mission: To create an environment of self-growth in regards to cultural competence amongst our students and promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in the physical therapy profession.
Prior events have included: Inclusive Language in Healthcare, and LGBTQIA+ Community and related health disparities.
Recognizing our communities have difficulty with services for a variety of reasons, doctoral physical therapy students created an environment where a patient's medical needs and social needs can be supported. Supervised by faculty, DPT students work with individuals that have musculoskeletal and neurological diagnoses that may experience barriers to accessing services due to various social needs—for example, a patient who cannot access services due to lack of insurance coverage appropriate and/or affordable for their diagnosis.
Arcadia's annual celebration of National Public Health Week focuses on various topics, like 2021's events on addiction, climate change, resilience, and careers. The topics reflect the daily themes of rebuilding, galvanizing climate change, and building COVID-19 resilience set by the American Public Health Association (APHA).
PA Class of 2021 and 2022's committees discuss health disparity issues – Autism, Indigenous access to healthcare, and a hosted panel discussion on diversity and inclusion in medicine.
Alex Cristofori ’21M, MPH shared how his work as a peer mentor in recognizing that students felt that discussions of race, inequality, and diversity in medicine were missing from their education in health care.
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As the University continues addressing health inequities across its communities, the College seeks five-year goals to grow historically marginalized populations of students, staff and faculty based on its current members and recognizing room for inclusion.