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WEBINAR Beyond Our Borders: Building Physical Therapy Capacity
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WEBINAR Beyond Our Borders: Building Physical Therapy Capacity

When: Thursday, December 6, 2018
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm (Eastern)
Where: GoToWebinar
United States
Contact: Marcus Dean
412-243-5181 x102

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Capacity building is a commonly used phrase within the global health arena but what does it mean for physical therapists who design, develop and deliver programs beyond the borders of the United States?  What are important components of capacity building and how are they applied?  Are there opportunities for PT students from US university programs and PTs wanting short term experiences for building capacity? Where does the funding come from for these opportunities?  The Global Health Special Interest Group (GHSIG) is offering a webinar to discuss these very questions. Two speakers with a broad range of capacity building experience will utilize their expertise, the evidence, and case study examples to expand your understanding of capacity building.


After participation in the webinar, participants will be able to:


1.   Define capacity building as it relates to the training of physical therapists and program development beyond the borders of the United States

2.   Describe principles of capacity building relating to program administration, clinical application, and volunteerism

3.   Discuss strategies for developing and implementing sustainable capacity building programs for PT programs at US universities

4.   Discuss opportunities and the role of short-term volunteers in capacity building initiatives

5.   Describe the role of monitoring and evaluation of capacity building programs from administration and clinical perspectives

6.   Discuss funding opportunities for developing capacity building programs and volunteers.



April Pinner, MSPH, RD

April Pinner, MSPH, RD has worked in international development and health for over twelve years. She has been employed at Health Volunteers Overseas (HVO) since 2009 and currently serves as Director of Program Design and Evaluation. At HVO, a nonprofit organization committed to training health care providers in resource-scarce countries, Ms Pinner is the lead member of the Program Team. Her responsibilities include: providing input, guidance, and support to program department staff; assisting with conceptualization and development of new initiatives that support the strategic direction of the organization; designing projects and organizational processes related to identification and implementation of projects; implementing a comprehensive organizational monitoring and evaluation system to enhance project monitoring, quality control and evaluation of projects; and evaluating overall organizational impact. In 2015, Ms Pinner became credentialed as a Registered Dietitian and received her Master’s of Science in Public Health from Johns Hopkins University. Prior to working at HVO, Ms Pinner served for two years as a US Peace Corps Volunteer in Namibia. 

Kathy Clark, PT, MS, DPT

Kathy began her PT career over 30 years ago and has worked in many different settings in the US including the US Indian Health Service, school based therapy, early intervention and private hospitals and clinics. For the past 10 years, she has worked exclusively overseas on different physical therapy capacity building projects. She has volunteered 5 times with HVO, serving in Bhutan, Rwanda, and Nicaragua, and has also worked with different organizations on capacity building projects in Laos and Kurdistan. She spends several months every year in Cambodia, helping to build physical therapy capacity for a small NGO that provides home based, multi-disciplinary services for children with disabilities and support for their families.


Moderator: April Gamble PT, DPT 


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