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2021 GHSIG Nominating Committee Candidates
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Global Health SIG Elections

GHSIG Nominating Committee Candidates 

hover textLorna Hayward, PT, EdD
Wellesley, MA

Biographical Statement
Dr. Hayward, is a tenured, associate professor of physical therapy at Northeastern University in Boston, MA. She is committed to incorporating service-learning, both domestic and international, into her course work. For the past 14 years, Dr. Hayward has lead and taken over 223 doctor of physical therapy students on international service trips to Ecuador, China and Mexico. The purpose of these trips were to provide physical therapy to children and adults with disabilities. In addition, she started and has run for the past 7 years both TOPsoccer and basketball programs in her home town. These programs service over 144 children with disabilities each year and involve over 100 high school student volunteers in Wellesley, MA. Also, both of the classes she teaches at Northeastern contain a domestic service learning component.
Dr. Hayward has received several international and local service awards for her work within the local and global communities. She has won multiple grants and written close to 50 articles on her work. Her current research projects involve examining the use of innovative student assessment strategies, such as student pedagogical teams, and community based participatory research to understand the impact of international service-learning efforts on the community partner. 

Candidate Statement
Dr. Hayward has been a member of the APTA for 25 years and Global Health special interest group (GHSIG) for 10 years. She has served the APTA at all levels including at World, National, local conference and on the Journal of Physical Therapy Education. This collective experiences equips her with knowledge of the section and the membership with respect to nominating candidates for office. Also, due to her service-learning experiences, she has the knowledge needed to select candidates for the awards provided by the SIG. At this point in her career, she is interested in continuing to serve the profession in a different and enhanced capacity which underscores the reason for her willingness to serve on nominating committee of the GHSIG. 

hover textKelsie Miller, PT, DPT
Minneapolis, MN

Biographical Statement
I graduated with my DPT in 2017 from Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences in Rochester, Minnesota and have been working as an outpatient physical therapist at Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute in Golden Valley, Minnesota for the past three years. I treat a diverse patient population with both orthopedic and neurologic conditions, from teenagers to 90+ year olds, and frequently work with non-native English speakers. As a student, I was a three year member of the APTA Student Assembly Global Outreach Project Committee, serving as the committee chair in 2017. Additionally, I was an editor and contributor to the APTA’s International Service Manual For Students, working closely with feedback from GHSIG leadership to create an evidence-based guideline for students considering international service trips. Currently, I serve on the Membership and Nominating Committee for the Mayo Clinic Physical Therapy Alumni Association.

Prior to attending PT school, I was awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to Gorontalo, Indonesia during the 2013-2014 academic year and have remained involved in global health opportunities ever since. I participated in short-term international service learning experiences in Honduras as a 2nd year physical therapy student and as a recent graduate in Nairobi, Kenya. I also attended the World Confederation of Physical Therapy conference in Cape Town, South Africa in 2017 where I had the opportunity to connect with and learn from global leaders in our field. 

Candidate Statement
My first introduction to the HPA section and the GHSIG was through my involvement in the Student Assembly Global Outreach project committee. Having recently returned from a year in Indonesia, I was looking for a way to merge my interest in global health with my future practice as a physical therapist. I was excited to learn the APTA had a special interest group designated to global health related issues encompassing everything from identifying health disparities in minority populations in our backyard, to promoting sustainability and ethics in service projects abroad. I continue to admire the role of the GHSIG and the HPA in initiating thoughtful questions, conversations, and policy changes among the APTA and our profession. The existence of this group was a catalyst to my involvement in the APTA as a student and as a young professional. I would be honored to serve as a nominating committee member to not only collaborate with a group that inspires me, but to create similar opportunities for others with a passion for global health within our profession. 

hover textGinger Oliver, PT
Vernon Center, NY

Biographical Statement
My name is Dr. Ginger Oliver, PT, AIB- VR/CON and I am a Doctor of Physical Therapy with over 25 years of experience in a variety of settings including acute care, acute and subacute rehabilitation, outpatient rehabilitation, home care and wellness. I hold a specialty certification in Vestibular Rehabilitation and Concussion Management. I have held leadership roles at Faxton-St. Luke’s Healthcare and Rome Memorial Hospital in Central New York for over 15 years. I have been a member of the American Physical Therapy Association since 1992 and a member of the Health Policy and Administration section and Global Health Special Interest Group. I have taught continuing education courses in falls, balance, dementia, functional mobility, compliance and quality measures both nationally and internationally.

Global Health has been a significant part of my life for the past 10 years. After my first mission trip to Haiti, my life’s purpose was realized and I founded the nonprofit organization, Haiti Rehab Project, Inc. Since then, our mission expanded to become the Community Rehab Project, Inc, whose mission is to positively impact the lives of people with disability locally, nationally and globally. I participated in the development and implementation of a rehabilitation clinic in Gonaives, Haiti serving children and adults in this community of 300,000 people who previously had no access to rehabilitation services. I also work with an amputee soccer team and wheelchair basketball team in Port-au-Prince, Haiti who advocate for others with disability throughout Haiti. I have written and secured multiple grants to support our work from the Christopher Reeve Foundation, Disability Rights Fund and Wounded Warriors Service Dog Program. I have experience in mission trip logistics, website design, grant writing, social media marketing, event and fundraising planning. I am truly passionate about global health, health promotion and serving those with disability locally, nationally and globally.

I live in Central New York with my husband, Gary and have three children, Ryan, Kirsten and Alex, who all share my love for Haiti and have joined me on many mission trips over the years.  

Candidate Statement
As I move into the next phase of my career, I would love the opportunity to give back to the profession of physical therapy and specifically the American Physical Therapy Association, which has provided guidance throughout my career. It would be an honor to serve on the Nominating Committee of the Global Health Special Interest Group. With my management experience and passion to impact global health and rehabilitation, I feel I would be a good candidate for this position. I look forward to serving with others who share my interest in Global Health and see how, together, we can continue to advance the impact of physical therapy and rehabilitation for those in need throughout the world. 



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