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The following are general descriptions of HPA Committees. Some Committees have their own webpages, which are indicated with a link for "More Information".

Contacts - If you have questions about an individual committee's activities, projects or programs, contact the Committee Chair. You'll find contact information for each Committee on the Leadership page under the About Us menu.


The Bylaws Committee reviews and updates the Section bylaws as necessary to keep them current with the APTA requirements and to meet the objectives of the Section. The Committee presents proposed amendments to the membership and updates the Policy and Procedure Manual to maintain consistency with Section and Association policies and actions.

Primary programs/projects: Bylaw development and revision; organization policy development

The primary responsibility of the Government Affairs and Practice Committee is to increase Section and association members' awareness of, and involvement in, issues related to legislative and health policy issues, including actions by the APTA. This Committee often initiates grassroots legislative activities, represents the Section at legislative/political events, and distributes legislative, policy, and reimbursement information to members through the newsletter, listserv, and website.

Primary programs/projects: Represent HPA at APTA-sponsored federal and state government affairs forums annually
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Member Services

Member Services develops the Section marketing, membership recruitment and retention plans. This Committee, often in collaboration with the Research Committee, occasionally conducts member surveys to determine members' needs and expectations of the Section, as well as practice/policy trends among members.

Primary programs/projects: Market benefits of HPA membership; coordinate and staff HPA booth at national meetings; coordinate annual Networking Breakfast at CSM

Program Committee

This busy committee coordinates scheduling and content for the Section's many educational sessions at APTA's Combined Sections Meeting and audio conferences for the Section. This committee is unique in that it offers a six year term where all other committees are three year appointments.

Primary programs/projects: Develop and coordinate continuing education content for CSM and audio conferences


Publications committee members assist the Editor (committee chair) in soliciting and editing content for the HPA Journal, the Section's peer-reviewed journal.  Committee members serve as mentors to new authors and set policy for the Section's publications. The Publications Committee offers editorial expertise on many of the documents developed by the Section.

Primary programs/projects: Solicit and edit content for HPA Resource / PTJ-PAL; manage peer-review process for PTJ-PAL


The Finance Committee is responsible for overseeing the financial affairs of the Section.  The Treasurer is the Chair of the Committee.  The Committee prepares the annual budget and reviews and prepares amendments to policies and procedures associated with the Section's finances.

Primary programs/projects: Develop and review budget and financial reports; coordinate annual internal audit

The Research Committee works to stimulate professional research in the areas of physical therapy management, administration, health services and policy. This Committee solicits and reviews abstracts for poster and platform presentations on behalf of the Section for the APTA's Combined Sections Meeting (CSM). The Research Committee selects winners annually for the Section's Best Poster and Best Platform presentations at CSM. The Committee also solicits and reviews research grant proposals for potential funding through the Section's Grant Program, then makes recommendations to the HPA Board regarding proposal funding awards.

Primary programs/projects: Solicit and review CSM poster and platform abstracts; review and recommend HPA grant proposals


Interested in volunteering to assist an HPA committee? See details on the Volunteer page.


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