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Global Health Special Interest Group
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To provide resources, information, and support to SIG, Section, and APTA members regarding global health, health disparities, cultural competency, disability, and service-learning in resource-limited settings.


Ronnie Leavitt and Karin Schumacher co-founded the Cross-cultural and International Physical Therapy Interest Group in 1986. The group was officially recognized as a special interest group within the Health Policy and Administration Section in 1996. To reflect member interests in health equity, cultural determinants of health, and service-learning both in the United States and abroad, the group changed its name to the Global Health SIG.

How to Join the Global Health (GH) SIG

There is no additional charge associated with becoming a member of the GH SIG, however, you must be a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and HPA The Catalyst (Section on Health Policy & Administration).

To join the GHSIG:

  • Log into the HPA website
  • Click Manage Profile
  • Click Edit Bio
  • Scroll down to the Additional Information section
  • Click the dropdown for "yes" beside the SIG name
  • Save Changes


View the listing of the GHSIG Leadership.


View the GHSIG's Networking Opportunities.  


View the GHSIG's Educational Offerings.


View the GHSIG's Resources.

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