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HPA Catalyst Groups

Catalyst Groups serve as collection points for smaller groups of members who have an interest in an idea or initiative not represented adequately in other segments of APTA or HPA. These groups are informal networks of individual members with a shared interest in exploring a topic or interest area relevant to the profession of physical therapy.

HPA supports Catalyst Groups by providing a group discussion forum and a group contact. Please contact the group leader for additional information about the group.

Catalyst Group Information and Application Process

Pro Bono Catalyst Group • Group Forum

For individuals interested or involved in the development and maintenance of pro bono clinics and share information and resources in this area. 

Mission Statement

Connecting a network of community pro bono physical therapy practitioners who provide a safety net for population health and wellness.
Vision Statement

 Improving national health and wellness through pro bono services for those in need.

Pro bono PTs participating in population health and wellness.

Important links: 

    Group Leaders: Dr. Kate Crandell, PT | Beverly Newman, PT, PhD | Dr. Sue Paparella-Pitzel | Dr. Mary Sinnott 

    PT Proud Catalyst Group Group Forum

    Mission Statement

    The mission of the LGBT+ Catalyst group is to unite PTs, PTAs, and students towards a common goal of affecting change in the profession of physical therapy through advocacy, policy, and promotion of competency education. We aim to address health disparities and positively affect the health care experience of LGBT+ patients, students, and clinicians.


    The LGBT+ Catalyst group will transform the practice of physical therapy to best serve all patients, regardless of their gender and sexual identity.

    For more information - visit the PT Proud website

    Connect with PT Proud on Facebook.

    Beyond Clinical Practice Catalyst Group • Group Forum

    Mission Statement

    To provide education, resources, networking, support, mentorship, and guidance to PTs and PTAs building non-clinical careers.


    Every PT and PTA has marketable skills that can be transferred to non-clinical roles – we envision a world where hospital systems, corporations, and tech leaders employ physical therapy professionals to solve healthcare’s biggest problems.

    Connect with the Beyond Clinical Practice Catalyst Group on Facebook.

    Social Justice in Health: DEI Catalyst Group • Group Forum

    The Social Justice in Health Catalyst Group will be an extension of the institutional efforts spearheaded by student and professional leaders across the country. Our efforts will focus on the identification, development, and implementation of strategies to dismantle oppressive structures that foster health and healthcare inequities in our society. Through catalyst discussions and actions, we will provide a spark to ignite changes in the physical therapy profession and empower people to transform their communities.

    Key Contact: Rupal Patel, PT, PhD




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