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WEBINAR: Overview of Prone Positioning: Why it Works and Lessons Learned

When: Saturday, May 9th, 2020
:00 p.m. ET | 2:00 p.m. CT | 1:00 p.m. MT | 12:00 p.m. PT (2 Hour Duration)

About the Webinar:
COVID-19 presents through fever, dyspnea, and acute respiratory symptoms. In some patients, COVID-19 causes pulmonary edema, sepsis, multi-organ failure, and acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). Due to the ARDS clinical presentation, prone positioning may be used for improving ventilation and survivorship. Prone positioning requires a team approach. Physical therapists play an integral role from positioning to minimizing pressure injuries and neuromusculoskeletal impairments, educating the team regarding body mechanics with transfers and educating patients/family members regarding the pathophysiology. This webinar provides an overview of the evidence and why prone positioning is effective; successful implementation of proning protocols for patients intubated or awake; and lessons learned.

For more information and to register, CLICK HERE!


HPA The Catalyst brings you:

Topics, Discussions, and Resources for Beyond COVID-19 – Part 2: How COVID-19 Has Exposed Our Nation

This Town Hall will:

• Describe COVID-19 related health disparities. 
• Consider the mechanisms by which underlying structural inequalities contribute to health-related disparities.
• Share ideas and resources to help understand and address disparities.
• Identify strategies to implement in YOUR community to mitigate health-related disparities (e.g., community outreach and advocacy; interprofessionalism).

For more information and to register, CLICK HERE!


President’s Message

Posted: 4.23.20

Many members and non-members alike evaluate the benefits of APTA, and Section/Academy membership, on an annual basis as dues come around for renewal.  The Home Health Section, paralleling APTA at large, monitors this, and frequently provides the opportunity for feedback through a survey mechanism – we all want to provide the degree of ROI (“return on investment”) that makes you, our professional colleague never question, or doubt, the value of membership. 

As we enter into the 3rd month of COVID-19 pandemic status in our country, you should be aware of all your professional association is doing to provide you – both members and non-members/non-therapists, with tools, resources and accurate information to successfully manage the issues this situation presents us, our families, communities and patients.

This edition of e-Housecalls, put out on a bi-monthly basis by the Home Health Section of the APTA, provides links to not only our ( ) and APTA resources  (COVID-19 resources are predominantly free!), but also Section/Academy collaborative efforts with AGPT ( , Academy of Acute Care Physical Therapy ( , Academy of Cardiovascular & Pulmonary Physical Therapy (, and Health Policy & Administration Section ( .  Please take the time to check out the excellent materials included on these sites related to COVID-19, as well as the APTA Learning Center ( where information on clinical care for recovering COVID-19 patients telehealth, and other Section/Academy resources can be found free of charge!

I, personally, would like to thank my Section/Academy and APTA colleagues for coming together to volunteer their time expertise, and energy for the benefit of the entire physical therapy profession.  We must remember that we ARE what makes our association great, and these efforts are a testament to our spirit of coming together to serve a common purpose.  As we prepare for a virtual House of Delegates in early June 2020, please remember to reach out to your state chapter delegates to lend support for the Sections/Academies to  earn the privilege of voting membership in our association – one in which we all have a part to play!

As always, be vigilant.  Be prepared.  Stay informed.


Dee Kornetti
APTA Home Health Section


Emerging Leader Award Nominations Due May 12th

Please don’t miss your opportunity to recognize an emerging leader in the Home Health Section! Submit your designee for consideration of the 2020 APTA Emerging Leader Award to the Home Health Section by Tuesday, May 12th, 2020The purpose of the APTA Emerging Leader Award is to identify and honor ONE physical therapist or physical therapist assistant "emerging leader" from each APTA component, a person who has demonstrated extraordinary service early in his or her physical therapy career. The individual should have made exceptional overall accomplishments and contributions to APTA, the component, and the physical therapy profession to advance APTA's vision. The Component Services Department will notify emerging leaders of the recognition in July of each year. Recognized individuals will receive a congratulatory letter and certificate.

For more information and to submit a nomination, CLICK HERE


Free Recorded Webinar Now Available

The webinar recorded on April 18th, Physical Therapy Considerations of COVID-19 in the Post-Acute Settingis now available for free. During this webinar, presenters discuss considerations of COVID-19 for the PT/PTA in the post-acute setting, whether patient referral is following hospitalization or through the community. While best practice is yet to be determined with this patient population, the focus of the webinar is on application of the most recent World Health Organization (WHO), Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) guidelines for therapists working in skilled nursing and home health.

For more information and to view the webinar, CLICK HERE

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