This Webinar was recorded on November 6, 2017. The direct links to the recordings are in the Resources area along with the chat transcript.
NOTE: This is a free course and NO CEUs are awarded.
This session will start the learner through the paradigm shift that begins to occur in critical
thinking when rehabilitation for individuals is replaced with thinking about the health of their
communities and populations. The course will provide an overview of population health
frameworks and their applications in the profession of physical therapy using an interconnected
ecological model to demonstrate a more global view of health determinants and how physical
therapists might influence them. The focus of this initial webinar will be on actions physical
therapists can take at the individual level, preparing the professional’s thinking to ultimately
focus on actions taken at the family, community and societal levels to be covered in future
Meet our Presenters
Dawn Magnusson, PT, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the Physical Therapy Program at the
University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. She received a PhD in Population Health
Sciences (with a minor in Anthropology), a certificate in Global Health, and an MS in Physical
Therapy from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship
in General Academic Pediatrics (with a focus on health disparities research) through the
Department of Pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Her research broadly
explores the mechanisms underlying health disparities in vulnerable populations, and seeks to
inform the development of innovative, community-based models of care that advance health
equity for traditionally underserved populations of children with developmental delay or
disability. In recognition of her research and dedication in the area of health equity, Dr.
Magnusson received a 2013 Wisconsin without Borders Award from the University of Wisconsin
– Madison, the 2015 Dissertation Award from the Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy, and
the 2016 Social Responsibility Research Award from the HPA-The Catalyst Section of the
APTA. She was also named a 2016 semi-finalist for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s
Culture of Health Leaders Program. Dr. Magnusson serves at the strategic level of the APHPT
with particular emphasis on model design and integration of population health principles.
Catherine (Katie ) Siengsukon, PT, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of
Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science and is the Director of the Brain Behavior
Laboratory at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Dr. Siengsukon’s clinical and research
interests are aimed at understanding how sleep impacts physical and cognitive function, learning,
and health in adults with and without neurologic injury or disease. Catherine has presented her
research and education sessions on sleep-related topics at national conferences, including CSM,
International Stroke Conference, and the Consortium of MS Centers Annual Meeting. Dr.
Siengsukon serves the APHPT in the role of content expert in the area of healthy recovery
Patrick Berner, PT, DPT is a physical therapist currently practicing in the state of South
Carolina while completing clinical work on his way to also becoming a Registered Dietitian
Nutritionist. This blend of content knowledge has quickly positioned Dr. Berner as a sought after
voice in conversations related to health promotion and wellness practice where he has been an
invited presenter at the state and national level, urging the integration of nutrition and movement
for enhanced outcomes and risk reduction of chronic disease. Patrick is involved as both a
content expert and a member of the early work-life team within the APHPT.
Jeremy Fletcher, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical
Therapy at the University of South Alabama. Dr. Fletcher's clinical and research interest include
health promotion, behavior change and chronic pain. Dr. Fletcher holds a Graduate Certificate
degree in PT/OT Health Focused Care from the University of Alabama-Birmingham. He has
participated in population health and community health promotion programs while serving in the
US Army. Dr. Fletcher’s role within the Academy includes development of tools and curricula
for Physical Therapists in health-facing practice.