This course will build on Parts 1 & 2 of “Applying a Population Health Framework in Physical
Therapist Practice” by moving the discussion from strategies to policy. The course will provide
an overview of population health and differentiating it from individual based clinical practice.
How health policy affects individual health will be discussed and how it can affect physical
therapist practice. There will be a focus in this part to discuss professional activities a physical
therapist can be involved in at the policy level that can help improve the health at the
community, neighborhood and even county or state level.
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.
Ira Gorman PT, PhD, is currently the assistant dean and associate professor in the
School of Physical Therapy at Regis University. He has been a member of the faculty since
1996. Prior to coming to Regis, Dr. Gorman was coordinator for clinical education at Spalding
Rehabilitation Hospital and was one of the first APTA-credentialed clinical instructors in
Colorado. Following practice at Spalding he owned and practiced in an outpatient private
physical therapist practice and then managed a corporate owned PT practice.
He received his PT degree from SUNY Stony Brook and later his Ph.D. in Health and Behavioral
Sciences from the University of Colorado-Denver with a research interest in the effect of the
built environment on childhood physical activity and obesity. He also holds a Master of Science
in Public Health from the School of Medicine at the University of Colorado Health Science
Center, Department of Preventive Medicine. In addition, Dr. Gorman is the clinical director of
RegisCares, the school of physical therapy on campus faculty practice.
Dr. Gorman’s research interests are in two different areas: the effect of environmental and
policy changes on physical activity in children and adults, and the application of diagnostic
imaging to physical therapy. He has published his work related to these two topics in Journal
of Orthopedics and Sports Physical Therapy and in Physical Therapy.
Dr. Gorman is presently the President of HPA The Catalyst, the Section on Health Policy and
Administration of the APTA and previously served on the Payment, Policy and Advocacy
Committee for APTA. He serves on the APTA/Colorado Chapter Government Affairs
Committee and was the state’s Federal Affairs Liaison to APTA. He was previously the
Colorado Chief Delegate to the American Physical Therapy Association’s (APTA) House of
Delegates. He was the chair of the Colorado Referral for Profit task force. He has served on
the APTA PT-PAC board of trustees. He also serves as the physical therapy representative to
the Trailblazer Health Enterprises, Medicare Intermediary Advisory Committee for the
Colorado region. He has been on the board of directors of various physical therapy network
provider organizations, served on the Colorado Division of Labor, Dept. of Worker’s
Compensation medical treatment guidelines task force, and is a physical therapy consultant to
the advisory committee member of the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies, Physical
Dr. Gorman has been recognized by the Colorado chapter of the APTA as an Outstanding
Physical Therapist in 2005 and by the national APTA with the Lucy Blair Service Award in
2012. He has been involved in health care reform issues and injury prevention for over 30
years with his present research interest in child physical activity and obesity.
Dr. Gorman served as a member of the Colorado Commission for Affordable Health Care, a
three year Governor’s appointed legislative mandated commission charged to study the cost
drivers of healthcare in Colorado and make recommendations to the Governor and legislature
Chris Hinze, PT, DPT is a community health advocate and Physiotherapist practicing in
beautiful Traverse City, Michigan. When not helping his older adult clients in the clinic, Dr. Hinze
is advocating for a community that encourages safe and equitable physical activity through his
work as vice president of Norte, Traverse City's bike-centric advocacy group. Dr. Hinze also
serves the Michigan Chapter of the APTA as Chair of the MPTA's Northern District and also as
Michigan's Chief Delegate.
Zachary Rethorn PT, DPT is a board-certified orthopedic physical therapist and certified health
coach with expertise in health behavior change. He earned his DPT degree from the University
of Tennessee at Chattanooga and his Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science from Belmont
University. Dr. Rethorn has completed a residency in orthopedic physical therapy through
Benchmark Rehab Institute and is currently pursuing a DSc in health promotion and wellness.
He currently serves the Tennessee Physical Therapy Association as a member of the board of
directors and chair of the Chattanooga district. He has presented at state and national
conferences on topics related to orthopedic physical therapy and health promotion.