Governance

The Academy of Pelvic Health Physical Therapy (APTA Pelvic Health) is a professional membership association driven by its mission and measures its success in fulfilling its mission-related goals of its strategic plan developed by the elected board members. Governance provides the vision and direction to ensure that an organization is on the right path. The responsibility for governing an association rests with a volunteer board of directors, operating according to the association’s bylaws and working in collaboration with the association’s Executive Director to set the strategic direction, allocate necessary resources and make key decisions that association staff then implement to meet member needs and execute the strategic plan. Volunteer leadership is distributed among committees, task forces and other groups, making volunteer management an important operational function that supports different pillars of the strategic plan. 

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Policies & Procedures

The Academy of Pelvic Health Physical Therapy (“APTA Pelvic Health” or “APHPT”) bylaws, positions, standards, guidelines, policies, and procedures are adopted and amended by the Board of Directors using parliamentary procedure. The Academy Board, committees and staff are involved in the development and revision of policies and procedures. As the Academy continues to grow and expand, we will be regularly updating this content to reflect the latest changes.

The Academy is in the process of updating all of its policies, procedures and committee charters. New documentation will become available throughout 2020-2021 below. In the meantime, you may use the 2014 Policies & Procedures Manual.

Bylaws
General
Ethics Policies
Communications Policies
Committee Charters
Bylaws

Bylaws
June 29, 2018

APHPT Bylaws provide comprehensive guidelines in which the association operates. Topic areas included: organization purpose, objectives, component membership, regional and interest groups, meetings, board of directors, standing committees and committee appointments, delegate to the House of Delegates, Nominations and Elections, Finance, Dissolution, Parliamentary Authority, Amendments, association as higher authority, Executive Director, indemnification and liability.

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Proposed 2021 Bylaws Amendments

General

Policy on Policies
Last updated 06-14-2021

The purpose of this policy is to ensure that the APHPT has ready access to well-developed and understandable policies that support the business of the APHPT.

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Ethics Policies

Conflict of Interest
Last updated 06-14-2021

To protect the interests of the APHPT when entering into arrangements, transactions, and/or non-contractual/contractual agreements when these agreements may benefit the private interest of individuals included in the scope of this document. This policy is intended to supplement but not replace any relevant state or federal conflict of interest (COI) laws applicable to nonprofit organizations.

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Code of Conduct
Last updated 06-14-2021

The purpose of this Policy is to define and establish principles for professional behavior that govern all Academy of Pelvic Health Physical Therapy (“APHPT”) activities, and members, exhibitors, sponsors, contractors, volunteers and non-members participating in APHPT sponsored activities. The APHPT aims to foster and support a safe and professional environment to learn, conduct research, and communicate clinical and scientific knowledge with integrity, respect, fairness, trustworthiness and transparency. The professional environment includes interactions within the society, the scientific community and with members of the public. Breaching the guidelines set out in the Policy may have consequences, which may include, but is not limited to reporting the violation and sanctions, as outlined in the Standard Operating Procedures to report Violations of the Code of Conduct.

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Code of Conduct Violations
Last updated 06-14-2021

The purpose of this APHPT standard operating procedure document is to outline the operating procedures to  report violations of the APHPT Code of Conduct.

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Communications Policies

Communication Policy Definitions
Last updated 06-14-2021

To describe best practices for volunteers that will guide and protect the interest of the body of the APHPT, including both elected and appointed when interacting with members and non-members through electronic communications.

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Social Media Policy
Last updated 06-14-2021

APHPT understands the value of social media and how it may impact its roles and responsibilities. Establishing guidelines and boundaries for social media use, including setting professional standards and best practices for volunteers and leaders, is of great importance in upholding the mission and vision of the organization. Thus, the  APHPT recognizes the importance of establishing such guidelines in how its members should engage with social media.

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Media Relations Policy
Last updated 06-14-2021

Volunteers understand the value of media relations and how it may impact its roles and responsibilities within the APHPT. Establishing guidelines and boundaries for media relations, including setting professional standards and best practices for volunteers and leaders, is of great importance in upholding the mission and vision of the organization. Thus, volunteers recognize the importance of establishing such guidelines in how its members should engage in regard to media relations

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Committee Charters

Governance Committee
February 24, 2020

The Governance Committee assists the Board by keeping the Board informed of current best governance practices and trends in corporate governance; advising the Board on the skills and experience that should be required of potential board members; developing and recommending to the Board a set of Governance Guidelines; developing standards by which the Board can annually review its own performance; and undertaking such duties as may be delegated to it by the Board from time to time.

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