2020 Elections Candidate
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Heather Jeffcoat, PT, DPT
Los Angeles, CA
“In the course of over eighteen years in pelvic health clinical practice, my service to the Academy and profession has raised my own awareness of the crucial need for our collaboration with physicians, psychotherapists, NPs, and PAs to provide multidisciplinary care for our patients, coupled with the direct public education that empowers those patients to communicate with their providers. As a private practice owner, practicing clinician, and educator to professionals and the greater community, I intimately understand our role and responsibility to advocate for our patients. This advocacy should begin before they reach our doors. I envision a world in which patients no longer have to say on a first visit, “Why didn’t my doctor tell me to see a PT after I had a baby?”, “How can a PT help with urinary urgency?”, or “This pain really is in my pelvis, not my head?”.
I believe educating the public, not directly marketing to physicians, should be our first line effort. I have seen the dramatic difference it makes in my own practice and in the connections I’ve made with other practitioners and societies. I am prepared (and already well positioned) to utilize traditional and social media to advance the message to patients about our role in their health. This presidency would provide me with a strategic platform to promote the APTA Academy of Pelvic Health Physical Therapy in that arena as well.
In the continuing effort to elevate our profession as a whole, the Academy needs to push toward more direct public education and outreach, positioning every member as a voice to and for patients. I hope to serve as a driving force in that effort, giving the public the language they need to speak to providers committed to working with them to create the change they deserve in their lives.”
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