2020 Elections Candidate
EPSIG Director (2021-2022)
Positions Available: 2
Sarah Deacon, PT, DPT
“Pelvic health physical therapists are uniquely experienced in creating safe space for patients who have suffered trauma to do their healing. Today more than ever our specialty is needed to support basic dignity and function for patients of all ages, ethnicities, religious backgrounds, genders, and sexualities. The conditions we treat can leave patients feeling “trapped” and unable to participate in society or unable to experience loving intimacy due to fear, shame, and pain. These issues are at the basic needs level and must be addressed in order for people to live a life of thriving and joy.
We can meet our patients’ needs head on, and maintain a safe treatment space by taking action at multiple levels; for example:
1) SELF: preparing ourselves via training on trauma, anti discrimination, and cultural competency,
2) COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP: compiling and providing diverse support resources to our patients (counseling, transportation, victim advocates, community exercise) to care for the whole person;
3) ENVIRONMENT: implementing clinical policies that do not tolerate discrimination of any kind. I envision the EPSIG compiling resources to support early pelvic health PTs in our personal and professional development, so that we can hold this safe space for our patients. In my previous professional life, I examined healthcare quality disparities experienced by minorities in the U.S., and I will leverage my research background to inform my contributions as director in the EPSIG.
Thank you for your time and consideration.”
Pelvic Health & Incontinence Training (PHIT) Physical Therapist, Middlesex Health.
Industry Involvement & Accomplishments
Selected public health publications (prior to PT career):
Other public health research:
Palliative Care Research Day (2011), University of Colorado School of Medicine. 2 Posters (see below):