2020 Elections Candidate

EPSIG Director (2021-2022)
Positions Available: 2

Sarah Deacon, PT, DPT

Tolland, CT

Personal Statement

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.”

Education

  • Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT), University of Connecticut, May 2019.
  • Bachelor of Arts in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, University of Colorado at Boulder, December, 2011.

 

Current Practice

Pelvic Health & Incontinence Training (PHIT) Physical Therapist, Middlesex Health.

  • Full time pelvic health caseload with adults of all genders & gender identities (prior to COVID-19; currently working half time as of June 2020)
  • Trauma informed, transgender informed, kink-aware provider
  • Transgender Committee member
  • LGBTQ+ allies employee resource group steering committee member
  • Treating patients with bowel & bladder dysfunction, pelvic pain, pregnancy & postpartum issues.

Industry Involvement & Accomplishments

  • President-Elect of the APTA Pelvic Health Student Special Interest Group (SSIG), outgoing;
  • Member of the APTA Pelvic Health Academy since 2016.

Physical therapy:

  • “Dentists: Injury prevention & ergonomics” (talk for UCONN dental students 2017)
  • Physical therapy education research: Investigating relationship between pre-admission factors, performance on cumulative examinations, clinical affiliations, and NPTE (unpublished manuscript)
  • Migrant Farm Worker volunteer (2017)

Selected public health publications (prior to PT career):

  • 2015 Medicare Hospital Quality Chartbook
  • Hospital-Wide All-Cause Readmission Measure Version 4.0: 2015 Measure Updates and Specifications
    Report (Qualitynet.org)

Other public health research:
Palliative Care Research Day (2011), University of Colorado School of Medicine. 2 Posters (see below):

  • “Preliminary findings: Investigating Latino Communication Preferences for End-of-Life Care Planning”
    (also presented at 2011 Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in
    Science (SACNAS) National Conference)
  • “Preliminary data analysis: Apoyo con Cariño, A Patient Navigator Intervention to Improve Palliative Care
    for Seriously Ill Older Latinos” (also presented at McNair Research Day 2011, CU Boulder)
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