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APTA National - APTA Awards Committee - Subcommittee on Practice and Service 2023

Signup Deadline: 08-15-2022
Starts: 01-01-2023
Ends: 12-31-2024
Location: Online Opportunity


APTA is seeking two members to serve a two-year term on the Practice and Service Awards Subcommittee. 

The Awards Committee subcommittees will apply the criteria established by the Board of Directors (Board) for each association honor and award to each nomination received for each award under its purview and make recommendations regarding award recipients to the Board. 

The Board of Directors’ determined charge for each Awards Committee subcommittee is to:

  • review award nominations* received for each award that falls under the subcommittee’s purview against the applicable criteria established by the Board of Directors.
  • recommend potential recipients to the Board of Directors for final approval.**
  • when requested by the Board of Directors, review and make recommendations on proposals for new awards applicable to the subcommittee’s award category and provide feedback on the utility of the criteria and measurement tools for existing awards within the subcommittee’s purview.
  • submit a report to the Board of Directors on an annual basis


This subcommittee will review nominations received for the following awards:

 Henry O. and Florence P. Kendall Practice Award

The Henry O. and Florence P. Kendall Practice Award recognizes a physical therapy professional who has engaged in extensive clinical practice for a minimum of 15 years. Recipients of this award embody and demonstrate a commitment to developing physical therapy as a caring profession.

Lucy Blair Service Award

The Lucy Blair Service Award honors physical therapist members or physical therapist life members whose contributions to APTA are of exceptional quality. Qualifying contributions can pertain to association components, through work on appointed or elected positions and/or in other capacities at the association and component levels.

Marilyn Moffat Leadership Award

The Marilyn Moffat Leadership Award honors an individual held in high regard by his or her peers for distinguished leadership and significant contributions to the physical therapy profession and the association.

Outstanding Physical Therapist Assistant Award

The Outstanding Physical Therapist Assistant Award recognizes a physical therapist assistant who has provided clinical services for a minimum of 5 years. This award honors individual achievements in the areas of patient care, community service, and commitment toward the profession and association.

Outstanding Physical Therapist/Physical Therapist Assistant Team Award

The Outstanding Physical Therapist/Physical Therapist Assistant Team Award honors professionals who have individually provided clinical service for a minimum of five years, and have positively affected the quality of physical therapy through their combined teamwork during a period of at least three years.  This award recognizes a PT/PTA team whose positive work has contributed to the delivery of high-quality physical therapist services.

Humanitarian Award

Established in 2017, the APTA Humanitarian Award contributes to the association’s mission of advancing physical therapy by recognizing member efforts that focus on achieving a broad global impact upon humanity. This award will honor individuals who exemplify the compassionate nature of the physical therapy profession by actively expressing a commitment to humanity and exhibiting admirable degrees of selflessness in addressing key health concerns.

Societal Impact Award

Established in 2017, the APTA Societal Impact Award fosters the association’s outward-facing vision and highlights the impact of physical therapy in improving quality of life. This award specifically recognizes individuals who exemplify the compassionate nature of the physical therapy profession by exhibiting a distinguished commitment toward philanthropic initiatives, raising public awareness on key societal issues, and demonstrating how physical therapy can be applied to address these issues.



  • Must have expertise in clinical practice
  • Must include one physical therapist assistant member



This subcommittee meets approximately two times per year virtually. 

More information on this committee may be found on the APTA website

All APTA appointed groups will conduct their work with APTA's Commitment to Increasing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in mind and in the context of (1) APTA's Mission, Vision, Strategic Plan and House of Delegates and Board of Directors adopted positions and policies; and (2) the potential for their work to have implications related to physical therapist assistants, women, diversity, and risk management.



Volunteers Needed:

2 (2 open slots)

Experience Required:

2 to 3 years volunteer experience


Dena Kilgore