The Foundation for Physical Therapy, Alexandria, Va, has received a gift of $100,000 from the American Physical Therapy Association’s (APTA) Section on Women’s Health to establish an endowment fund for research in women’s health physical therapy.

“We appreciate their support and look forward to working with the section to fund research that will vastly improve women’s health through physical therapy interventions,” said Foundation Board of Trustees Chair William G. Boissonnault, PT, DPT, DHSc, FAAOMPT.

The Section on Women’s Health was formed in 1977 with the purpose of promoting and expanding physical therapy’s role in women’s health and wellness. Encompassing more than 2,500 physical therapists who treat patients of all ages, the section provides a number of resources to its members, including continuing education training, publications, mentoring, networking, regional, and national meetings.

"This partnership represents our maturing profession and will fill a large gap in research on physical therapy interventions to improve patient-reported outcomes and other measures for our patient populations,” said Ann Marie Flores, PT, PhD, CLT, director of research, Section on Women’s Health.

Donations are being accepted to the Section on Women’s Health endowment fund and may be sent to the Foundation for Physical Therapy.

The Foundation for Physical Therapy was established in 1979 as a national, independent nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality and delivery of physical therapy care by providing support for scientifically-based and clinically-relevant physical therapy research and doctoral scholarships and fellowships.

[Source: Foundation for Physical Therapy]