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ISSUE NO. 17   |   FEB 6, 2018


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We enourage you this year to take advantage of volunteer opportunities.  Some opportunities for you to consider include: 

  • CAPP OB Case Reviewer
  • CAPP-Pelvic Committee
  • CPG Committee
  • Emerging Educational Leader
  • State Representative: Delaware
  • State Representative: South Dakota
  • State Representative: California (North)
  • Regional Representative: Midwest

Learn more about these volunteer opporutnities and apply at


PT Locator 2.0 has arrived!
In the last few months of 2017, SoWH has focused on researching ways to improve one of its most used member benefits, the PT Locator! During this time, we have talked to many members and made note on every technical PT Locator issue that was reported to us. We appreciate the feedback you have given us. We have applied your feedback to the latest PT Locator update which now includes a brand new look and an improved experience for members, patients, and physicians who refer patients to you!


In This Update:

  • Brand NEW look! 
  • Optimized to work on mobiles and tablets!
  • New URL (Don't worry! The URL will automatically redirect to if anyone visits the original PT Locator link)
  • Expanded map feature allowing you to search by map or by listing
  • Quicker automated updates (you no longer need to wait for 7+ days for your information to be updated!)
  • You can now add your Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn handles
  • You can now search for business name or practitioner by name
  • You can select more than 1 specialty while searching for a practitioner
  • Added specialty: Transgender Pelvic Health
  • Added feature: Add your business work hours!

Upcoming Events

2018 Regional Course Schedule
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Treating the Female Athlete: A Symposium & Literature Update
SOWH CSM Pre-Conference
New Orleans, LA
Feb 20, 2018
Register Now

Pelvic Floor Treatment of Urinary Incontinence: An Evidence Update
SOWH CSM Pre-Conference
New Orleans, LA
Feb 21, 2018
Register Now

Board in the Bar 
Feb 22, 2018
New Orleans, LA
Live entertainment & libations!
36 spots left!
Register Now!

SoWH Members: FREE
Non-Members: $25

WCS Breakfast
New Orleans, LA
Feb. 23, 2018

17 spots left!
Fee: $25
Register Now!

2018 Research Grant Applications Due
April 1, 2018 | 11:59 PM ET
Apply Now

Meet Jennifer Hungate, PT, DPT, MS, WCS

Jennifer is a board-certified clinical specialist in women's health physical therapy, and has dedicated her career to treating women with complex pelvic and back pain pain, bowel and bladder dysfunction, and everything in between. She is passionate about helping women restore their health, confidence, and vitality through physical therapy.
While working at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, Jennifer developed a special interest in the management of prenatal and postpartum pelvic floor dysfunction and musculoskeletal pain, and worked closely with Northwestern's Integrated Pelvic Health Program. She also taught courses for various organizations and trained Northwestern obstetrics and gynecology residents.

Jennifer served as an item writer for the national board examination on women's health, and currently sits on the board of directors for the APTA's Section on Women's Health in the role of Director of Practice. 


In the late spring of 2017, the SoWH issue a 2017 Name Change Survey.  One section included "alternative name selections".  The following are the most popular alternative name options, according to the survey vote, listed in alphabetical order.  
*NOTE: 65 alternative name selections were posted.*

  • Academy of Pelvic Health
  • Academy of Pelvic Health Physical Therapy
  • Academy of Women's and Men's Pelvic Health Physical Therapy
  • Pelvic Health Physical Therapy 
  • Pelvic Health Section 
  • Section on Pelvic Health

We encourage you to share your questions, feedback and ideas on the SoWH Name Change process through the SoWH Member Care & Share form.


Section Women's Health Booth is #1352
View CSm 2018 Exhibt Hall Floor Plan, we are next to the large APTA booth!

SoWH CSM Booth Volunteer  *NEW* - (8 Spots Left in the SoWH Booth Volunteer schedule) Sign up today! Please note that you must be a registered 2018 CSM attendee to volunteer at the booth. If you haven't registered yet, you can register for CSM at

SoWH Signature Event: Board in the Bar (17 spots left! Almost Sold Out!)
Board in the Bar Admission
*Advanced Registration Required to Attend*
FREE for SoWH Members
$25 for Non-Membersr + Guests

SoWH Signature Event: WCS Breakfast (14 spots left! Almost Sold Out!)
15 spots left!)
$25 /person


  • Effective today, 2nd Year and 3rd Year Physical Therapist Students can take the Advanced Topics of Pregnancy & Postpartum Physical Therapy (OBA) course. Do you know what this means? SoWH just added 4 more SPT course scholarship opportunities! Apply today! Upcoming OBA courses:
    • March 2-4, 2018  |  Portland, OR
    • April 20-22, 2018  |  Longmont, CO
    • August 24-26, 2018  |  Houston, TX
    • October 19-21, 2018 |   Chicago, IL
  • Effective today, all licensed Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants, and 2nd Year/3rd Year Student Physical Therapists can complete the Fundamental Topics of Pregnancy & Postpartum PT (OBF) and Advanced Topics of Pregnancy & Postpartum PT (OBA) courses in ANY order. 
2nd Year Students can now take PH1, PH2, OBF, OBI courses and are eligible for the SPT Discount and can now apply for SPT course scholarships! Complete the form.

Anyone that wants to achieve the umbrella certificate: CAPP-OB (Certificate of Achievement in Pregnancy & Postpartum Physical Therapy) in 2018 must complete BOTH the OBF and OBA courses within the 2018 year. Starting in 2019, all new OBF participants will need to complete OBF, OBA, AND OBI (in any order) to be eligible for the CAPP-OB Certificate of Achievement. The Considerations & Preparation of Intrapartum Support course will become part of the required courses in the CAPP-OB program... Learn more

This week in ByLaws, we continue exploring a deeper rationale for each of our proposed amendments.  This week our focus is on Component Membership.

Board of Directors
  • Area of focus #1: Create two board roles: President-Elect and Past President.  The board size increases to 12.
  • Area of focus #2: President-Elect/President/Past President terms are each 1 year in length. President-Elect automatically succeeds President role.
These amendments increases the opportunity for all eligible SoWH Members to serve in the top volunteer leadership role. These amendments creates more support for Board Strategic Functions including succession planning, membership development/engagement, and leadership development. This change also creates an onboarding and offboarding of the President’s role, maintaining the three year commitment, with a specific strategic goals for each year. These amendments evolve the President leadership role into a more accessible leadership opportunity.

Your resource to all resources on the Bylaws proposal is available here:

The membership vote on these proposed changes is scheduled for Friday, February 23rd at the SoWH Business Meeting during the 2018 APTA CSM conference in New Orleans.
We encourage you to share your questions, feedback and ideas on the Bylaws Proposal through the SoWH Member Care & Share form.


There has been a long-standing call for the development of more culturally-relevant and informed spaces for education, clinical practice, leadership, and research. As leaders in our field and specialty, the Section on Women's Health has created the Minority Health Task Force to identify areas of improvement and development. As an initial step, the Minority Health Task Force is conducting a community assessment to gather information on the current needs, concerns, and resources among the SOWH membership. Please take a few moments to fill out the Minority Health Survey. We look forward to getting your feedback!
Take Survey

The American Physical Therapy Association is writing a Clinical Practice Guideline to help with the care of women with urinary leakage.  We would like your opinion.  All women are welcome to complete the survey.  You do not have to have urinary leakage to do the survey.  The responses will help us to better understand how women think and feel about urinary leakage and the available treatments.   The survey will take about 15-minutes to complete. Thank you.
**Note: This survey is focused on the patient/general public community.**

Take Survey
 OPENINGS    SoWH Governance Committee

 We are seeking NEW members! Application Deadline: February 26,2018

This committee shall assist the Board by: (a) keeping the Board informed of current best governance practices and trends in corporate governance; (b) advising the Board on the skills and experience that should be required of potential board members; (c) developing and recommending to the Board a set of Governance Guidelines; (d) developing standards by which the Board can annually review its own performance; and (e) undertaking such duties as may be delegated to it by the Board from time to time. Check out the Governance Committee charter here. The committee will hold 1-2 meetings and 8-10 conference calls per calendar year. 

We are looking for the following volunteers within our membership to bring diverse professional experience to this committee:
  • Early Professional member
  • PTA member
  • Member at large
If you or anyone you know is interested in this opportunity, please submit a position statement and resume via the application link below by 11:59 PM, February 26, 2018.
Apply Now
 OPENING   Early Professional Special Interest Group (EPSIG)

Join the brand-new PPSIG!  EPSIG is a collaborative group dedicated to enhancing the opportunities and knowledge of early professionals.  The EPSIG strives to effectively bridge the gap between student and career professional. Their mission is to best prepare early professionals within the specialization (0-5 years) through mentorship, networking, information, advocacy and leadership.
Learn More
 OPENING   Pregnancy and Postpartum Special Interest Group (PPSIG)

Development is underway for the brand-new PPSIG!  The PPSIG will provide a forum to connect physical therapists from a variety of clinical disciplines that promotes networking and cross-leveling of information about musculoskeletal evaluation, treatment, and wellness during and after pregnancy.  The PPSIG is due to become official after the Combined Sections Meeting (CSM) in February of 2018.   Information about joining the PPSIG will be available on the SoWH website after CSM.   If interested, please complete this PPSIG volunteer interest form below.
Apply Now
 OPENING    Clinical Practice Guidelines Core Member

Would you like to help develop a new Clinical Practice Guideline (CPG)? The Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Physical Rehabilitation CPG Team is looking for an additional Core Member with literature review and publication experience.  This unique CPG includes elements of chronic disease; pre- and post operative strategies; pelvic floor; aerobic and strength protocols; bone density and scar tissue management.  Therapists from all specialities are welcome to apply. The CPG’s objectives include:  (1) reviewing existing literature related to IBD, exercise science, and rehabilitation, (2) examining practical applications of IBD rehabilitation strategies, and (3) identifying gaps in the literature, elucidating future directions for IBD and Physical Therapy research.
E-mail Jessica Elia for Info / Application
 OPENING    Clinical Practice Guidelines Reviewer  *NEW* 

Interested in working with a dedicated group of PTs and in giving back to the profession?  Are you interested in learning more about the evidence related to PT interventions for women with UI?  Well, we have we just the right opportunity for you!  Led by Mary McVearry Austin and Adrienne McAuley, our Guideline Development Group is now recruiting full-text reviewers to help appraise the research on PT interventions for UI.  We will provide you with the full-text articles and train you in using the Critical Appraisal Tools (CATs).  Contacting us is not a commitment so please reach out if you are interested.  Those who do decide to join our team will be asked to complete a minimum of 10-15 articles/CATs.
E-mail Adrienne McAuley for Info / Application

We want to share a quick reminder that Nominations are open for three positions on the SoWH Board of Directors, and one position on the Nominations Committee.  This is a great time to serve as a leader and help to shape the strategic direction of the Section on Women's Health. 

Please join us as a volunteer leader >
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New JWHPT Statistician Identifies Two Statistical Skills Most Needed by Physical Therapists (Part 2)

In this conversation with SOWH, Bishop advises researchers how best to ensure their evidence-based manuscripts pass the rigor of at least one aspect of peer review—his close inspection of their data... Read more

What is the #1 Reason to Advertise with SoWH?
Our multi-channel communications reach over 3,000+ physical therapists, researchers, organizations, practitioners, and website visitors. If you access to this influential group, please contact the Section on Women’s Health Director of Financial Development, Alexandra Hill, at
If you are interested in getting more engaged, please complete the SoWH Member Care & Share form here
Which of the following is FALSE about the newly released SoWH PT Locator 2.0?

SoWH Members and SoWH NonMembers can have listings
B) You can now search for business name or practitioner by name
C) You can select more than 1 specialty while searching for a practitioner
D) Quicker automated updates (you no longer need to wait for 7+ days for your information to be updated!)
E) You can now add your Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn handles

Answer = A.  PT Locator listings are exclusive member benefit for SoWH Members.
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