National PT Month
Today kicks off National PT month. The government may be shutting down today but therapists are OPEN for business. This month we will take a celebratory look at the unique benefits of rehabilitation and the skilled therapists who bring movement, health, and hope to millions. The October commemoration is put on by the APTA and its 85k plus membership. If you get a chance, swing by the APTA website to find event planning, featured articles from moveforwardpt.com, as well as specialty items and clothing.
Currently they have a look at the 10 fittest babyboomer cities in America. I won’t spoil the fun here so you will have to go see for yourself if your state made the cut. Instead, we are going to look at a recent survey in PT motion magazine that ranked the “best states” to practice on metrics deemed most important to therapy professionals. The factors taken into consideration included heath literacy, quality of life, employment projections, business friendliness, technology, and student engagement with the APTA. All 6 categories were given equal weight so it may be important to you to see the scores based on your priorities.
The survey publishes the complete methodology and lists the scores in the the individual categories. Surprisingly, one state ran away from all the others….yes, its the Beehive state of Utah. ( I had no idea Utah was the beehive state, do they have a lot of bee’s there?) Colorado was second and Minnesota came in third. Although Utah is a beautiful state with friendly people, this is not a result I would have predicted.
Interestingly, a 2012 Gallup survey had Utah as the top place to live based on 13 forward-looking metrics, so perhaps this is not the shocking result it seemed at first glance. Ranking first in both business friendliness and future livability, Utah managed to even rank 19th in its lowest score: technology. In addition, to the 6 metrics, the survey also lists the percentage of children in a states population and the percentage of seniors.
This can be useful in determining job opportunities in early intervention or finding a state with a large geriatric presence for skilled nursing home jobs. Utah and Texas are states with high percentages of young children, while Florida and West Virginia were the states that skewed old. The article is written by Donald Tepper and you can read it here: http://www.apta.org/PTinMotion/2013/10/Feature/BestStatesinWhichtoPractice/
Check back soon for more features spotlighting physical therapy and the APTA this month. We’ll also be giving away some prizes this month on Facebook so be sure to Like us and stay tuned. Until next time…