July 2019

CMA Committee Update
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The OPTA Cultural & Minority Affairs (CMA) committee, started in 2018, officially began meeting toward the end of last year and held their first social event at Portland Center Stage on March 8th, 2019, ahead of OPTA’s spring conference.

The committee also hosted a table at the OPTA Spring Conference. Educational materials related to health disparity outcomes affecting communities of color and the LGBTQ+ community were available. We were pleased to see interest and participation in the committee’s work grow from both the social and tabling events.

The OPTA Cultural & Minority Affairs committee is working to find and build community and assess the wants and needs of minority practitioners in Oregon. We are looking for as much input as we can get from current and future PTs/PTAs. Our desire is to focus on needs and opportunities identified by the committee and the community.

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Cultural & Minority Affairs Committee

The OPTA’s Cultural & Minority Affairs (CMA) Committee was established in 2018 with the following goals:

  • Improve involvement from underrepresented minorities at all levels of the profession
  • Improve cultural responsiveness of Oregon PTs, PTAs, and students in practice
  • Improve the profession’s engagement with minority and underserved communities


Who We Are

The committee aims to be a representative coalition of practitioners and students in the state of Oregon who are passionate about minority issues within the profession of physical therapy and its patient populations at the state and national level. The committee’s consideration of minority statuses within the profession aligns with those established by the American Council of Academic Physical Therapy (ACAPT) and includes:

  • Racial, ethnic, and cultural minorities
  • Sexual orientation and gender identity minorities
  • Nationality and immigrant status minorities
  • Individuals living with disabilities

  What We Do

The Cultural & Minority Affairs Committee is committed to building professional community and facilitating support and mentorship among current and aspiring PTs and PTAs. The committee is dedicated to creating community outreach opportunities and relationships across the state of Oregon to increase awareness and service of the profession to under-served communities. Lastly, this committee has committed itself the ongoing education of ourselves and our professional community through the development of continuing education events and workshops, as well as state and national conference presentations.

How We Engage

Loving Teachers. Gracious Learners.

The Cultural & Minority Affairs Committee believes that addressing diversity and minority issues requires all parties to approach this work with a willingness to listen, learn, and teach. We have the responsibility to be curious about the needs and positions of others, and to engage in respectful but daring dialogue.

Join Us

Committee meets 4 times each year (Jan/Apr/Aug/Nov). See OPTA Calendar for dates and times.