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OPTA's Lecture Series & Research Showcase


OPTimize 2018 - Friday, September 28, 2018 (Formerly Scientific Symposium)

CALL FOR PRESENTATION PROPOSALS ON "OPTimize: OPTA's Lecture Series and Research Showcase on Population Health & Movement"

Transforming society by optimizing movement to improve the human experience is APTA’s Vision Statement for the Physical Therapy Profession. APTA supports physical therapist efforts to create, implement, evaluate, and lead new initiatives to introduce population health approaches to transform society. The guiding principles to achieve the vision include facilitating movement as a key to optimal quality of life for all people that extends beyond health to every person's ability to participate in and contribute to society. The multifaceted needs of the community, such as those resulting from a sedentary lifestyle, call for our profession to engage with consumers to lessen preventable health care costs and overcome barriers to participation in society.[1]

[1] Adopted from/accessed January 2, 2018.

 * Looking to submit your Research Abstract, click here

OPTA’s Lecture Series and Research Showcase on Population Health & Movement will focus on the evidence to support physical therapy practice and interventions for population health and movement across the continuum—including all portions of the lifespan and in all practice areas.

What is population health? According to the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, “Population health is defined as the health outcomes of a group of individuals, including the distribution of such outcomes within the group. These groups are often geographic populations such as nations or communities, but can also be other groups such as employees, ethnic groups, [individuals with disabilities], prisoners, or any other defined group.”[1]

Physical therapy professionals continue to provide essential individual interventions related to health and disease. However, population health topics are becoming increasingly important in our evolving healthcare landscape, especially those that can be positively affected by movement.

OPTA is now accepting Evidence-based presentation proposals on topics related to physical therapist practice focusing on population health and the following principles to demonstrate how the profession and society can create systems that optimize movement and function for all people: (Please refer to APTA’s Vision for more details.)

Identity – promoting the movement system as the foundation for optimizing movement to improve the health of society. Recognition and validation of the movement system are essential to understanding the structure, function, and potential of the human body.

Quality - establishing and adopting best population health practice standards across the domains of practice, education, and research as the individuals in these domains endeavor to be flexible, prepared, and responsive in a dynamic and ever-changing world.

Collaboration - demonstrating the value of collaboration with other health care providers, consumers, community organizations, and other disciplines to solve population health-related challenges of our society.

Value - ensuring the population health services that the physical therapy profession will provide will be safe, effective, patient/client-centered, timely, efficient, and equitable; and outcomes will be both meaningful to patients/clients and cost-effective.

Innovation - offering creative and proactive solutions to enhance population health services delivery and to increase the value of physical therapy to society.

Consumer-centricity – providing that patient/client/consumer values and goals will be central to population health efforts in which the physical therapy profession will engage.

Access/Equity - recognizing health inequities and disparities and working to ameliorate them through innovative models of population health service delivery, advocacy, attending to the influence of the social determinants of health on the consumer, collaborating with community entities, serving as a point of entry to the healthcare system, and direct outreach to consumers.

Advocacy - advocating for patients/clients/consumers both as individuals and as a population, in practice, education, and research settings to manage and endorse change, adopt best practice approaches, and ensure that population health systems are built to be consumer-centered.

 For additional information on population health, visit the free webinar for APTA members at the APTA Learning Center: Applying a Population Health Framework in Physical Therapist Practice.


Research Shorts will showcase speakers who will educate our audience in short snippets of well-developed, research-based information. Speakers will be challenged to hone their presentation to include important material and inspire the audience in 16 to 18 minutes.  Presenters will have the opportunity to augment their presentation with 5-10 concise and visually pleasing PowerPoint slides. 

Read "A Guide to Presenting at OPTimize"

Submissions will be accepted online and must include the following for consideration:

1. Title of presentation (up to 150 characters)

2. Description of the presentation stating how you will address your topic related to the above principles (requires 100 to 200 words)

3. Presentation outline including the length of time on each subtopic. Must be 16 to 18 minutes total (see below for more info)

4. Learning objectives – at least three following the document Writing Effective Learning Objectives for Your OPTA Conference Presentation (75-150 words)

5. Preliminary bibliography of at least five works published within the past ten years (written in AMA format)

6. Presenter information (name, phone number, email address) and a short bio (credentials/qualifications to teach the specific course material, pertinent previous speaking history – 75 to 150 words required each presenter)

Incomplete submissions will not be considered for review by the Conference Committee. Please gather all submission requirements prior to entering the submission portal below.

Submissions will be accepted online via OPTA's Conference Submission Portal--you cannot save your work and return to the submission portal. Submissions are due by June 4, 2018. Confirmation of receipt will be sent via email.

Looking to submit your Research Abstract? Visit this page for submission details.


Presentations will be reviewed by the Conference Committee during the month of May. Letters of acceptance or denial will be sent via email.

Contact the OPTA office at (614) 855-4109 or


September 28, 2018 - Nationwide Hotel & Conference Center - OPTA's Lecture Series & Research Showcase 2018  - NEW DATE & LOCATION!

April 5-6, 2019 - Renaissance Columbus Downtown Hotel, Columbus, OH  - Annual Conference 2019

Looking For Ways to Volunteer?

The conference committee is seeking volunteers to serve as abstract reviewers for OPTimize 2018. You must be an OPTA member in order to be selected. We are looking to select volunteers by June 1, 2018. The abstract review period will go from June 4 - 24, 2018.  Be fill out the form below if you are interested in becoming a research abstract volunteer reviewer. 

Sample Publication:

Jones, AB, Smith CD, Wall ER, Reliability and validity of the XYZ scale for assessing postural stability in healthy controls. Journal of ABC Sports 20XX; 9(3):1-100. PMID: 123456789

Sample of accepted peer-reviewed abstract:

Jones, AB, Smith CD, Wall ER, Reliability and validity of the XYZ scale for assessing postural stability in healthy controls. Podium presentation at the Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association. Las Vegas, February, 2014.

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