The Black Rehabilitation Manifesto requires the acknowledgement of the harmful nature of the status quo in rehabilitative advocacy, education, practice, and community engagement. The status quo has resulted in increased healthcare costs, widening of the gap in individualized care, and increased disability and premature deaths in Black communities. The Manifesto represents a collaborative effort of Black practitioners, students, and consumers to verbalize our expectations of stakeholders involved in rehabilitation advocacy, community engagement, practice, research, and education. Although the recommendations do not include overly detailed events, activities, or funding amounts, these omissions are not to be misinterpreted as current or potential acceptance of superficial or performative activities. We collectively believe that each stakeholder has a moral and social obligation to partner with us to diversify the workforce, mandate inclusion within educational, research, and practice settings, and improve the health and wellness conditions of Black communities. We expect these recommendations to be considered and implemented intentionally and immediately with the Black community being actively involved in the decision-making process and the implementation of those decisions.
Tahira Collier, PT, DPT, CSCS, NCPT
Aaron Embry, PT, DPT, PhD Candidate, MSCR
Efosa Erhunmwunse, DPT
Victoria Gaugis, PT, DPT
Douglene Jackson, PhD, OTR/L, LMT, ATP, BCTS
Mica Mitchell, PT, DPT, C/NDT, Board-Certified Pediatric Clinical Specialist
Lisa VanHoose, PhD, MPH, PT, Board-Certified Oncologic Clinical Specialist
Tiffany Adams, PT, DPT, MBA, Board-Certified Geriatric Clinical Specialist
Onyekachim Amauwah, DPT
Drew E. Anderson, SPT
DeAndrea Bullock, PT, DPT, CCI
Garrison P. Cherry, SPT
Imani L. Coles, SPT
Marcia Darbouze, PT, DPT, FMS, CYT
Jennifer D. Hutton, PT, DPT
Candace Johnson, MOTS
Khalilah R. Johnson, PhD, MS, OTR/L
Victoria Junious, SPT
Cherie LeDoux, PT, DPT, PhD candidate
Tyra N. Mitchell, PT, DPT, MHA, CLT
Raveenn S. Smith Mowbray, SPT
Oluremi Onifade, PT, DPT, M.Ed, CCI, CCVT
Margaret Pittman, PT, DPT, Board-Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist
Katherine Sylvester, PT, DPT
Kimberly Varnado, PT, DPT, DHSc, Board-Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist
Briana L. Partee, PT, DPT
We had over 90 practitioners, students, and customers from Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Speech Language Pathology domains participate in the development of the Manifesto. Thank you to ALL for this labor of LOVE, CONVICTION, AND HIGHER EXPECTATIONS!
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Embry, A., Jackson, D., Mitchell, M., Collier, T., Gaugis, V., VanHoose, L., . . . Varnado, K. (2020, October 3). The Black Rehabilitation Manifesto. Retrieved October 3, 2020, from http://www.ujimainstitute.com/black-rehabilitation-manifesto.html
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