Presented By: Stephen (Chris) Owens, PT, ScD, OCS, CSCS, FAAOMPT



The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that 78% of the physical therapy workforce identified as white, 5% as Black/African American, 15% Asian, and 4% Latino/Hispanic. These demographic numbers are not consistent with the country’s growing racial and ethnic diversity. Successfully recruiting and training more healthcare providers from underrepresented populations has been identified as a potential means of lessening the impact of health disparities on these populations. The purpose of this presentation is to assist individuals and institutions involved in the education and training of healthcare providers to understand the impact of the lack of diversity in healthcare. Strategies will be outlined for improving diversity, equity, and inclusion that have been used in training physical therapy professionals.

Benefits to Watching:

  • Identify ways in which the lack of diversity in healthcare directly impacts healthcare outcome
  • Evidence-based strategies that educators can utilize to improve diversity, equity, and inclusion in healthcare


Chris Owens PT, ScD, OCS, CSCS, FAAOMPT graduated from the University of Connecticut and received a BS in the Allied Health Sciences Program in Physical Therapy in 1993. He became NSCA – Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist in 1998 and a Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist through the International Academy of Orthopedic Medicine – US in 2002. He completed an APTA and AAOMPT accredited Orthopedic Manual Therapy Fellowship and became an APTA Board Certified Orthopedic Specialist in 2006. Dr. Owens received his Doctor of Science from Texas Tech Health Sciences Center in 2008. He joined the faculty at the Hampton University Department of Physical Therapy in August 2009. As part of his scholarly duties, he coordinates and teaches the Musculoskeletal Management, Research, Physical Agents, and Differential Diagnosis curriculum. Dr. Owens has published many peer-review articles and presented his research at conferences in orthopedic manual physical therapy, and diversity equity and inclusion in healthcare. He has offered continuing education instruction nationally for physical therapists in the area of orthopedic manual physical therapy for 15 years.


Explore online continuing education courses from Chris below:

Evaluation of Inversion Ankle Sprains

Evaluation of the Hip Complex

Evaluation of Anterior Knee Pain

Evaluation of the Shoulder Complex


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