Dr. Carol Maritz to Receive PPTA Award
Published on July 20, 2017
Professor of Physical Therapy Carol Maritz, PT, EdD, GCS, was selected to receive the Pennsylvania Physical Therapy Association Special Interest Group Award (Geriatrics).
This award recognizes a PT who has made meaningful contributions to physical therapy at the individual, chapter, or national level in the practice area supported by the SIG. The contributions can be in any of the following areas: excellence in patient care or clinical practice, excellence in education or research, or community advocacy.
As a PT educator, she has developed, implemented, and taught in the geriatric PT course in the doctor of physical therapy program. Among her accomplishments, Dr. Maritz developed the Southwest Elders Exercising Together (SWEET) program in 2007, a community-based group exercise program designed to decrease risk factors associated with falls in the older population, that expanded to a second site in 2010. As a part of these programs, she trained DPT students to deliver exercise intervention as part of their capstone projects. In addition, Dr. Maritz has been an advocate for exercise and health promotion instruction and education in disadvantaged urban areas in Philadelphia, creating and developing a Pro Bono Clinic in 2002 that is multi-institutional and interdisciplinary. The pro-bono clinic provides a valuable service to underserved and underinsured persons of the Philadelphia community and benefits students. On behalf of the impactful work performed at the Pro Bono Clinic, Dr. Maritz was recognized as recipient of the Health Improvement Award by the Philadelphia Business Journal in 2012.
Dr. Maritz, who also serves as an associate dean in the University’s Samson College of Health Sciences, will be recognized at the meeting in Seven Springs, Pa., in October.