Every year, the U.S. patient population becomes more and more racially and ethnically diverse—but the physical therapist workforce has not evolved alongside it.

To help close the diversity gap, Dr. Heidi Jannenga, a physical therapist, industry advocate, and thought leader, founded Rizing Tide: a foundation that provides scholarships to BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and people of color) PT students and partners with industry leaders to advance diversity and inclusiveness in the physical therapy workforce. Heidi joins with Rizing Tide Foundation Selection Committee Member Moyo Tillery to speak on this issue, how it has changed over the years and what needs to be done.

Check out more information at Rizing Tide.


36:22 “Ask people to be brave.” – Heidi Jannenga

37:15 “BIPOC students sometimes forget that the classroom is not reflective of the outside world… There may be some consolation once you get out in the clinic and remember the outside world is more diverse than generally most of our programs are.” – Moyo Tillery