Advocacy

The Oregon Physical Therapy Association's Government Affairs Committee works with the American Physical Therapy Association and our lobbyist to advocate for the profession in Congress, in the Oregon Legislature and with the numerous regulatory bodies that influence our profession. The committee meets on the second Tuesday of most months. If you are interested in participating in the Government Affairs Committee, contact the committee chair at info@opta.org.

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Government Affairs and Public Service Awards Nominations Due January 12, 2018
Do you know of an APTA member who in 2017 has gone above and beyond to advocate on behalf of the physical therapy profession at the federal level? Is there a member of Congress, staffer, or public figure who has championed physical therapy causes this year? Nominate them for APTA’s Federal Government Affairs Leadership Award or the Public Service Award.

The Federal Government Affairs Leadership Award is presented annually to an active APTA member who has made significant contributions to the association’s federal government affairs efforts and shown exemplary leadership in furthering the association's objectives in the federal arena.

The Public Service Award is presented annually to an individual who has demonstrated distinctive support for the physical therapy profession at a national level. Individuals from the following categories are eligible for nomination: members of Congress, congressional staff, federal agency officials, health and legislative association staff, and celebrities or other public figures.

Recipients will be selected in February by the APTA Board of Directors, and the awards will be presented during APTA's Federal Advocacy Forum set for April 29–May 1 in Washington, DC. Winners' expenses to attend the award event will be paid by APTA.

Nominations must be submitted by Friday, January 12, to Jennica Sims at jennicasims@apta.org.