Together, we set records!
This year's Flash Action Strategy (FAS) event, held September 18 and 19, focused on advocacy around the Physical Therapist Workforce and Patient Access Act (HR 2802/S 970), generated more than 14,000 communications on a proposal that would include PTs in the National Health Services Corps (NHSC) and its loan repayment program. Participants in NHSC can receive repayment for up to $50,000 in outstanding student loans when they agree to work for at least 2 years in a designated Health Professional Shortage Area. This increased access to physical therapy instead of opioids for pain management could help reduce consumption of the drugs in some areas of the country hardest-hit by the opioid crisis. Read news on this record-setting FAS!
In the midst of already-packed semesters, students from multiple PT and physical therapist assistant (PTA) programs took time to participate in the nationwide effort, primarily using social media to concentrate their efforts during a 48-hour window of intense messaging. The students were joined by PTs, PTAs, and other stakeholders generated a total of 14,148 communications advocating for passage of the legislation—the most ever delivered during an APTA FAS since its beginnings in 2013.
About Flash Action Strategy (FAS) is an annual student-led advocacy campaign conducted in collaboration with APTA. This year's FAS works to support efforts for the National Health Service Corps to include physical therapists in the loan repayment program. If passed into law, the program would send the PTs into rural and underserved areas and help address the nation’s opioid crisis in areas that have been especially hard-hit.
Information on the 2020 FAS will be posted here in August 2020. Stay tuned!