2012 Federal Advocacy Forum Highlights

The 2012 Federal Advocacy Forum, held April 22-24, drew more than 250 physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, and students of physical therapy to Washington, DC, to hear how to effectively lobby members of Congress. The forum also included presentations on new ideas on direct access, implementation of the new therapy cap exceptions process, and included several congressional speakers who provided a glimpse into what to expect during Hill Day.

Federal Advocacy Forum - Highlights 01

Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) accepts APTA's 2012 Public Service Award, along with APTA President Scott Ward, PT, PhD, and constituent Danielle Haggerty, PT, for her advocacy on behalf of the profession.
Federal Advocacy Forum - Highlights 02

APTA members Carolyn Bloom, PT, and David Sanderson, PT, pose with a congressional staffer during their hill meetings to discuss physical therapy issues.
Federal Advocacy Forum - Highlights 03

APTA member Carolyn Bloom, PT, gets a picture with state Rep. Lynn Jenkins (KS-2) during her visit to Capitol Hill for this year's Federal Advocacy Forum.
Federal Advocacy Forum - Highlights 04

Representatives from Louisiana take pictures in front of the United States Capitol between meetings with their legislators.
Federal Advocacy Forum - Highlights 05

Physical therapy students from North Carolina, of more than 60 student attendees, take a picture in front of the office of David Price (NC-4) before their meeting on physical therapy issues.
Federal Advocacy Forum - Highlights 06

APTA honored Eva Norman, PT, DPT, with its 2012 Government Affairs Leadership Award. The award is given to an individual who demonstrates outstanding leadership in federal legislative issues and promotes initiatives that preserve, protect, and advance the practice of physical therapy.