APTA relies on its network of dedicated grassroots activists to bring physical therapy issues to the attention of Members of Congress and other policy makers. There are many ways to get involved, including hosting a practice visit with your elected representatives, as well as becoming a Federal Affairs Liaison, Key Contact, or PTeam member.
The PTeam grassroots network is a vital link to APTA's success on Capitol Hill. All PTeam members receive updates on federal legislation including Action Alerts, newsletters, and Information Bulletins. Through the alerts, PTeam members are asked to contact their members of Congress on particular issues of concern to their patients and the physical therapy profession.
Any APTA member can join the PTeam and stay up-to-date on the latest legislative and regulatory news impacting the physical therapy profession.
The Key Contacts are APTA members who serve as the primary contacts with their Senators or Representative in the United States Congress. There can be more than one key contact for a member of Congress. Key Contacts establish valuable relationships with legislators to increase awareness of the issues that face the physical therapy profession.
Key Contact Roles & Responsibilities:
- Establish and maintain a relationship with members of Congress and their staff
- Provide information on critical physical therapy issues to members of Congress
- Develop a network of physical therapists that live in the state/congressional district who will write letters or make telephone calls to legislators in support of APTA's public policy priorities
If you have a personal connection to a legislator or are interested in building a relationship with your Senators or House Representative, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to become a key contact.
Federal Affairs Liaisons (FAL)
Federal Affairs Liaisons (FALs) serve as the link between their component and APTA's Government Affairs Department on federal issues. Each APTA chapter and section president selects 1 member to serve as that component's Federal Affairs Liaison for a term of 1 year. FALs are responsible for providing grassroots input to the APTA's Government Affairs Department, and for disseminating information to their component.
FAL Roles & Responsibilities:
- Provide input from the chapter/section to APTA's government affairs staff
- Disseminate information to the grassroots membership from the APTA Board of Directors and government affairs staff
- Assist in the identification of potential APTA key contacts from your chapter. FALs to APTA sections do not have this responsibility since Key Contacts are identified at the state level
- Attend regular component meetings to relay legislative and regulatory information
- Help recruit participants for APTA advocacy events, such as the Federal Advocacy Forum, rallies, practice visits, fundraisers, or other grassroots activities
- Coordinate practice visits in your state by bring members of Congress into different physical therapy practice settings
- Attend political events, with the assistance of PT-PAC in your state
- Coordinate with the state legislative chairperson on component grassroots networks, policy development, and identification of emerging issues
If you are interested in becoming a Federal Affairs Liaison for your chapter or section, contact your component president or e-mail email@example.com.
Public Policy and Advocacy Committee
The Public Policy and Advocacy Committee (PPAC) provides strategic advice, counsel, and options to the APTA Board of Directors regarding:
- How APTA can be responsive to, and advocate for society’s needs for health care, rehabilitation, and other services provided by physical therapists and physical therapist assistants;
- Current and emerging public policy issues impacting the provision of physical therapy, rehabilitation, and health care services, including, but not limited to, delivery systems, payment for services, public health, quality, research, education, and access to care; and
- How to advance the profession within public policy arenas, including but not limited to, legislative and regulatory venues
For more information about the PPAC visit APTA's Public Policy and Advocacy Committee webpage.