Physical therapy researchers returned to Capitol Hill June 24-25 to advocate on behalf of rehabilitation research funding, and to press for passage of a Senate bill that would better coordinate these efforts within the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
Coordinated by APTA and sponsored by the Section on Research, the "fly-in" involved 10 researchers from 10 states who met with staff of the House and Senate appropriations committees and their individual members of Congress to talk about the value of rehabilitation research. The researchers also urged passage of the Rehabilitation Improvement Act (S 1027), a Senate bill introduced by Sens Mark Kirk (R-IL) and Tim Johnson (D-SD), that calls for a working group comprising various NIH institutes and centers to update and streamline NIH's rehabilitation research priorities.
Physical therapy researchers made their case to members of Congressand their staff at the June 24-25 rehabilitation research fly-in.
The researchers were well-received, and were fortunate enough to be on Capitol Hill on the same day the House of Representatives passed the Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Reauthorization Act that ensures the continuation of research sponsored by NIH and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) (see related News story).
The fly-in was capped off by a Congressional briefing that featured Pamela Duncan, PT, PhD, FAPTA, and focused on the economic impact and return-on-investment of rehabilitation research. The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) participated in the session, which was introduced by Rep Lee Terry (R-NE).
APTA cohosted the Return on Investment of Rehabilitation Science briefing.
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