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 program 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, we ask you to contact your Members of Congress on particular issues of concern to your patients and the physical therapy profession. Note: APTA members aren't automatically included in PTeam. You must sign up to join.
Government Affairs Committee (GAC)
The Government Affairs Committee is appointed by the Board of Directors and consists of five members and two board members. Each committee member serves a three year term. The GAC facilitates grassroots involvement in and input into government affairs priorities, strategies, and activities at the federal and state level and to make recommendations to the Board of Directors on federal and state government affairs policies, positions, and issues.
Federal Affairs Liaisons (FAL)
Federal Affairs Liaisons serve as the link between their component and the GAC on federal issues. Each APTA chapter and section president is asked to select one member to serve in this role for a term of 2 years. These elected individuals are responsible for providing grassroots input to the GAC, and for disseminating information to their component. Contact APTA's Government Affairs Department at email@example.com if you would like to get in touch with your FAL.
The Key Contacts grassroots network of physical therapy practitioners 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 their awareness of the issues that face physical therapy on a daily basis and in the long term. Contact APTA's Government Affairs Department at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to get in touch with your district's Key Contact.