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The Federal Government Affairs Leadership Award was established in 2003 to recognize outstanding achievements by APTA members in advancing the association's federal government affairs objectives and activities.

The award is presented annually to an APTA member who has made significant contributions to APTA's federal government affairs efforts, and has shown exemplary leadership in furthering the association's objectives.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Be a current APTA member in good standing.
  • Be a licensed physical therapist, licensed physical therapist assistant, physical therapist student, or physical therapist assistant student.
  • Be a role model for other physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, and physical therapist/physical therapist assistant students in advocating the profession to patients/clients, federal policy makers, and the public.

Criteria for Selection

  • Success in establishing relationships with members of Congress measured by support for legislation, ability to communicate directly with the member.
  • Active involvement in and contributions to APTA federal government affairs activities.
  • Leadership in grassroots recruiting, organizing, and coordination.
  • Leadership in local press and media education and activities.
  • Support from APTA and component leadership.
  • Years of service to APTA and component government affairs activities.
  • Significant individual contributions and exemplary leadership in furthering the Association’s Federal Government Affairs activities including:
    • Developing a professional relationship with a Member of Congress
    • Hosting clinic/facility tours and briefings for Members of Congress and their staff.
    • Actively participating in congressional election campaigns.
    • Recruiting, organizing, and assisting other APTA members in becoming more effective advocates and increasing the overall effectiveness the Association’s grassroots advocacy efforts.

Submission Requirements

To nominate an APTA member for this award, complete and submit:

  • the nomination form,
  • a letter of nomination, and
  • other supporting documentation, such as letters of support, detailing why the nominee should receive the award.

What Recipients Receive

The selected recipient will be invited to attend an APTA national event where an award will be presented during the event. The recipient will also receive recognition on APTA's website and magazine.

Submit a Nomination

Component presidents, executives PPAC, Federal Affairs Liaisons and PTPAC Trustees may submit a nomination by January 31, 2024. Selected recipients will be notified of receipt of the honor or award in May 2024.

Additional Resources

For questions regarding the nomination process or the award, please contact