AOTA Federal Policy is a blog maintained by AOTA’s Federal and Regulatory Affairs Departments, covering the latest happenings in Congress, the White House, and across the federal agencies. While the battles of Washington often seem far removed from your role as a practitioner, student, educator, or business owner, public policy undoubtedly shapes the way you practice, what you are paid, and who you’re able to see. We hope this blog serves as a means to bring you closer to the process and keep you up to date on the latest federal issues affecting your practice.
In addition to the content on this blog, you can still find regular updates and information on our Congressional Affairs and Regulatory Affairs pages by visiting AOTA’s website including our Legislative Action Center.
My engagement in politics was not founded in a traditional way with an interest of history and/or journalism. With the election of 2016, I observed the important role of constituents and advocates in shaping policy and electing government officials. This inspired me to become more involved and actively participate in decisions that affect my personal and professional life. So, with a basic Schoolhouse Rock! education, I set out to learn all that I could about health care and health policy. Getting involved in the political process and being politically informed seems like a daunting task, but today it is easier than ever. Below, I have listed how I began my political awakening and what you can do to get involved.
The important part is to be a sponge. Soak up as much news as you can. Be aware of the politics surrounding your practice and your future. The policies written today will impact you and your practice for the rest of your life. Get involved and speak out! Your voice matters. If you don’t Take Action and advocate for occupational therapy, who will?
And now, let’s hear from the audience!
What do you do to follow the news and advocate for OT? Please share your favorite podcasts, twitter profiles, blogs, or other helpful tips in the comments below!
Clarice Miller is a Federal Affairs Fieldwork Student at AOTA with the Federal Affairs Team. She is an MSOT student from Columbia University.
This is a very helpful article. I just completed my doctorate in OT, and I am future OTR. OT-Advocacy is something I have always adored and it was the only committee that I first joined in my State Association. This article is very helpful and informative. Many things I was not able to access but, this one helped me guide in a correct direction. So thank you for sharing all these information.
To your question, I do Twitter more regularly for professional purposes.
Another great podcast is What The Health by Kaiser Health News! It has all of my favorite health reporters on it and it covers the latest health news and policy for that week. They are on Google Play and Apple Podcasts. See Soundcloud link below for free access to all of their shows!
Glad you found the article helpful! I also joined the advocacy group with my State Association. Best of luck on your OTR!