Amy Jo Lamb, OTD, OTRL, FAOTA
AOTA President Elect
Dr. Lamb is the President Elect of the American Occupational Therapy Association, Program Director & Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy at Eastern Michigan University, and owner of AJLamb Consulting. She is the immediate past Vice President of AOTA from 2012-2015 and prior to that served as chair of the American Occupational Therapy Political Action Committee (AOTPAC). She brings with her the valuable combination of clinical practice as a registered occupational therapist combined together with health care policy experience at the state and federal levels. Dr. Lamb’s expertise includes health policy, prevention and wellness, and occupational therapy as a career.
Dr. Lamb received both her Bachelors of Science in Occupational Therapy and her post professional Doctor of Occupational Therapy from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska.
Dr. Lamb got her policy start in the Minnesota House of Representatives working with the Health Policy committee. She was the paid lobbyist for the Nebraska Occupational Therapy Association from 2000-2008.
Dr. Lamb’s clinical practice spans from private practice, school based pediatrics, acute care, and elders. Prior to her current position she was an Outpatient Director with Brookdale Senior Living managing the outpatient therapy clinics and home health rehabilitation services in assisted living and independent living communities in the Denver Colorado area.
In 2012, Dr. Lamb was selected to join the AOTA Roster of Fellows. In 2011, she received the Lindy Boggs advocacy award from the American Occupational Therapy Association for her leadership in advocacy and political action in the profession of occupational therapy. Therapy Times included her on their Most Influential list for 2007 for her contributions at the state and federal level in advocacy and health policy development.
In her volunteer leadership positions, Dr. Lamb is part of the team that helps occupational therapy professionals understand the policy agenda of the association and the role they as health care professionals play in advocacy, she organizes the grassroots, educates others on issues, and spends time on the hill with members of Congress to meet the needs of the Association. Dr. Lamb speaks regularly to groups on health policy issues impacting practice and benefits of consumers and provides participants with practical ways to get involved in the process and make their voices heard. She currently resides outside of Dexter, Michigan with her husband Nathan and their two children Gabby (12) and Josh (10).
In the 2011 AOTA general elections 1,511 member’s votes were tallied. With a membership base of 42,350; that means that less than 4% of the AOTA membership was heard in 2011!
In 2012, we need to hear from everyone! The opportunities and challenges facing our profession are too large to sit back and be quiet. Encourage your colleagues to log in, get informed and cast their votes as well. AOTA drives the future of the profession which impacts the future of your practice.
Don’t let the 2012 election polls close without your voice being heard.
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Voting ends February 28, 2012!
One notable challenge & opportunities is caused by the changes that will be made in DSM V, with autism getting a lot of the headlines. I think the next few months will be critical, as I believe AOTA has to get the inside scoop of the changes, so that new/revised fact sheets and positional statements can be made when the changes become official.
I voted! Vote, and let your voice be heard this year!
I agree we need to be in on the ground floor on the autism issue. This
is an important topic to the community we serve, clients, practitioners, and students. The membership needs to be ready to assist AOTA in this effort.
I know you are!
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