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 June, the AOTA Board of Directors approved the FY2014 Centennial Vision Priorities that put into focus key actions for the profession as we boldly navigate the changing world around us. The priorities are directly linked to our Centennial Vision. The priorities are separated into five key areas:
I encourage you to visit http://www.aota.org/AboutAOTA/BOD/News/2013/2014-Priorities.aspx to read more about the FY2014 priorities in their entirety.
The Centennial Commission had their first meeting of the fiscal year (which began on July 1) to thoroughly review the 2014 Centennial Vision Priorities and examine ways these various leadership groups of the Association can play an active role in achieving our priorities as we move closer to our Centennial. The members of the Centennial Commission include the AOTA President, AOTA Vice President, Speaker of the Representative Assembly, Vice-Speaker of the Representative Assembly, Chair of OT Program Directors, Chair of OTA Program Directors, Chair of the Affiliated State Association Presidents, Chair of the Special Interest Sections Council, Chair of the Assembly of Student Delegates, a representative from the Multicultural Diversity & Inclusion Network. As Vice President, I serve as chair of this group and we work collectively to advance the profession of occupational therapy on our Centennial Vision path focusing our efforts on the annual priorities set forth by the AOTA Board of Directors.
As we enter the fall conference season for state occupational therapy associations my presentations are focused on the Centennial Vision and the 2014 priority to demonstrate and articulate the distinct value of occupational therapy to individuals, organizations, and communities. I had the great pleasure of delivering the plenary at the New Mexico Occupational Therapy Association conference this past weekend and we rolled out #OTdistinctvalue on Twitter. I encourage all members to reflect on the distinct value that occupational therapy brings to your practice setting and share it with us. What is it that occupational therapy brings that other professions do not that is of value to the clients we serve and their families, to the organizations in which we work, and to the communities where we live? I also invite everyone to follow #OTdistinctvalue on Twitter and share your thoughts as we focus in on this priority and take action to boldly navigate a changing world!