Membership Matters

I think membership in the APTA/PTWA matters. I was reminded of this proposition as I attended the APTA Combined Sections Meeting in Anaheim. The value in my attendance of this meeting was the proximity to my mentors, peers and friends. These “resources” create valuable inspiration — personal, clinical and academic. Your state leadership attends governance, legislative, house of delegates meetings for three days. We work with leaders from around the country to provide support, share ideas and problem-solve and inspire states issues.

CSM is a great meeting to “find your people” who share your practice niche’.

 

Meetings and educational sessions are often described as a “professional battery charge.” Peer interactions create problem solving, empathetic support and inspirations for new ways to approach business and life. 

 

Attending a meeting costs in many ways. I am missing four days in the office. This is a cost to my personal time and business. Is the cost worth it? I have found that the outcome is worth the investments. I can say I am a better profession for being an active member of my association.

 

I have found that the greatest value in membership takes interaction and an investment of time with your peers.

 

I would ask that you seek to be an active member of your association and discover and amplify your benefits. A simple way is to attend the PTWA Conference and earn some continuing education credit. Or attend a district meeting. Any of your PTWA board members will be happy to find a way for to become a more active member of your association.

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Erik Moen
PTWA President
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The Beat Goes On

The political process is just that…a process. It has its ups and its downs. The history of Abraham Lincoln and his eventuality of president is an excellent tale of persistence and learning along the way. We will have more information for you regarding our legislative session as we can. We are not done. You may see further details of the legislative session in our weekly lobbyist’s report that is sent privately to members. You should receive it at your email address of designation.

I would like to highlight a little work our state has done in conjunction with APTA. APTA now has an expanded legislative Action App that includes specific state information.  Washington is one of twenty nine states that is working to provide information for this centralized app. For those of you (and it should be all of you) who follow legislative issues….this is an excellent resource. It is highly educational and allows you greater ease with interacting with your state and federal legislators. By the way, your voice and the number of your voices matter. The app is available for free download in the Apple and Google Play app stores. The app includes an action center, Congressional and state directory, talking points and more. For those who already have the app please update your app to obtain the new version.

Search “APTA Action” in your Apple or Google Play app store to download the app today!

I will be attending the PTWA King County District Meeting on February 11, 2016. Please plan to attend if you can as there are excellent speakers with a very interesting topic. I will be available for your individual questions after we listen to the presentation and Q&A.

Thank you for your active membership!
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Erik Moen, PT
PTWA President

Legislative Impact Day Thank You!

Thank you to all who attended the Legislative Impact Day (LID). Your day of service to our profession is valuable. You should know that we had many students attend LID. Our future is bright as evidenced by their commitment to professionalism. Your work, as well as that of those who did not attend, is not over for this legislative session. Easy participation in our legislative session could be reading our Lobbyist Melissa Johnson’s weekly reports. Keep up on the process and engage your legislators along the way. You will occasionally get “call to action” emails from your association regarding certain legislative needs. Please act on them!  Remember, the legislative process is a process. Your long-term voice and interaction makes a difference for our profession of physical therapy.

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Erik Moen, PT
PTWA President