Thoughts on the APTA House of Delegates, NEXT and Advocacy

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Erik Moen

The summer for PTWA is highlighted by attendance and the deliberations at the APTA House of Delegates. The House of Delegates is the highest deliberative body in the APTA. Your state was well represented by our leaders who attended this year’s house in Boston in June. My first House of Delegates was in Boston in 1991. Boston has a good spot in my heart. This APTA link has a great overview of our time in Boston.

A special nod of recognition goes to PTWA Chief Delegate Jennifer Lesko. Jennifer has served as our chief delegate for eight years and this was her last year as chief. We thank her for her leadership, organization and excellent representation of Washington (state) interests.

Please take the time to read/review the McMillan and Maley lecture transcripts. The McMillan and Maley lectures are delivered each year during APTA’s NEXT conference, which immediately follows the House of Delegates. The lecture transcripts will appear in print in your Physical Therapy journal. These lectures are always inspirational and worthy of your time.

A word on “summer advocacy.” There certainly is a lot of federal legislative activity going on around health care this summer. Regardless of what side you are on, it is important that you connect with your federal legislators to represent your view point. APTA has your back if you need a little help with this process. APTA has an advocacy app, which can be found in Apple and Google play stores under “APTA Action.”  It is free for members and includes modules for federal action, as well as state action. This APTA advocacy app will tell you who your federal and state legislators are, discuss the issues and enable a good electronic connection to your legislators. I would ask that all PTWA members download this app and engage with your legislators on health care issues that affect your patients, your businesses and our state. Your activism and leadership does help!

I know summer has just begun but I want you to start thinking about participating in the 2017 PTWA Conference, which will take place in the fall.  We have excellent speakers and opportunities for you to network and interact with your peers. Please make plans to join us!


Erik Moen, PT
PTWA President