PT and PTA Student ‘Flash Action' Focuses on Congress
The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), Alexandria, Va., issued an important news release on Nov. 9 related to loan repayment for new graduate physical therapists.
The release stated: "In a ‘Flash Action' effort led by students from PT and PTA education programs, supporters of legislation that would allow PTs to participate in the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) flooded Congress with more than 18,000 letters sent to Washington, DC, during an intensive 2-day drive on November 4-5.
Inclusion in the NHSC would increase access to PTs in rural and underserved areas, in part by allowing PTs to participate in the NHSC and its Student Loan Repayment Program. That program repays up to $50,000 in outstanding student loans to certain healthcare professionals who agree to work for at least two years in a designated Health Professional Shortage Area.
The campaign not only succeeded in making the voice of physical therapy heard on Capitol Hill, but also created ripples across social media. The #PTAdvocacy hashtag was used 600 times on Twitter during the days of the flash action, and the campaign's top Facebook post reached 15,826 people."
Are you interested in participating in the National Health Service Corps? What do you think about seeing this kind of PT advocacy in action?