ASHT Practice Division: What's it All About?

Posted by Danielle Sparks, DHS, MOT, OTR, CHT 02/08/2021

The ASHT Practice Division works to advocate for the profession of hand and upper extremity therapy through active monitoring and involvement of legislative issues and member education of policies & legislation. Legislative and regulatory issues impact our practice and determine what care we can deliver to patients, as well as what is reimbursed. We participate in many vital regulatory matters that affect hand therapists. Through collaboration with our legislative consultant team, the Practice Division works to better educate our representatives, in particular when issues arise that impact hand therapists. 

Having great volunteers in our division helps strengthen our organization and our profession. Volunteering might be a way of giving back, but it also makes you a better leader, improves your skills and makes you a better communicator. Volunteering with ASHT in the Practice Division, I have found passionate and dedicated individuals working hard to promote and protect hand therapy and educate ASHT members on important topics.

If you would like to volunteer or simply improve your skills and understanding on legislative and practice issues, we welcome you to join us. We are currently seeking Federal and State Representative Committee members and state liaisons. We have a goal to have a representative from each state to keep an eye and ear out for state level policy changes and issues that may affect hand therapists. The state liaison role is a great way to be introduced to the committee without a large time commitment. As a committee member, you will actively contribute toward meaningful tasks that impact legislation affecting our profession.

To learn more about these roles, visit our Volunteer Portal. You can apply for any of these opportunities directly through the portal.

We look forward to having you on the division, so we can make a difference together!