Public policy is the guideline adopted by a governing body in order to address the needs of its citizens. Public policy consists of constitutional laws, legislative acts and judicial decisions from which regulatory measures and funding priorities are determined. ASHT recognizes through its mission, vision statement and strategic goals the responsibility of hand rehabilitation professionals to support the profession and the public through active involvement in advocating for and responding to public policy initiatives as guided by the Advocacy Committee of the Practice Division.
The Advocacy Committee tracks federal and state legislation in order to identify initiatives potentially impacting the practice of hand rehabilitation. This committee provides member communication regarding targeted legislation and advocacy guidance and opportunities for ASHT members. The Advocacy Committee acts to support hand therapists, assists in empowering therapists and promotes making our voices heard.