Your Northeast District officers have been busy over the last few weeks helping to advocate for our profession. We started off with a National Advocacy Dinner on March 22 hosted by UOP PT students and sponsored by our Northeast District. Matthew Downey, Lauren Leporini and I acted as panelists. It was a great panel Q & A session that encouraged participation regarding PT advocacy. There was good discussion and I was excited to see students so interested and passionate about advocacy.
And then on March 25th the Northeast District sponsored an evening with Assembly member Dr. Jim Wood of California Assembly District 2 at a pre-legislative day District meeting. That was just in time for PT Legislative Day at the Capitol where our very own Northeast District Chairperson, Ruth LeBlanc, gave opening remarks and welcomed PT professionals from all over the state to our District. It was a great day with over 200 physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, and students learning about interacting with legislators and their staff members. Our goal was to walk the halls of the capitol building and deliver our message regarding SB 537 (regarding third party payers in the Worker’s Compensation arena) and AB 1592 (regarding athletic training) to every legislator’s office. And I think we came close! If you didn’t get a chance to join us, plan on it for next spring. It’s inspiring to see so many of us working towards educating legislators about physical therapy and helping to protect our profession.
Northeast District, Advocacy Chair