IPTA’s Federal Key Contacts influence the policy process at the federal level by developing relationships with elected officials.
IPTA Key Contacts influence the policy process at the federal level by developing relationships with elected officials. By meeting and making contacts with your elected officials in several ways, you can achieve true conversations about issues important to the physical therapy profession, and become a trusted advisor when bills are drafted or considered.
Your Role as a Federal Key Contact
As a busy professional, you may not have much time to devote to policy work. Fortunately, being a Key Contact needn’t be a burden. Essentially, we’re asking you to:
- Establish and maintain a relationship with members of Congress and their staff.
- Provide information on critical physical therapy issues to members of Congress.
- Develop a network of physical therapists that live in the state/congressional district who will write letters or make telephone calls to legislators in support of APTA's public policy priorities.
Remember that you are a representative of the APTA in interactions with legislators and that personal opinions in opposition to the APTA's position should never be expressed in these interactions.
You can do a great service to the cause by telling colleagues about the opportunity to advocate on behalf of physical therapy. Your efforts to recruit fellow Advocates and Key Contacts can help us reach the goal of ensuring that we are represented in every congressional district.
Qualifications: Must be an IPTA PT, Retired PT, or Life PT, PTA, Retired PT or Life PTA member in good standing. Many of your assignments will be time sensitive; it is important to be organized and able to meet deadlines.
Training and Support: The Chapter office provides annual volunteer orientation as well as ongoing administrative and clerical support for the committee. Access to resource documents and information is available through www.IPTA.org.