AOTA Member Presents at Institute of Medicine Workshop on Allied Health Workforce and Services
Continuing the work to ensure occupational therapy is included in health care reform implementation, American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) members and staff recently attended an Institute of Medicine (IOM) meeting.
AOTA member Joan C. Rogers, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, participated in the panel presentation at the IOM’s Board on Health Care Services Workshop on the Allied Health Workforce and Services, held May 9–10 in Washington, DC. Dr. Roger’s presentation, titled Allied Health Professionals as Core Team Members Under Health Care Reform, covered a variety of topics including how allied health professionals are positioned to deliver both patient-centered and team-centered contributions to health care reform. Having an occupational therapist present at this meeting is an important part of AOTA’s health care reform advocacy.
Dr. Rogers is professor of Occupational Therapy, Psychiatry, and Nursing, and chairperson of the Department of Occupational Therapy at the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh. Other members of the occupational therapy community that participated in the meeting included Shaun Conway, OTR, the director of Credentialing Services of National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, Inc.; Roy A. Swift, PhD, FAOTA, Senior Director of Personnel Credentialing Accreditation Programs at the American National Standards Institute; and Chuck Willmarth, AOTA’s director of State Affairs and Reimbursement and Regulatory Policy.