Competition inspires grassroots advocacy at state and federal levels
Students from the University of Colorado Physical Therapy (PT) Program in the School of Medicine are this year’s recipients of the Physical Therapy Association Student Advocacy Challenge Award for the second consecutive year. This award was designed to inspire PT and PTA students to get involved in advocacy on the state and federal levels.
“Students from academic programs across the country can compete by participating in Advocacy Activities, documenting their experience, and submitting the records to American Physical Therapy Association’s Grassroots Advocacy Department,” explained Mary Jane Rapport, PT, DPT, PhD; assistant director, Physical Therapy Program.
Scores are given for specific legislative and advocacy-related activities and involvement of the student body. The winning academic program is honored with the opportunity to select an individual from APTA staff or the APTA BOD to speak at their school.
“This really is a student-driven effort,” said Rapport. “The award was ‘earned’ through the work a many current second- and third-year students in the PT Program. The current third-year students are now out on their final clinicals and no longer on campus.”