Dear APHOTA Members,
Greetings from the Steering Committee!
The 25th Annual Meeting of APHOTA was held April 4, 2019 at 11.30 AM at the New Orleans Marriott. Eleven members representing a variety of Asian-Pacific countries were in attendance.
APHOTA EC Meetings
After the resumption of APHOTA in 2018 the Steering Committee members, Committee Chairs, and Country Liaisons met virtually on a monthly basis. After the Annual Meeting in New Orelans, two virtual meetings were held.
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- APHOTA sent a letter to AIOTA extending support and assistance toward the Allied and Healthcare Professions Bill 2018, which is yet to be passed a law. The letter was duly acknowledged by the AIOTA leadership.
- Taesun Kang (Taz), OTR/L and Dr. Seung Woo, OTD, OTR/L were appointed as liaisons for Korea.
- Dr. Susan Hermes, OTD, OTR/L, BCP was appointed as a liaison for Australia & New Zealand.
- Dr. Karthik Mani delivered a guest lecture on 'Occupational Therapy in India' to the entry-level MOT students at the Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences, Mary Baldwin University, VA on July 17, 2019.
- The Allied Health Workforce or HR 3637 was recently passed by the House subcommittee and committee and will be presented for a full house vote soon. This bill will authorize $5 million a year ( for 5 years) to create more recruitment opportunities for ethnic/ racial minorities and people with disabilities into the professions of OT, PT, Audiology and Speech-language Pathology. For more details on the bill, click here.
- On behalf of APHOTA, Dr. Joe Wells had a phone meeting with Abraham Saffer, AOTA’s Federal Affairs Senior Legislative Representative. He thanked Mr. Saffer and AOTA for their worthy efforts that resulted in the successful introduction of this bill through a strong collaboration with the American PT Association and American Speech & Hearing Association. It is estimated that the OT workforce is currently comprised of 87% whites. The bill will boost the profession’s efforts to help make it more diverse and inclusive. APHOTA looks forward to working with AOTA and other Multicultural, Diversity and Inclusion (MDI) Groups to help recruit and create more opportunities for practitioners belonging to all sections of our population that are currently under-represented in our profession.
APHOTA represents the professional interests of occupational therapy practitioners of Asian/ Pacific heritage in the United States of America. It also aims to support the growth of the profession of occupational therapy in the Asian/Pacific region. Ask your friends to join us. Membership in all categories are currently free! Click here to learn more about membership.
To apply for or renew your membership, please complete and email the membership form to Membership Chair, Dr. Hiral Khatri at HiralOT@gmail.com. You may snail-mail the completed membership form to Membership Chair, APHOTA, 183 Peral Ave. Morgan Hill, CA 95037.
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