SCC Student Represents State at Federal Advocacy Forum
A Somerset Community College (SCC) student was selected by the Kentucky Physical Therapy Association (KPTA) to represent the state at the American Physical Therapy Association’s (APTA) Federal Advocacy Forum in Washington, DC.
Kyongho Pak of Lexington, a second-year student in the SCC Physical Therapist Assistant Program, represented Kentucky at the forum, which was designed to open doors to future leaders within the physical therapy profession. Pak met with national lawmakers to discuss issues relevant to the physical therapy profession and to participate in advocacy activities.
Specific items discussed at the forum included: the Medicare Access to Rehabilitation Services Act and the repeal of the therapy cap for outpatient rehabilitation services; the Physical Therapist Workforce and Patient Access Act; and the growing opioid epidemic that is prevalent in Kentucky and how physical therapy can work to combat it.
Pak serves as president of his class and of SCC’s Physical Therapy Student Organization and is an active member of the APTA. He presently serves on the APTA Student Assembly Board of Directors and has participated in the program’s Pittsburgh-Marquette Challenge, a national fundraiser for physical therapy research. He has also been appointed to the SCC PTA Program’s Advisory Board and was honored with the Leadership Award at SCC’s Honors Night Program.
“It’s amazing how our voices were heard and how much of a difference it can make to show that you care about making a change,” said Pak. “Sometimes all it takes is just getting up and doing something about the things that you’re passionate about instead of just talking about it.”