SCC PTA Students Attend Federal Advocacy Forum
Students currently enrolled in studies in the Somerset Community College Physical Therapist Assistant Program were recently selected to represent Kentucky at the Federal Advocacy Forum in Washington, DC. Kyongho Pak of Lexington and Molly Dalton of Richmond attended the Forum, designed to open doors to future leaders within the physical therapy profession. The students met with legislative aides to discuss issues relevant to the physical therapy profession and to participate in advocacy activities.
Specific items discussed at the Forum were: the Prosper Act and its implications to student financial aid; the CONNECT for Health Act and its implications for telehealth; the Sports Medicine Licensure Clarity Act; and the growing opioid epidemic that is prevalent in Kentucky and how physical therapy can work to combat it.
Both Pak and Dalton are recognized as leaders in their programs, at SCC and within the physical therapy profession. Both have served as presidents of SCC’s Physical Therapy Student Organization and have received SCC’s top student leadership award at SCC’s annual Honors Night program. Additionally, both have been elected to serve nationally on the APTA Board of Directors as Directors for PTA Student Relations. Pak is scheduled to graduate in 2018; Dalton, in 2019.
“It is so important for students to be involved, especially when decisions are being made that will affect our professions. It is important that we are involved early and that our voices are heard.”