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Review of our June 2014 Fly-in

The Return on Investment with Rehabilitation Research:
Summary of the Research Fly-In and Congressional Briefing June 23-25, 2014

Physical therapy researchers returned to Capitol Hill June 24-25 to advocate on behalf of rehabilitation research funding, and to press for passage of a Senate bill that would better coordinate these efforts within the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Coordinated by APTA and sponsored by the Section on Research, the "fly-in" involved 10 researchers from 10 states who met with staff of the House and Senate appropriations committees and their individual members of Congress to talk about the value of rehabilitation research. The researchers also urged passage of the Rehabilitation Improvement Act (S 1027), a Senate bill introduced by Sens Mark Kirk (R-IL) and Tim Johnson (D-SD), that calls for a working group comprising various NIH institutes and centers to update and streamline NIH's rehabilitation research priorities.

Some of the highlights and talking points included:

  • 15% of society globally and 13-14% of citizens in the United States are impacted by disability
  • Physical Therapists play a critical role in treating this population.
  • Physical Therapists conduct rehabilitation research that makes a difference in the lives of individuals with impairments, functional limitations and disability.
  • NIH plays a significant role in supporting the next generation of innovators, young and talented PT researchers and scientists who will be responsible for the innovations of tomorrow.
  • In 2011, according to a report released by United for Medical Research NIH funded 432,000 jobs in the United States and enabled 13 states to experience job growth of more than 10,000 jobs and generated more than $62 billion in new economic vitality

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