Location: Indiana, United States

I became a Professor Emeritus after serving 29 years as a recreational therapy faculty member at Indiana University. I'm a long-time Hoosier, having grown up in Hanover, Indiana. My RT practitioner work was in psych/mental health. After completing my Ph.D. at the University of Illinois, my first faculty position was at the University of North Texas. RT has been a wonderful profession for me as I have had the opportunity to serve as an author and national leader.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Allied Health Education Summit

The Health Professions Network (HPN)will sponsor "Educating the Allied Health Workforce in the 21st Century," in Chicago, May 19 - 20, 2010. This allied health education summit will help set the agenda for curricula in allied health in coming years.

In corresponding with the ATRA president, Missy, I discovered that ATRA currently is not planning to send a representative to the allied health education summit due to costs involved. To me, this is a shortsighted decision.

In the early years of the profession, if there was a lack of financial resources for someone to attend a critical meeting, our national organization would find an individual whose agency or university would help support their travel -- or an individual from the area (in this case, Chicago) would attend on behalf of the profession.

I would encourage ATRA leaders to reconsider their decision. If finances are lacking, then seek alternative strategies such as those mentioned above.

It is critical that today's leaders step forward to show leadership just as their predecessors have in the past.


Blogger Danny Pettry said...

Sure we have several ATRA members in the Chicago area. would be willing to help with the cost. always want a RT to be at the table for these events.

8:48 PM  
Blogger Kelly Parker said...

You make it sound so easy, like the ATRA board isn't working and sacrificing for the profession.

If you had productive intentions, your post would have simply been to encourage RTs in the Chicago area attend the summit. But instead you've attempted to discredit the very people who have accepted the call to be volunteer leaders of our association.

I don't know how your conversation with Missy unfolded, but it seems to me with this post and your previous post you've intentionally gone off topic to throw the board under the bus.

This dialogue is very UNPRODUCTIVE during a time which the association needs all hands on deck.

10:31 AM  

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