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News from Member Organisations September 2023 - United States of America

Post-Dobbs Task Force Report, August 2023

In December 2022, AOTA President Alyson Stover and Representative Assembly Speaker Michael Urban created a task force to identify potential concerns affecting occupational therapy after the US Supreme Court’s decision in “Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization”. In it’s August 2023 report, 5 priority areas were identified: reproductive health promotion, perinatal health, pelvic health, family planning and sexual health, and helping occupational therapy practitioners navigate an ever-changing landscape—and as they pertain to these topics—mental health, parenting support, and advocacy for health equity to strengthen and support quality occupational therapy practice. They also developed a series of recommendations to support occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants in four key areas of education/professional development, practice, advocacy/policy, and research.

For more information: https://www.aota.org/about/for-the-media/aota-releases-post-dobbs-task-force-report

Adoption of motions related to Sustainability and Climate Change by the AOTA Representative Assembly, Spring 2023

Three motions were approved at the Spring 2023 meeting of the AOTA Representative Assembly: 1) Establishing a Work Group on Sustainability and Climate Change in Occupational Therapy Education, 2) Developing a Societal Statement on Sustainability and Climate Change to address the intersection of health care, climate change, and sustainability in its support of occupational justice, and 3) Design of a Strategic Implementation Plan for Sustainability Recommendations determined to be feasible by the AOTA Board of Directors.

Ongoing development of resources, assessment tools and learning modules related to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI)

For more information about the AOTA DEI Toolkit Visit: https://www.aota.org/About-OccupationalTherapy/diversity.aspx

For more information about the DEI Learning Modules:


Save the date for AOTA INSPIRE 2024 Annual Conference & Expo in Orlando, Florida, March 21-23, 2024.