WNE Students and Faculty Engage in AOTA’s Hill Day in Washington, D.C.

Students and faculty from Western New England University (WNE) recently participated in the American Occupational Therapy Association’s (AOTA) Hill Day event in the nation’s capital.

The WNE delegation brought their passion and expertise, actively participating in discussions, meetings, and advocacy efforts. They joined their voices with others in the field to emphasize the importance of occupational therapy and its role in improving the lives of countless individuals.

Chelsea Monpas, a Doctor of Occupational Therapy student at WNE, expressed, “Attending AOTA’s Hill Day in Washington, D.C. was such an amazing experience. Having the opportunity to speak with legislators about the importance of occupational therapy and expanding healthcare access was one of the most impactful experiences I have ever had.”

Chair and Program Director of WNE’s Occupational Therapy Department Brittany Adams expressed her enthusiasm for AOTA’s Capitol Hill Day, saying, “AOTA’s Capitol Hill Day is one of my favorite events each year. We strongly encourage our students to attend because it is such a unique opportunity for them to use their passion for the profession of occupational therapy to learn about the U.S. legislative process, embrace the power of advocacy, and feel empowered about making a positive difference. I am so proud of the students who voluntarily attend each year.”

One of the highlights of their journey was meeting with Rep. Richard Neal, a prominent figure in Massachusetts politics. Congressman Neal welcomed the WNE delegation, stating, “I am a strong supporter and advocate for OT. As my generation of baby boomers is getting older, we will need OT services more and more.”