As we enter this upcoming holiday season it is a great time to look back and reflect on the accomplishments and challenges that we faced, but at the same time, look ahead to all the exciting things to come. I encourage you to take a moment and reflect on your personal accomplishments, and celebrate them, however big or small they may have been.
2020 had some unique challenges for our association. Cancellation of our Annual Business Meeting and Symposium, freezing of all non-essential expenses, and a slowdown in our legislative efforts for our practice act to name a few. With these challenges, we are continuing to look ahead at the exciting things we are working on; the 2021 elections, reviewing our strategic plan, planning a golf outing, our Young Professionals committee working with our Leadership committee on new programming, and restructuring our Finance committee. Although the majority of this work is behind the scenes to our general membership, please know that we are working hard to keep our association moving forward.
As we wrap up our national elections, we have an opportunity to participate in our 2021 board of director elections. This year the following positions are open for election: Vice President, Treasurer, Northeast Regional Representative, and the Southwest Regional Representative. If you are interested in becoming involved with the board of directors, please click on the link and complete the application process. You will need a letter of intent for the position along with your current resume. If you have questions regarding a specific position, I encourage you to reach out to that board member to gain knowledge regarding that position.
With 2020 coming to a close, I want to thank you for the opportunity to serve you, the members. I look forward to the new year and all the opportunities it brings.
Until next time,
Update from Continuing Education Committee
The Wisconsin Athletic Trainers Associations Annual Spring Symposium will be held virtually this year on April 8th and 9th. The Continuing Education Committee is working on getting 10 EBPs available. The CEC is in the planning process right now and getting the speakers confirmed to be able to send the presentations into the BOC for approval. Each day will consist of 5 sessions with a lunch break. More information to come at the beginning of 2021.
The WATA Golf Outing is back! In 2021 the WATA will be holding a golf outing at The Oaks Golf Course in Cottage Grove, WI on Thursday, July 29th. This will be a 9am shotgun and all proceeds will go to scholarships and grants. Please see more information below to either sponsor the event or to participate!
Board of Directors Election
Application for board of directors election is now open! Election for the 2021 open board positions include Vice President, Treasurer, Northeast Regional Representative and Southwest Regional Representative. The applications wil be collected now through January 2021. Please submit your application by clicking the button below
Any additional questions please contact Heidi Gutschow, [email protected]
WATA Scholarship Application Now Open
The WATA Awards & Scholarship Committee is now accepting applications for the following WATA Scholarships:
Jeff Oliphant Post-Graduate Scholarship (1) $1,000
Please go to the WATA Website at www.watainc.org and click the Student Resources tab. You will find all scholarship criteria and applications. Please be sure to read all criteria prior to submitting your application.
Deadline for scholarship application is March 1, 2021
If you have any questions, please contact Anna Linstedt, Awards & Scholarship Committee Chair at [email protected]
WATA Awards & Scholarship Committee Now Accepting Nominations for Awards
The Awards & Scholarship Committee is now accepting nominations for the following WATA Awards:
Hall of Fame
We know that there are members of our association who have worked tireless during the challenges of 2020 to assist our association and also to teach our students through the pandemic. If you know a member who is deserving recognition for their efforts, please go to the WATA Website at www.watainc.org and click on Awards and Scholarships tab. You will find the nominating criteria. Awards deadline is March 1st, prior to the WATA Meeting. If you have any questions, please contact Anna Linstedt, Awards & Scholarship Committee Chair at [email protected]
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Governmental Affairs Update
The Legislature returns for the 2021-22 Legislative session on Monday, January 4th, 2021. Republicans held control of both Houses in the November election, while Governor Evers and other state constitutional officers were not up for election this year. Republicans will begin the session with a 60-38 majority in the State Assembly, with one vacancy, following the resignation of one of their members last week. In the State Senate, Republicans will hold a 20-12 advantage, again with one vacancy, as Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald will need to resign his seat after winning a Congressional seat. Both vacancies will be filled in a Special Election next Spring.
Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Burlington). was elected by his caucus to once again lead his chamber. Senator Devin LeMahieu (R-Ootsburg) was chosen by his caucus to be the next Senate Majority Leader. Representative Gordon Hintz (D-Oshkosh) will serve as the Assembly Minority Leader, while Senator Janet Belwey (D-Mason) will serve as the Senate Minority Leader.
The legislative priority for WATA this session will again be updating our practice Act. We have identified potential authors of the bill, and are working to get them information regarding payor cost outcomes for AT delivered care as compared to the care provided by other providers. While the Legislative process has been slower than many of us may wish, we have been able to work through these Legislative leaders to open additional dialogue with insurers regarding recognition and reimbursement under their plans.
The legislation we seek to bring will have 2 components. The first will prevent insurers from refusing to reimburse ATs for services they provide if the insurer already covers the service if performed by another provider. The second will remove the requirement that ATs have a consulting physician approve our Evaluation and Treatment Protocol. We will be reaching out to the membership in more detail once the Legislation is ready to be introduced to ask you to help inform your legislators about the importance of this bill.
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WATA is looking for Committee Volunteers
Looking to Connect, Share, and Grow with WATA? Getting involved on one of the committees is a great way to do that plus give back a little in support of the organization. The time commitment is minimal but the reward is tremendous so let us know how we can get you connected!
Thank You to Our Annual Sponsors
It is an understatement to say that we are living in unprecedented times. ATs are facing tough challenges on a scale greater than many have experienced in their lifetime. As I speak with members throughout the country, I’m reminded of how incredibly resilient we are, how we are natural problem solvers and are willing to go above and beyond for the health and well-being of those in our care. The tireless response to this crisis by members across the globe makes me so very proud to be an athletic trainer.
This year's NATM theme “ATs Impact Health Care Through Action” has never been more applicable than now, during the COVID-19 pandemic. Hospitals across the country are stressed and demand for more beds, added medical facilities and staffing is at an all-time high. We can help.
Global recommendations and efforts to contain the virus inadvertently leave the country with thousands of available qualified athletic trainers who are educated, trained and willing to help through this unprecedented time.
NATA and Go4Ellis, a mobile per-diem job platform, have joined forces to connect thousands of athletic trainers with understaffed hospitals and health care organizations throughout the United States during the COVID-19 pandemic. The portal was originally designed to provide sporting/local events with appropriate health care for youth athletes; however, in light of the current health care needs, it has been modified to support hospital systems and health care organizations in need of COVID-19 support.
As athletic trainers, we are skilled in the full continuum of care, from prevention and diagnosis to rehabilittion. We work alongside physicians in a host of industries – sports, higher education, military, clinical, occupational health, performing arts and public service. Our skills are not based on any specific industry, but rather an understanding of health care. Many of our members have already joined their peers in the clinical setting to support with testing, transport and documentation. We are proud to have a partner in Go4Ellis that quickly and easily connects those in need of help with athletic trainers who are ready to serve.
Tory Lindley, NATA President