Nine members of Newman’s Occupational Therapy Student Association (NOTSA) traveled with Nancy Dahlinger, OTA Assistant professor and club advisor, to Topeka in early February to participate in the Kansas Occupational Therapy Association (KOTA) Day on the Hill. The group delivered flyers advocating for Occupational Therapy and the impact it has on citizens to legislators, attended a House session and listened to speakers from the Kansas State Board of Healing Arts, and heard Kari Bruffet, Director of Healthcare Finance. Bruffet was recently appointed by Kansas Governor Sam Brownback to oversee the state’s restructuring of Medicaid into the new KanCare program.
The event was organized by Newman alum LaDessa Forrest, ’00, OTD/L. LaDessa currently serves on the KOTA Board as chairman of the Government and Practice Affairs committee.