Barbara A. Rider Colloquium

Barbara A. Rider Colloquium

About the 2014 Keynote:

Photo of Christina A Metzler.

Christina A. Metzler
Chief Public Affairs Officer, Public Affairs Division, The American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc. and
Treasurer, American Occupational Therapy Political Action Committee

Christina Metzler is the Chief Public Affairs Officer for AOTA. In this position she directs the Federal, State and Regulatory Policy Departments. Previously Ms Metzler was Director of Federal Affairs for AOTA and has been at AOTA for twenty years.  She has worked for national associations in Washington in health care, disability policy and long term services issues for over 25 years.   

In her current position, she is the chief lobbyist for AOTA and also runs the other government and external activities. Ms. Metzler directs these activities and the grassroots program which supports advocacy on the part of occupational therapy practitioners. She is the editor of the Health Policy Perspectives column in the American Journal of Occupational Therapy. She is also responsible for the AOTPAC, the political arm of the profession, raising funds and disbursing them to candidates for the House and the Senate who support occupational therapy.


Occupational Therapy Department
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