Master of Science in Health Informatics – Medical University of South Carolina

The Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC would like to introduce its newest program: Master of Science in Health Informatics. This 4-semester, 36-hour program is an online format for working professionals. We are now accepting applications for the Fall 2015 start of the program. For further details click here.

UTHSC Survey

Practitioners: You are being asked to participate in a research study being conducted by Master of Occupational Therapy students at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. The purpose of the study is to identify barriers to inclusion of informal caregivers in the process of occupational therapy. The quantitative survey consists of twenty questions which should take no more than 5-10 minutes to complete. There are no risks to taking this survey. Information obtained by this survey will be used to understand the barriers and facilitate methods to inclusion of informal caregivers in the process of occupational therapy. Click here to take the survey.

Governor Haslam Proposes Medicaid Expansion

On January 8, 2015, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam issued a Proclamation calling the legislature into an Extraordinary Session which will focus solely on his proposal to expand the Medicaid program to cover an estimated 200,000 Tennesseans who do not have health insurance. This special session will begin on February 3 and continue until the legislature makes a decision to accept or reject the Governor’s plan. TNOTA Lobbyist John Williams has more about the potential impact of this decision here.

Existing Roles of OTs in Transition Planning in the Middle and High School Levels for Students Diagnosed with ASD

Are you an OT or OTA that currently works in the school system? Please click on this link to complete a survey investigating the current involvement of occupational therapy practitioners in transition planning for students with ASD!

Role of OT in ASD Treatment – Research Survey

Are you an OT or OTA who works with children who have an autism spectrum disorder or within the autism practice community? Please visit the following link:

What’s up with Obamacare?

TNOTA Lobbyist John Williams has written a follow up article to last year’s series on the Affordable Care Act. This latest article details the new developments to the ACA as they relate to Occupational Therapists. Read it here.

Masters Student Survey Request

Masters Studen Kierstin Hamlin is conducting a survey about current attitudes and beliefs held by occupational therapy practitioners regarding sexual education and sexual rehabilitation. You can take it here.

Scholarship Opportunity for West District

The West Tennessee Home Builders Association (WESTTNHBA) through the generosity of the Plough Foundation is offering scholarships to Occupational Therapists and other health care related professionals in order to assist them with obtaining Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS) designation. Click here for more information.

Legislative Wrap Up for 2014

Tnota’s lobbyist, John Williams, has put together a report detailing the legislation passed in 2014 that affects OT’s. Click here to read it.

Obamacare: The Employer’s Responsibilities

John Williams’ latest article about the Affordable Care Act discusses the insurance responsibilities that will be required of small employers as well as large employers. Click here to read it.

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2015 Legislative Wrap-Up

CLICK HERE to view the 2015 Legislative Wrap-Up for TNOTA.




Tennessee Falls Prevention Survey

The Tennessee Falls Prevention Coalition is asking for your assistance in determining existing policies and programs aimed at reducing the incidence of falls among older adults. This survey will provide us with information on what Tennessee agencies, organizations, and providers are currently doing to support fall prevention. The data will be used to create an Action Plan for Tennessee for Fall Prevention for Older Adults.

Please take time today to visit the following link to complete the short survey: CLICK HERE

If you have questions about the survey or would like more information about the Tennessee Falls Prevention Coalition, feel free to contact Terrence Love at

Thanks for all you do to prevent or treat injury in Tennessee!


East District TOTA Meeting


June 26th is TNOTA Night at the Nashville Sounds



Join TNOTA and the Nashville Sounds on June 26th for Fireworks Night.  All fans in attendance will get a Sounds replica HomePlate (while supplies last) and attend the fireworks show after the game.

Gametime is 7:05, bring your friends and family, but make sure to invite your OT colleagues as well!


Mid-District Planning Meeting

TNOTA Middle District Members,

Please join us for an informal meeting on April 30th, at Mad Platter Restaurant, located at 1239 6th Ave. N, Nashville, TN, 37208.

We will discuss AOTA Conference, setup a schedule for future Mid-District Meetings, and discuss guest speaker ideas.

Hope to see you there!
David McGuirre
TNOTA Middle District Chair