POABC President’s Report May 2021
As summer spring comes to a close and summer is upon us, I wanted to take the opportunity to remind you of your resiliency and compassion. These are just a couple qualities that have assisted you, us, the profession and our patients through what has been a difficult year. No matter your situation, the strength that is seen in POABC Members is one of toughest to break. Please give yourselves a pat on the back!
Read on for a few updates since January 2021.
Through the beginning of the new year, POABC, was active in advocating to all health authorities, BC CDC and BC government Covid 19 Information Centre to ensure that P&O professionals were not left behind in the early Covid -19 vaccination process.
This was a difficult task as much of the early immunization program was led by individual health authorities which left little continuity. With the help of the Membership providing information from their own jurisdictions and additional information that was provided by the above-mentioned contacts, the hope is that those with interest in receiving this vaccine were able to find an opportunity.
With Covid- 19 still present in all regions of BC, vigilance is key and any Covid specific ideas or concerns are welcome on the POABC website forum.
Government Relations Lobbying Efforts
The Bluestone Government Relations group, including Mark Jiles and Rob Nagai, have assisted in setting up many meetings with Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLA’s) from different lower mainland regions. Regions include Chilliwack, Langley and North Vancouver. POABC educated and voiced concerns to these MLA’s including funding cliffs from child to adult orthotic funding, Pharmacare funding barriers such as the deductibles and limitations in the Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction (MSDPR) for orthotic coverage. Please see PPPR Committee webpage for further details and regular updates.
Please visit the Committee webpages once you login to your Member profiles on the POABC website. These webpages are updated often when there is information to share with the Membership. A couple highlights include:
-Advocacy Committee has developed and released a newsletter to engage public partnerships and other related advocacy groups. By beginning to build these relationships, POABC hopes to use these opportunities for other collaborative projects.
-Leadership Committee has begun the process of developing a strategic plan for the Association. The previous strategic plan was compiled in 2015 and is set to expire Summer 2021. Please keep an eye on your emails for Membership participation in this process. Any and all ideas are welcome so POABC can continue to be a voice for the general Membership.
-Public and Private Partner Relations (PPPR) Committee is in the midst of the initial negotiations with WorkSafeBC for the prosthetic contract that is set to expire in early 2022. As well as establishing a relationship with MSDPR (through Bluestone) to bring forth the orthotic fee guide and other concerns.
-Finance Committee remains diligent on balancing our books to ensure the resources to complete the above projects is available. This is a friendly reminder that general Membership dues will be increasing for the next fiscal year beginning on July 1st, 2021.
Our association is full of passionate volunteers that continue to give their time, expertise and opinions to better serve the P&O community. If you feel so inclined, please consider contributing in any way possible so your voice is heard! Contribution is not limited to volunteerism, but also includes survey participation, meeting attendance when invited, forum postings, emails to Committee Chairs and the Board.
Amber Major, MSc, CO(c)