Hand Therapy Week

Hand Therapy Week is an integrated national program established by ASHT. Throughout the week, members of the hand and upper extremity therapy community sponsor and organize events and celebrations in an effort to raise awareness among various audiences, highlight the benefits of the specialty and educate the public. Hand Therapy Week is held each year during the first full week of June (beginning on a Monday).

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It's time to celebrate Hand Therapy Week 2021! To view all of the fun and informative initiatives from our members across the world, visit the ASHT Facebook page and search #HTW2021 on Twitter.

Looking for ideas to get involved? We've got a few!


ASHT Photo Contest

Be sure to cast your vote for the ASHT Photo Contest on ASHT's Facebook page by "liking" your favorite images!

The top three photos will receive ASHT prizes, and thanks to this year's sponsor, Naked Prosthetics, the top-three images will receive a wine gift basket (white or red).

Note: This contest is open to ASHT members only. Multiple images may be submitted. Limit one prize per person. Winner will be contacted to select gift basket of choice. (If the winner does not want wine, they will receive a gift basket of equal value.) Contest submissions become property of ASHT, and may be used in future marketing materials.

View 2020 submissions
View 2019 submissions
View 2018 submissions


Hand Safety Videos

ASHT is excited to release a new video on telehealth as part of our hand and upper extremity safety and injury prevention series. 

With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, telehealth has become more prevalent as a way to obtain treatment safely from your home. ASHT has created this video to address questions about telehealth and to highlight how telehealth can be an effective method to achieve hand and upper extremity rehabilitation goals.

We encourage you to share this video and the others in our series with your patients, colleagues and social media followers to promote the specialty.

ASHT Hand Safety and Injury Prevention Video Series


Daily Challenges

ASHT has created new daily challenges to make it even easier for you to participate in Hand Therapy Week. Don't forget to tag ASHT in your posts and use #HTW2021, and we'll feature you on ASHT's website and social media channels! 

  • Monday (6/7): "Tell me you're a hand therapist without telling me you're a hand therapist" (e.g. photos of your desk, hand-themed items, art, accessories, etc.)
     
  • Tuesday (6/8): Participate in AHTF's Virtual Run/Walk (details below) — show off your spirit with selfies in your running gear, photos of your run/walk crew, etc.
     
  • Wednesday (6/9): Show the world how hand therapists treat more than just the hand with a post highlighting upper extremity rehabilitation. 
     
  • Thursday (6/10): Students — it's your time to shine! Post photos/stories of how your education connects to hand and upper extremity therapy, e.g. UE-related labs, study groups, flash cards, your university's support of hand and upper extremity therapy, etc.   
     
  • Friday (6/11): Blindfolded fabrication challenge — We are a specialty with a unique skill set. Have you ever said, "I can do that blindfolded!"? Prove it! Show us the final product or video the process of (safely) performing any hand/UE therapy skills on a colleague, but without your eyes. This could be anything from MMT, orthosis fabrication, palpation of prominences or provocative testing of the arm of standardized tests. 

AHTF Virtual Run/Walk — Join Team ASHT!

Participate in the American Hand Therapy Foundation's 6th Annual Virtual Run/Walk! Complete a 5K run/walk by the end of Hand Therapy Week and support AHTF's research and education grants.

This year, AHTF encourages you to create teams, and will provide special recognition to teams with the most participants, greatest spirit and greatest amount raised!

To join Team ASHT:
View the signup tipsheet

  • Visit the event site and click the green "Tickets" button
  • Select "As a group member" and press the "Get Tickets" button
  • Type "TeamASHT" (no spaces) into the box and use "TeamASHT2021" as the password
  • Select the number of registrations, add an optional donation and click "Checkout"
  • Enter your contact and payment information on the next page and click "Place Order"

View email invitation template


NEW: Facebook Photo Frame

Show your Hand Therapy Week spirit by adding our custom Facebook frame to your profile! 

The frame will be available June 4-13, 2021. To use, go to your Facebook profile, click "Edit" on your profile photo and select "Add Frame." Search "Hand Therapy Week 2021" and select "Use as Profile Picture." You can also use this link


Celebrate and Win!

Do you have an event or project planned to promote the hand and upper extremity therapy specialty? Send a photo, video, link or description of your 2021 Hand Therapy Week celebrations to ASHT@asht.org, and you'll be entered to win ASHT prizes, as well as a wine gift basket (white or red) from our sponsor, Naked Prosthetics.

Participants and their submissions will be acknowledged on the ASHT website and social media channels. Contest submissions are due June 25, 2021.

Note: This contest is open to ASHT members only. Multiple images may be submitted. Limit one prize per person. Winner will be contacted to select gift basket of choice. (If the winner does not want wine, they will receive a gift basket of equal value.) Contest submissions become property of ASHT, and may be used in future marketing materials.


Resources

Marketing Resources 

Choose from three flyers to use in your clinic as educational resources or distribute to your referral sources. The flyers for surgeons and primary care physicians provide space where you can add contact information for your practice via label, sticker, stamp, etc., and can be used all year round!

Flyer for Surgeons
Flyer for Primary Care Physicians
Generic Flyer

WATCH: ASHT Past President Heidi Hermann Wright discusses how you can use these flyers to promote hand therapy


Patient Education Resources

Utilize our vast library of Patient Education Resources, which provide information on common diagnoses and the role a hand therapist plays in treatment. Based on member requests, we've begun releasing Spanish translations of our most popular resources. Please check back for new resources and more translations soon!


Share Your Story

Hand therapy can change lives, and who better to share the importance and impact of hand therapy than our patients? 

During Hand Therapy Week -- and throughout the year -- encourage your outstanding patients to submit a testimonial about the impact hand therapy had on their lives. Visit our Patient Testimonials page, and access the patient and therapist webforms at the bottom of the page to submit your success stories!

Note: You will be asked to upload documentation of your patient’s consent using this form. Your story may be featured on our website or in upcoming campaigns.


Get the Word Out

Write a Press Release

Create effective Hand Therapy Week buzz in your local media by sharing your personal success, patient accomplishments and news with the public through targeted media outreach. ASHT's Marketing Toolbook will help you develop a press release and strategically contact media to announce your organization's plans to celebrate Hand Therapy Week, or use ASHT's press release below.

Learn more about contacting news outlets
Hand Therapy Week 2021 press release

Contact Your Local Government

Spread the word about hand therapy by writing a letter to your local Chamber of Commerce (sample) or requesting a state proclamation (sample).

Celebrate

Hand Therapy Week ideas


About Our Sponsor

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