Hand Therapy Week
Hand Therapy Week is an integrated national program established by ASHT. Throughout the week, members of the hand therapy community sponsor and organize events and celebrations in an effort to raise awareness among various audiences, highlight the benefits of hand therapy and educate the public. Hand Therapy Week is held each year during the first full week of June.
Thank you to everyone who participated in Hand Therapy Week 2020! Be on the lookout for information on our 2021 campaign in the spring. To view all of the fun and informative initiatives from our members across the world, visit the ASHT Facebook page and search #HTW2020 on Twitter.
Looking for ideas to get involved? We've got a few!
ASHT Photo Contest
Congratulations to the winners of our 2020 Photo Contest!
First place: Alison Rose (grandma's beautiful hands)
Second place: Tracy Wilson (fabricating for thumb amputee)
Third place: Donna Goodson (granddaughter asleep in hand)
This contest is open to ASHT members only. Multiple images may be submitted. Limit one prize per person. Contest submissions become property of ASHT, and may be used in future marketing materials.
Hand Safety Videos
ASHT is excited to release a new video on carpal tunnel syndrome as part of our series highlighting hand safety and injury prevention tips.
We encourage you to share this video and the others in our series (listed below) with your patients, colleagues and social media followers to promote the specialty.
ASHT Hand Safety and Injury Prevention Video Series
- Hand safety while gardening
- Protecting your hands while using portable electronics
- Desk and workstation ergonomics
- Hand safety in the kitchen
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
In 2020, ASHT launched new daily challenges to make it even easier for you to participate in Hand Therapy Week. Have an idea for next year? Let us know!
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!
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.