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.

hand therapy week june 1-7, 2020

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.

View 2020 submissions
View 2019 submissions
View 2018 submissions
View 2017 submissions
View 2016 submissions
View 2015 submissions


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


Daily Challenges

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!


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. 

ASHT Hand Therapy Week 2020 presss release
Learn more about contacting news outlets

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