Kansas Athletic Trainers’ Society (KATS) Hit the Hill Campaign

KATS Hit the Hill is a legislative advocacy campaign focused on improving the health and safety of all active Kansans. The program includes letter writing, legislative appointments, legislative committee presentations, and exhibits and demonstrations in the Kansas Capitol Rotunda promoting athletic training as a healthcare profession with unique qualifications and expertise. In 2019, both the Senate and the House of Representatives passed resolutions recognizing the profession of athletic training in the state of Kansas.

Legislative activities such as these are important and serve to inform legislators, lobbyists, and other governmental staff, groups, and agencies about the role of athletic trainers and the need to enhance the health and well-being of all active Kansans.

KATS Hit the Hill 2024

KATS Hit the Hill Day for 2024 is scheduled for Wednesday January 31st, 7:30 am-2:30 pm. We need your participation!

This year our efforts are going to be focused on educating legislators on athletic training as a health care profession and how we benefit consumers (their constituents), keep healthcare costs low, and how our profession protects public safety. We encourage talk about AT's being recognized by the AMA, and licensed by the KSBHA, which also regulates physicians. Also, we'd like you to talk about the AT's education from accredited AT programs, national board certification and that most AT's have master's degrees. The 1st-floor rotunda of the Capitol is reserved exclusively for KATS and will be a key passage and informal gathering place; thus, we will be able to talk to staff members, employees, other groups' lobbyists, and even visitors to the Capitol that day. Let's fill the rotunda with AT's and AT students!

We will send more details after the first of the year, but for a list of Q&A about the day click here. If you are even somewhat interested in attending on January 31st, even for just part of the day, we need you to go to this online form (found here) and give us some information. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact KATS Governmental Affairs Chair, Shawna Jordan, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or KATS President, Justin Clark, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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