By Susan N. Hanrahan, ASAHP President
I am not sure we had a spring or fall in the Mid-South because we went from winter to summer and now have gone from summer to winter. Climate change has seemed to eliminate two of my favorite seasons. Good grief!
Want to thank everyone who attended our Annual Conference in St Pete. We had some great speakers (plenary, poster and platform), beautiful venue (despite the high humidity during the storm) and good celebrations. Our evaluation feedback supported that. We were also given some ideas for our Charleston conference next year (Oct 16 -18) and planning has already begun.
A couple of things I want to share. We are working to enhance our website so that information on committees and task forces is more robust and that links to our Regional Deans groups are available. Even though the deans groups are not “officially” part of ASAHP, they are an avenue for deans across the US to get together outside of our annual conference to discuss and brainstorm on items of mutual interest.
Our International Task Force has completed some preliminary work in better understanding the need for health workers (predominately rehab) internationally and a desire for education and certification for those individuals. Originally it seemed that a “country by country” approach would be needed but the committee has opted for an ‘economies of scale’ model. We have put together a small group to establish the process for standard setting and to use this conceptual framework to develop a set of standards that defines the expected competencies of a rehab health worker.
Once complete, they can be sent globally for peer review. Individual countries can choose to adopt these standards for certification of their rehab health workers. That will be part one. We are partnering, and have entered into a non-disclosure agreement, with the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) who knows all about process. Rich Oliver (ASAHP) and Julia Dutka (CGFNS) will be co-chairing the group along with ASAHP members Fevzi Akinci, Duquesne University, Katherine Beissner, SUNY Upstate, and David Henzi, UT San Antonio. This is a substantive first step.
One of our most valued assets in the Association is the Journal of Allied Health. We have formed a task force led by Greg Frazer, University of South Alabama, with members Jon Williamson, UT Southwestern, and Bonnie Van Lunen, Old Dominion University, to look at the journal itself for new opportunities while keeping in the back of their minds, succession planning. Our current Editor, Tom Elwood, has been so vital to our operations for so many years. We rely on him heavily and often forget about doing specific planning around the journal itself. If you have thoughts about the journal, please share those with Greg or myself.
Lastly, the Board has selected Phyllis King, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee as its President-Elect for 2019. Phyllis most recently led the Leadership Development Program for ASAHP, currently serves on the Board of Directors and has been an active member of ASAHP for many years. I look forward to my continued work with Phyllis. Many more things to share but please know that if you have ideas about the Association or want us to put you to work, let me know at email@example.com. Happy ALL holidays between now and next year!!!
Susan Hanrahan, President
More Articles from TRENDS November 2018
HEALTH SILO DISRUPTION AND ERADICATION
Various intramural and extramural factors are identified that serve as artificial boundaries impeding the effective delivery of health care services. Read More
ELECTION RESULTS TO PONDER
The recent mid-term election in November 2018 produced results that suggest health policy initiatives that will be pursued at both federal and state levels. Read More
HEALTH REFORM DEVELOPMENTS
Medicare Advantage will expand to address social determinants of health while developments in artificial intelligence, machine learning, and telehealth will influence the delivery of health care services. Read More
DEVELOPMENTS IN HIGHER EDUCATION
This section of TRENDS has a focus on proposed regulations involving Title IX campus sexual assault, a bill that would allow the Department of Education and the Internal Revenue Service to share student data, and reauthorization of the Higher Education Act. Read More
QUICK STAT (SHORT, TIMELY, AND TOPICAL)
Use Of Yoga, Meditation, And Chiropractors Among U.S. Adults: 2012-2017
Increasing Medication Adherence Could Improve Care And Save Health Care Costs
Robotic Arm May Help To Rehabilitate Chronic Stroke Victims’ Communication Deficits
Obesity Provides Unexpected Enhancement Of Anticancer Medications Read More
AVAILABLE RESOURCES ACCESSIBLE ELECTRONICALLY
Separate & Unequal Public Colleges
Access To High School Courses That Help Prepare Students For College
Understanding Disparities In Access To Genomic Medicine Read More
CELEBRATING ALLIED HEALTH WEEK AT DES MOINES UNIVERSITY
Among other activities, members of an interprofessional student club brought to campus members of a recruitment staff to assist in honing interviewing skills and resumés. Read More
NAVIGATING THE HEALTH FRONTIER
Survey results furnish a deeper understanding of consumers’ decision-making processes in ways that can equip health care providers to retain and engage them effectively as well as attract new ones. Read More