November 1, 2013 Association

ASHFoundation: Holidays and Helping Go Hand-in-Hand

November has arrived, bringing the warmth and cheer of the holiday season. Within the next few weeks we will be eating turkey with family, chopping down trees, lighting menorahs and exchanging gifts.

The holidays also mark a time when we reflect on the things that are most important, act on our passions for making the world a better place and make a year-end gift to our favorite charity.

"A charitable gift to the ASHFoundation during the season of giving is a tangible, helpful way to show appreciation," says Lee Ann Golper, ASHFoundation Board of Trustees development chair. "It's also a wonderful way to honor someone important in your life or to recognize the accomplishments of a colleague you admire."

Your year-end gift to the ASHFoundation perpetuates your belief that investing in the future of your profession is making a difference for the 49 million Americans experiencing communication disorders. Your gift reflects your hopes for the world and its future. It says yes to more research, yes to more highly qualified professionals and clinicians, and yes to new treatments that will improve the lives of those struggling with speech, language and hearing disorders. Donate at the ASHFoundation website or by phone, 301-296-8704.

ASHFoundation To Host 2014 Science Summit

A new social economy is not only "bringing with it an unprecedented level of familiarity and connectedness to both our global and local economic challenges," says Marina Gorbis, executive director of the Institute for the Future, but also "changing every domain of our lives." She makes the case that the new social economy ushers in a vast array of opportunities to pursue our passions, to redefine the nature of work and to address a wide range of problems. One such opportunity is a new perspective on research and education.

In 2014, the ASHFoundation will provide a new opportunity to consider CSD research from a fresh perspective and to learn new tools for addressing the science of implementation at The Implementation Science Summit, bringing together evidence and practice.

Held at the Park Hyatt Aviara in Carlsbad, Calif., the March 20–22 summit will "provide a unique opportunity to jump-start efforts to actively close the research-practice gap in CSD," says Lesley Olswang, conference chair and ASHFoundation trustee. Drawing from the knowledge and expertise of implementation scientists in other disciplines, the summit will feature speakers on a range of conceptual topics and practical tools.

Brian Mittman, senior advisor at the VA Center for Implementation Practice and Research Support, will define the scope of a broad research-practice framework and introduce concepts surrounding types of clinical research. Lawrence Green of the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at University of California, San Francisco, and the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, will address balancing fidelity and adaptation as proven protocols are implemented into practice.

Enola Proctor, Washington University's Frank J. Bruno Professor of Social Work Research, will address what research questions are most appropriate and what outcome measures best address implementation questions.

The ASHFoundation invites interested researchers, research clinical partners, mentored doctoral students and others to attend the summit to reinvigorate their research careers with new ideas, perspectives and skills.

Registration opens in late November. To place your name on the "learn more details" list, e-mail Penny Burke, Watch for more information at the ASHFoundation website.


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