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Candidate for Vice President for Government Relations and Public Policy: Tracy Lynn Grammer, MS, CCC-SLP

Why are you running for Vice President for Government Relations and Public Policy on the ASHA Board of Directors?

The ASHA Leader asked the candidates:

What is your top priority if elected to the ASHA Board of Directors?

My priorities include facilitating equitable reimbursement for speech, language, hearing, and swallowing services provided by our professions through the enhancement of governmental and public awareness of communication, hearing, and swallowing disorders. Recognition of the value of speech, language, hearing, and swallowing services will be inherent with increased awareness of these fundamental and essential functions. Greater knowledge of the nature and value of our services will increase the need for access to services across all continuums of care. With equitable reimbursement, access to services will increase through more job opportunities for members of our professions. Access to services will also be enhanced by increasing service providers and diversity in our professions. With my passion for the professions, I will strive to make these possibilities a reality.

Tracy Grammer, MS, CCC-SLP, ASHA Fellow, is a speech-language pathologist (SLP) with 28 years of experience working with adults experiencing a variety of cognitive-communication and swallowing disorders—including cognitive dysfunction, aphasia, dysarthria, dysphagia, and apraxia secondary to cerebrovascular accident, traumatic brain injury, glossectomy, laryngectomy, tracheostomy, and ventilator dependency. She is employed at Oklahoma University Medical Center (OUMC) as an SLP for the Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery. 

Ms. Grammer is an adjunct faculty member of (a) the Department of Otolaryngology at the Oklahoma University Health Sciences Center (OUHSC) College of Medicine and (b) the OUHSC College of Allied Health, College of Communication Sciences and Disorders. She currently serves on the ASHA Board of Ethics. She also serves as vice chair of the 2018–2021 Oklahoma Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology after having served two consecutive terms (2009–2015); during 4 of those years, she was the chair. She served as the 2015–2018 Oklahoma Speech-Language Pathology Advisory Councilor and as the 2005–2008 Oklahoma Legislative Councilor for ASHA.

Ms. Grammer has served as a member of the National Council of State Boards for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, as a past president of the Oklahoma Academy of Medical Speech-Language Pathologists, as a two-time past president of the Oklahoma Speech-Language-Hearing Association, and for 5 years as the president of the Brain Injury Association of Oklahoma. Ms. Grammer is the director and founder of Camp Sunrise, an outdoor retreat for adult survivors of traumatic brain injury, which began in 2000. She is an invited lecturer on topics that include dysphagia, ethics, leadership, traumatic brain injury, cognition, and speech-language pathology services in tracheostomy and ventilator dependency. 

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