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Look At What We've Accomplished Together

ASHA...Working With You

Advocacy

  • Secured House introduction of bipartisan language that establishes Federal assistance to increase diversity in audiology and speech-language pathology academic programs 
  • Worked in partnership with the Council on State Governments to finalize model legislation that establishes the Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Interstate Compact (ASLP-IC) 
  • Provided SLPs practicing in skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) expert information related to reimbursement changes and the impact on clinical practice via two town-hall opportunities to engage with ASHA staff and external subject matter experts 
  • Secured House passage of bipartisan language that expands access to and coverage of audiology services for Medicare beneficiaries 
  • Hosted an Inaugural Private Payer Summit (part of Strategic Objective #5) to strategically engage with private payers on the value of audiology and speech-language pathology services 
  • Launched a Private Payer Portal that includes relevant information for private payers regarding the value of audiology and speech-language pathology services 

For the Professions

  • Launched ASHA’s new podcast, ASHA Voices
  • Developed and launched ASHA’s new, personalized e-newsletter, ASHA Now  
  • Launched ASHA's Faculty Development Institute (AFDI) 
  • Transitioned Perspectives from a newsletter to a scholarly review journal 
  • Finalized the ASHA Workload Calculator, which is designed to be used by school-based SLPs to determine time spent providing direct and indirect services as well as engaging in other work duties 
  • Held the 2019 ASHA Schools Virtual Town Hall on attracting, preparing, and retaining school-based SLPs 
  • Held the Schools Clinical and Professional Exchange: Educator Strikes and Education Reform session at the 2019 ASHA Schools Connect 
  • Increased visibility of ASHA’s cultural competence resources via each SIG’s exclusive online community 
  • Highlighted cultural competence articles published in Perspectives and available to all affiliates 
  • Created the new Assistants’ Code of Conduct that will apply to newly certified assistants in the professions 
  • Launched www.ashaassistants.org to spread the word about ASHA’s two new certifications, one for audiology assistants and one for speech-language pathology assistants (SLPAs), which will start in late 2020 
  • Launched the Everyday Ethics column, which is posted bimonthly on the Leader Live blog, to address the ethical dilemmas most often encountered in our professions 

Strengthening Awareness of the Professions

  • Developed the Guidelines for Referring to Speech-Language Pathology Services (SLP) [PDF] for skilled nursing facility staff and distributed this resource at interprofessional collaborative practice events
  • Served as Advisor to the World Health Organization on its “Make Listening Safe” global campaign 
  • By mid-December 2019, reached an audience of nearly 27 million through the Value of the CCCs campaign (growing the total reach to roughly 120 million since its mid-2015 launch)  
  • Published ASHA’s quarterly “TRACKS” report on public relations outreach and success stories  
  • Increased the overall reach of Better Hearing and Speech Month by 43% and grew member engagement in the campaign by 14% 
  • Continued to feature, engage, and promote audiologists throughout the year via a digital campaign focused on World Hearing Day (March 3) that had an audience reach of 85 million; summer hearing protection outreach that had an audience reach of 89 million; a campaign that related only to July 4th that had an audience reach of 76 million; and a pre-year-end holiday initiative that had a potential audience reach of more than a 150 million  

For a Better Tomorrow

Providing the Tools You Need to Succeed

  • Improved ASHA’s ability to serve members’ needs with an upgraded chat capability, doubling the number of chats and decreasing the likelihood of hold time 
  • Lowered the average Action Center phone hold time by 25% 
  • Hosted ASHA’s most-attended Connect conferences to date, allowing SLPs in schools, private practice, and health care to learn from invited experts in their respective work settings as well as share with colleagues who face similar challenges
  • Enabled 2019 ASHA Convention registrants to access the CE reporting system in the ASHA Learning Center just 4 minutes after registering (down from 24 hours in prior years) 
  • Hosted highly attended and highly rated online conferences targeting two populations not previously covered in this comprehensive, in-depth format: children and adults with a cancer diagnosis, and children in the birth-to-3 age range and their families 
  • Processed over 16,000 new applications for certification, far surpassing the previous high of 12,800 in one year.  
  • Approved proposals to develop two new clinical specialty certifications (AAC and Voice and Upper Airways) 
  • Celebrated 50 years of bringing a heightened awareness of diversity and inclusion to the professions via the Office of Multicultural Affairs, marking ASHA’s commitment to proactively promoting diversity throughout its circle of influence over the past five decades.
  • Also celebrated 20 years of student leadership development through the Minority Student Leadership Program, helping students to enhance their leadership skills, gain an understanding of how the association works, and network with ASHA leadership 
  • Spotlighted 15 years of mentoring success from the S.T.E.P. Mentoring program, which has brought together more than 2,500 mentoring pairs in meaningful one-to-one relationships offering guidance, feedback, and support for career development

Dedicated to Stewardship

  • Received an unmodified audit opinion (which is the best opinion possible) on the 2018 audits 
  • Increased ASHA’s ability to meet member expectations and efficiently process dues renewal by increasing computer capacity, expanding the number of phone lines for the Action Center, and adding new processes to enhance payment processing  
  • Established record revenue for audiology-related activities including the Early Career Professional Program, the Audiology Lounge, and the Hear! Here! Audiology Reception, totaling over $38,75   

International

  • In conjunction with other International Communication Project (ICP) founding organizations, highlighted communication disability during a meeting of the United Nations (UN), the Conference of State Parties to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. At the same UN meeting, ASHA separately presented at another event focused on students with disabilities in higher education, and at a third event, presented about mitigating communication disability in cases of dementia.
  • Presented about the International Communication Project (ICP) at the 31st International Association of Logopedics and Phoniatrics World Congress in Taiwan, with the presentation noting the success the ICP had in raising the profile of communication disability at the UN earlier in the year 
  • Collaborated with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Regional Office for the Americas of the World Health Organization (WHO); provided audiology and speech-language pathology technical assistance to professionals in Belize; and started the collaboration in a new country, Ecuador 
  • Became a member of the new World Health Organization World Hearing Forum and participated in its first meeting 

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