The ASHA Public Service Award is designed to recognize a public servant (e.g., elected lawmaker, politically appointed policymaker) who has made a significant contribution to the professions of audiology and/or speech-language pathology. The award publicly showcases the work of honorees on behalf of the professions as well as the patients, clients, and students we serve. It is the highest award that ASHA exclusively confers on a public servant.
ASHA members are asked to nominate a public servant whose actions have made a critical difference in the professions of audiology, speech-language pathology, and/or the patients, clients, and students we serve.
ASHA will give the Public Service Award to one individual each year, recognizing a federal public servant during odd-numbered years (beginning in 2021) and a state public servant in even-numbered years (beginning in 2022).
Our success in advocacy relies heavily on those who recognize and champion the public policy issues that advance the professions. Nominees should have made a significant contribution to the professions, with this contribution having supported ASHA’s efforts related to the annual Public Policy Agenda—efforts that further the advancement of the professions and those we serve.
ASHA members play a critical role in identifying and nominating candidates for the Public Service Award. ASHA’s Government Affairs and Public Policy Board (GAPPB) will review nominations before making a recommendation to the Board of Directors (BOD), whose members will then vote to approve a candidate of choice.
Contact Jeffrey Regan, ASHA’s director of government affairs and public policy, at email@example.com.