Strategic Objective (SO) 7: Enhance International Engagement

Objective Owner
Lily Waterston, MA, Director, International Programs (


ASHA is engaged internationally with service providers, educators, scientists, and other groups to proliferate research, and improve professional preparation and service delivery.


  • Partnering with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Regional Office for the Americas of the World Health Organization (WHO): to strengthen knowledge and build capacity of professionals and organizations in selected countries.
    • In 2013: Honduras, El Salvador and Guyana.
    • In 2016: Paraguay. 
    • In 2017: Belize.
    • In 2019: Ecuador.

    PAHO approved ASHA's application to renew its official status as Non-State Actor (NSA) in 2018.

  • ASHA received a 2018 American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) Summit Award for its Country Capacity Building Initiative with PAHO/WHO.
  • Increasing the outreach and numbers of the International Affiliates (IAs): Increased to 553 IAs in 58 countries as of 12/31/18. Developing resources and regional strategies to better serve this audience improve exchanges and increase affiliation.
  • Collaborating with WHO and the International Communication Project (ICP) for public awareness campaigns: ASHA continues to advise WHO on its "Make Listening Safe" global campaign. For the third year in a row, an ASHA social media campaign is promoting World Hearing Day (March 3). ASHA continues to play a strategic role with ICP; publishing a quarterly e-newsletter and developing social media campaigns.
  • Partnering with international organizations for joint conferences in different regions of the world: ASHA partnered with the Brazilian Academy of Audiology and the Brazilian Association of Speech-Language Pathology and brought ASHA speakers to their annual conference on April 11-13, 2019 in Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil. 
  • Participating in WHO and PAHO high-level meetings: ASHA, as NSA in official relations with PAHO, is invited as "observer" to these meetings.
  • ASHA is a founding member of the Global Rehabilitation Alliance.
  • Increasing publications from authors outside the U.S.: As of 12/31/18, there were 529 international authors. ASHA Journals Academy includes information on translation services and resources for non-English speakers. 

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