April 8, 2019
ASHA has earned an American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) Summit Award for its collaborative work with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Regional Office for the Americas of the World Health Organization (WHO). The joint effort focuses on building the capacity of professionals and institutions in Latin America and the Caribbean to address communication disorders.
Each year, only six organizations are judged winners of ASAE Summit Awards, the highest level of recognition in ASAE's Power of A awards program. This year, the program received 110 award entries overall.
Through the ASHA-PAHO collaboration, ASHA members volunteer in country, conducting various educational activities and workshops that are designed to equip nations with sustainable resources for addressing communication disorders long-term. They include developing curricula of phonoaudiology and speech-language/audiology programs at national universities; recruiting faculty; facilitating donations of books; training service providers and parents of children with disabilities; developing a package of resources for training of audiologists in Spanish; and educating policymakers and the general public.
Primary country stakeholders are consulted and involved continually and the work follows plans that have specific objectives and implementation strategies. So far, the ASHA-PAHO collaboration has been in El Salvador, Guyana, Honduras, Paraguay, and Belize, and there are plans to work in other countries in the region.
For additional information please contact Lily Waterston, ASHA's Director, International Programs at email@example.com.