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Grant Competition Seeks Model Telepractice Programs
The ASHA Leader, April 2003, Vol. 8, 9-29. doi:10.1044/leader.FTR3.08072003.9
The ASHA Leader, April 2003, Vol. 8, 9-29. doi:10.1044/leader.FTR3.08072003.9
ASHA is seeking to identify programs that can serve as models for the development of telepractice clinical service delivery programs. To further this goal, the Association has created a grant program to recognize exemplary telepractice clinical service delivery programs that have the potential to serve as models for the development of additional telepractice programs in audiology and/or speech-language pathology. This grant competition is part of ASHA’s focused initiative on the use of Web-based and advanced technology. Below are common questions.
Q. What is telepractice?
A. Telepractice is about the wise application of current and emerging technology to deliver health-related information and clinical services in a manner that reduces barriers to access and/or specialized expertise, is cost-effective, enhances provider productivity and/or effectiveness, and creates additional value/benefits for the health care provider and/or the consumer (e.g., reduced travel time and costs).
Q. Who is eligible to receive a grant?
A. A grant may be awarded to an individual clinician, a clinical service delivery program, or an organization of audiologists and speech-language pathologists who use telepractice to deliver clinical audiology services by ASHA-certified audiologists and/or clinical speech-language pathology services by ASHA-certified SLPs.
Q. How many grants will be awarded?
A. Up to three grants will be awarded to telepractice clinical service delivery programs in the United States.
Q. How much money is available for each grant?
A. A one-time award of up to $4,000 will be made for each grant. Funds awarded must be spent within 12 months of the date of the grant award. Proposals with either local or state impact are encouraged. A project that contains a strong evaluation component sufficient to demonstrate the effectiveness of clinical audiology or speech-language pathology services delivered via telepractice is more likely to be funded at a higher level than a project that does not contain such a component.
Q. How can my organization apply?
A. Follow these four easy steps:
1. Complete the grant application form
2. In no more than two typed, double-spaced pages, describe:
  • how the telepractice clinical service delivery program came into existence and how it exemplifies the wise application of current and emerging technology to deliver health-related information and clinical services in a manner that reduces barriers to access and/or specialized expertise, is cost-effective, enhances provider productivity and/or effectiveness, and creates additional value/benefits for the health care provider and/or the consumer

  • the number of patients served and the number of certified audiologists and/or certified SLPs engaged in the telepractice program

  • the way(s) your telepractice program uses technology to deliver clinical services

  • the way(s) you evaluate the effectiveness of clinical services you provide via telepractice delivery systems

  • the manner in which you or your program are compensated (i.e., funded or reimbursed) for clinical services delivered via telepractice

  • if the program has been funded by a previous grant, plans for continuing the program after the grant has ended

  • the way you plan to showcase your program to enable it to serve as a model for the development of other telepractice clinical service delivery programs in audiology or speech-language pathology

  • the budget you are requesting from ASHA to develop the resources/materials to showcase your program

3. Complete the project budget form, including the amount you are asking ASHA to fund and the amount (if any) your organization will fund. Please attach justification for each budget item.
4. Send the materials to Vic S. Gladstone, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 10801 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852.
Q. What is the deadline?
A. All applications must be received by May 30.
Q. When will grants be awarded?
A. Grants will be awarded by June 30.
For more information, contact Vic Gladstone through the Action Center at 800-498-2071, ext. 4102, or by e-mail at vgladstone@asha.org.
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