Members in the Public Health Service The stories of speech-language pathologists and audiologists serving our country in “Honoring ASHA Members in Uniform” (Nov. 24) were truly inspiring. In addition to the Air Force, SLPs also serve in uniform in the Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service (PHS). More than 6,500 officers in health-related professions ... Inbox
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The ASHA Leader, December 2009, Vol. 14, 2. doi:10.1044/leader.IN1.14162009.2
The ASHA Leader, December 2009, Vol. 14, 2. doi:10.1044/leader.IN1.14162009.2
The stories of speech-language pathologists and audiologists serving our country in “Honoring ASHA Members in Uniform” (Nov. 24) were truly inspiring. In addition to the Air Force, SLPs also serve in uniform in the Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service (PHS).
More than 6,500 officers in health-related professions serve in the PHS, one of seven uniformed services: Air Force, Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, and Commissioned Corps of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. As the PHS chief therapist officer, I lead the therapist category, which includes audiology, speech-language pathology, physical therapy, and occupational therapy. The mission of the PHS is protecting, promoting, and advancing the health and safety of the nation.
PHS speech-language pathologist officers serve in diverse clinical, regulatory, and management roles supporting the mission of the Indian Health Service, Bureau of Prisons, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Medical Reserve Corps, and Department of Homeland Security; and proudly support the recovery of wounded warriors with traumatic brain injuries at military treatment facilities.
In the Aug. 12, 2008, issue of The ASHA Leader, David Brueggemann, a captain in the PHS, described how PHS audiologists serve in clinical roles in the Indian Health Service and in research positions at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.
PHS speech-language pathologists and audiologists also have responded with distinction to public health emergencies such as Hurricane Katrina. We invite ASHA members to learn more about the PHS Commissioned Corps at www.usphs.gov.
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