A Call for International Projects The latest ASHA Chief Executive Officer Update indicates that ASHA’s strategic objective #7 to enhance international engagement has been launched. This will be an important and exciting project to advocate for and increase the visibility of our professions worldwide. It is also expected that this ASHA initiative will recognize, increase ... Inbox
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A Call for International Projects
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A Call for International Projects
The ASHA Leader, August 2018, Vol. 23, 4. doi:10.1044/leader.IN2.23082018.4
The ASHA Leader, August 2018, Vol. 23, 4. doi:10.1044/leader.IN2.23082018.4
The latest ASHA Chief Executive Officer Update indicates that ASHA’s strategic objective #7 to enhance international engagement has been launched. This will be an important and exciting project to advocate for and increase the visibility of our professions worldwide. It is also expected that this ASHA initiative will recognize, increase and provide support for existing clinical service provider programs that already reach out to partner with countries in need of specialized diagnostic and treatment best practices.
The Speech and Language Pathology Programs at Beaumont Health and the Oakland University Beaumont Medical School in Southeastern Michigan have been involved in international partnerships with hospitals and universities in Mexico, Chile, Columbia and other Central and South American countries. Numerous lectures, workshops, symposia and clinical care initiatives have been implemented over the past eight years.
The professional relationships that have developed have certainly demonstrated enhanced patient and family-centered care as well as positive clinical outcomes. But the personal connections that have also occurred between speech-language pathologists in various countries have resulted in the rich social sharing of values and concerns for people with communication impairments.
Many clinical programs in the United States have initiated similar international programs. The list and depth of these programs are most impressive. We are urging that these institutions as well as others take up the ASHA challenge to enhance and initiate international engagement in order to reap the positive rewards of a world working together on behalf of the patients and families we all serve.
Michael Rolnick and Pablo Antonio Ysunza, Royal Oak, Michigan

Thank you for raising awareness of these important efforts to enhance international development of speech-language pathology.

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