Strengthening Relationship between the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and the Pan American Health Organization, Regional Office for the Americas of the World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) This article will provide a discussion of the innovative ways ASHA is collaborating with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) to improve the delivery of high quality SLP/A services in three of the most impoverished countries in Latin America, Guyana, El Salvador, and Honduras. The ASHA Board of Directors (BOD) ... Article
Article  |   September 2014
Strengthening Relationship between the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and the Pan American Health Organization, Regional Office for the Americas of the World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO)
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Lily Schuermann
    International Programs, American Speech-Hearing-Language Association, Rockville, MD
  • Silvia Martinez
    Communication Sciences & Disorders, Howard University, Washington, DC
  • Gloria Weddington
    Communicative Disorders & Sciences, San Jose State University, San Jose, CA
  • Linda I. Rosa-Lugo
    Communication Sciences & Disorders, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL
  • Financial Disclosure: Lily Schuermann is Director of International Programs at the American Speech-Hearing-Language Association. Silvia Martinez is an Associate Professor at Howard University. Gloria Weddington is a Professor Emerita at San Jose University. Linda I. Rosa-Lugo is an Associate Professor at the University of Central Florida.
    Financial Disclosure: Lily Schuermann is Director of International Programs at the American Speech-Hearing-Language Association. Silvia Martinez is an Associate Professor at Howard University. Gloria Weddington is a Professor Emerita at San Jose University. Linda I. Rosa-Lugo is an Associate Professor at the University of Central Florida.×
  • Nonfinancial Disclosure: Lily Schuermann has no nonfinancial interests related to the content of this article. Silvia Martinez has no nonfinancial interests related to the content of this article. Gloria Weddington has no nonfinancial interests related to the content of this article. Linda I. Rosa-Lugo has no nonfinancial interests related to the content of this article.
    Nonfinancial Disclosure: Lily Schuermann has no nonfinancial interests related to the content of this article. Silvia Martinez has no nonfinancial interests related to the content of this article. Gloria Weddington has no nonfinancial interests related to the content of this article. Linda I. Rosa-Lugo has no nonfinancial interests related to the content of this article.×
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Strengthening Relationship between the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and the Pan American Health Organization, Regional Office for the Americas of the World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO)
SIG 17 Perspectives on Global Issues in Communication Sciences and Related Disorders, September 2014, Vol. 4, 75-78. doi:10.1044/gics4.2.75
SIG 17 Perspectives on Global Issues in Communication Sciences and Related Disorders, September 2014, Vol. 4, 75-78. doi:10.1044/gics4.2.75

This article will provide a discussion of the innovative ways ASHA is collaborating with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) to improve the delivery of high quality SLP/A services in three of the most impoverished countries in Latin America, Guyana, El Salvador, and Honduras. The ASHA Board of Directors (BOD) established a Strategic Pathway to Excellence with an objective to “Strengthen Strategic Relationships” by engaging with organizations to support ASHA's mission and expand influence worldwide (ASHA, 2012). One priority was to identify opportunities to collaborate with the World Health Organization (WHO). Therefore, BOD approved a joint collaboration project between ASHA and the PAHO, Regional Office for the Americas of the World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO), known as the ASHA-PAHO/WHO project.

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