Addressing Health and Educational Inequities in Tribal Communities Through Targeted Recruitment of American Indian and Alaska Native Early College Students: A Pilot Project

 
I am excited to announce that members of ASHA’s Native American Caucus were awarded ASHA’s Multicultural activities grant to fund a project intended to recruit more Native American undergraduate students into the fields of speech-language pathology and audiology. The project is entitled “Addressing Health and Educational Inequities in Tribal Communities Through Targeted Recruitment of American Indian and Alaska Native Early College Students: A Pilot Project” and objectives include:
 
·       Highlight the SLP and audiology service needs of AI/AN communities by presenting statistics on academic achievement and health disparities
·       Address the low numbers of AI/AN speech-language pathologists and audiologists by targeted recruitment of AI/AN early college students (freshmen & sophomores)
·       Develop a short video that discusses the disability service needs of AI/AN tribal communities in the context of AI/AN cultural and linguistic diversity
·       Partner with guidance counselors and academic advisors to show the videos at several junior/undergraduate college settings and collect demographic information to track interested students and connect them with SLP/audiology mentors associated with ASHA’s Native American Caucus
·       Foster AI/AN college students’ interests in the fields of SLP and audiology and connect them with ASHA mentoring programs and ASHA’s Native American Caucus
·       Partner with CSD programs and AI/AN student resource centers in states with high numbers of AI/ANs to show the recruitment video with a targeted number of students.
 
I will be at the Speech and Hearing Sciences Department at the University of New Mexico, my alma mater, in Albuquerque on October 19th and 20th to conduct video interviews of SLP and audiology students and practicing SLPs and audiologists who are Native American. Interviews should take approximately 30 minutes and will include questions about your cultural background and how you entered the field (SLPs & audiologists) or how you learned about the professions (students). You will receive a $20 gift card to Wal-Mart or Target to compensate you for your time. For more information or to schedule a time to be interviewed, you can email me at jallison-burbank@kumc.edu.
 
Thank you,
 
Josh
 
Joshuaa D. Allison-Burbank, M.A., CCC-SLP (he, him, his)
Co-Chair, Native American Caucus, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
Vice Chair, Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) Multi-Cultural Council
Discipline Coordinator, Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities
Center for Child Health and Development
Department of Pediatrics 
Clinical Instructor (Courtesy), Department of Hearing and Speech
University of Kansas Medical Center
3901 Rainbow Blvd., MS 4003
Kansas City, KS 66160
Office: (913) 588-0079

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