Following is the Executive Summary from the final recommendations report of the Education Needs Assessment Committee.
Through the extensive work of the Committee since its start in 2006, seven solid recommendations are being made to the ASCHA Board of Directors for consideration. They are as follows and are further detailed within this report:
Recommendations A through F are all based on the gaps that were identified through Member surveying and market research. Recommendation G came as a result of further discussions and research into the reasons for lack of understanding and misinformation that was discovered in the marketplace. This recommendation is one that will likely garner support from other stakeholders, government and initiatives.
Other than the development of an Orientation Package, the educational role for ASCHA should be mainly to connect its Members with the resources and training opportunities that already exist in the marketplace and work with providers to deliver these opportunities to the Members in a meaningful, relevant, and efficient manner. The recommendations will require some development but are mainly direction to communicate more efficiently and frequently with relevant stakeholders and educators in order to assist Members; become a hub of information. Ongoing evaluation and assessment will ensure that ASCHA continues to satisfy the education needs of the Membership while tracking when new, customized development may be required. This will ensure that the association resources are spent wisely and not re-inventing what already exists.