7 Ways to Make the Most of your ASHA Membership

Posted on March 7, 2012

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Like any organization, we are stronger when our members are highly engaged. Here are seven big and little things you can do for yourself and for your professional membership association.

  1. Present at ASHA’s Annual Conference. Great sessions make school health professionals want to come back. In this time of budget cuts, it’s important for us to continue to provide exceptional content so that conference registration fees can remain a budget priority for schools and districts. Please plan to join us as a presenter for Making Connections: The People, Passion, and Promise of School Health in San Antonio, Texas, October 10-13, 2012. All proposals must be received by April 2, 2012, and we encourage submissions to be turned in early. Apply Now. 
  2. Submit an awards nomination. Which champion of school health most inspires you? Nominate that person for an award by April 6, 2012.
  3. Apply for a scholarship. Students of school health education, school nursing or pediatric/adolescent medicine or dentistry can receive a $1000 scholarship, complimentary conference registration for 2012, and a one-year membership. Applications due April 6, 2012.
  4. Become a conference sponsor. This year, we are introducing new sponsorship opportunities that allow smaller organizations to increase their visibility at the conference, and for those with larger budgets to get exposure year-round through ASHA’s electronic communications and webinars. Contact Julie Greenfield.
  5. Give a little of your precious time. Worldvolunteerweb.org lists many benefits of volunteerism: developing a new skill; being a part of your community; feeling a sense of achievement; boosting your career options; meeting a diverse range of people; and providing real examples of your commitment, dedication and interests for your employer, teachers, friends and family. Volunteer opportunities at ASHA include serving on a section or council, helping with the annual conference in San Antonio (on-site or off), and lending a hand at ASHA HQ if you are near Bethesda.
  6. Keep your dues up-to-date. Your membership entitles you to benefits including group health and business insurance, access to the Journal of School Health in print and online, free continuing education contact hours, discounts, section and council membership, and a vote in elections. Your dues help ASHA continue to provide these benefits and offer new ones. It’s easy to renew online.
  7. Connect with ASHA online. Share news with your colleagues via ASHA’s blog, The Pulse, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter. Got a great story to share? Send brief proposals for story ideas or guest blog posts to our communications coordinator, Heather Gibbons, at heatherwgibbons@mac.com.
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