ASHA Reorganization Proposals – Please Comment

Posted on September 17, 2012

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Last week in The Pulse, ASHA’s committee on structure and governance announced plans to post two reorganization proposals for member review and comments. (See the announcement)

Both of the proposals posted below were drafted with several guiding principles in mind:

  • Reduce bureaucracy and streamline processes.
  • Focus on strengthening the interdisciplinary nature of the Association.
  • Carefully consider the impact any proposed structure would have on the capacity of staff responsible for implementing or overseeing that structure.
  • Carefully consider if we have the resources and capacity to carry out a proposed structure or process.

The full text of both proposals is linked below, we encourage everyone to review both options and provide comments by:

  1. Posting a reply to this blog.
  2. Sending an e-mail to ASHAReorg@Yahoo.com with your comments.
  3. Responding to the online survey.
  4. Participating in the in-person comment opportunities at the 86th Annual ASHA National Conference in San Antonio, Texas:
    • Section Networking Luncheons, Thursday, October 11
    • Council Networking Luncheons, Friday, October 12
    • Special Town Hall Meeting, Friday, October 12

It is important to note that neither of the proposals posted below is final or complete. No decisions have been made. The purpose of these proposals is to simply start the conversation and serve as a basis upon which the final reorganization plan will be built. The final proposal will be posted for member approval some time in 2013 only after every member who wishes to comment has been provided the opportunity to do so.

Here is a summary of each proposal:

Option 1 (PDF)

This option proposes significant changes to our operating structure. The complete detail of the changes and a rational for each change is included in the full option 1 proposal document (PDF). Some of the major elements of this proposal include:

  • A Board of Directors with at least 7 but up to 13 members all elected by the ASHA membership. Up to 6 of the Board positions are individuals with expertise in legal, finance, fund development, and other professions elected from outside the membership base of the Association. The Board would be the ultimate policy and fiduciary authority of ASHA with responsibility for providing strategic direction and oversight.
  • Elimination of the House of Delegates.
  • Creation of a Leadership Assembly that has authority for carrying out the programmatic functions of the Association such as advocacy, research, professional development, and multidisciplinary activities, then collapsing all standing and ad hoc committees under the authority of the Leadership Assembly.
  • Elimination of Councils and replacing that structure with topic specific networking groups that change and evolve as topics and interests within the field of school health change and evolve.
  • Reorganization of Sections to better align with the professional disciplines that make up the components of the Coordinated School Health Model.

Option 2 (PDF)

This option proposes less significant changes to our operating structure by maintaining many of the core structures of the Association, but does streamline some of our operating practices and eliminates structures and processes that are not currently working as originally designed. The complete detail of the changes and a rational for each change is included in the full option 2 proposal document (PDF). Some of the major elements of this proposal include:

  • Elimination from the Board of Directors the Chair of Professional Development, Chair of Interdisciplinary Collaboration, and Chair of Councils.
  • Elimination of Councils and replacing that structure with topic specific networking groups that change and evolve as topics and interests within the field of school health change and evolve.
  • Broaden the scope of the House of Delegates to give that group more authority over some programmatic functions of the Association and oversight of issue specific networking groups. The Chair of Sections would be the Chairperson of the House of Delegates.
  • Reorganization of Sections to better align with the professional disciplines that make up the components of the Coordinated School Health Model.

Again, it is important to note that neither of the proposals outlined above is final or complete. These proposals should only serve as a starting point for conversation on the topic. However, we invite each member to review both options with an open mind and provide their comments by replying to this blog below, sending written comments to ASHAReorg@Yahoo.com, responding to the online survey, and participating in the in-person comment opportunities at the 86th Annual ASHA National Conference in San Antonio, Texas this October.

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