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Strategic Plan

 

Summary of 2012-2017 Strategic Plan

Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders

 

Focus Area 1: Clinical

Issue: Long wait list for clinical services.

Baseline Data: At the end of 2011, approximately 140 individuals were on the wait list, expecting to receive free services.

Desired Outcome: Increase the number of patients served in the clinic by 20%.

Strategy:            

  1. Increase outreach activities to market our new services to potential clients.
  2. Document patient flow and clinical revenue.

 

Focus Area 2: Administration

Issue: Current faculty and staff members are not familiar with process of billing for services.

Baseline Data: No history or experience with billing for services.

Desired Outcome: All faculty and staff members to be familiar with process of billing for services.

Strategy:           

  1. Create a handbook of procedures for billing for services.
  2. Document submitted billable notes regularly.

 

Focus Area 3: Research

Issue: Limited research funding. 

Baseline Data: Currently only two faculty members in the department have research funding.

Desired Outcome: Increase the number of faculty with research funding.

Strategy:            

  1. Continue to participate in TBI research activity with Tripler Army Medical Center, ROTC, and/or VA Medical Center.
  2. Begin an aging-related hearing loss study with the Geriatrics department.
  3. Begin a Native Hawaiian Health related research project.
  4. Recruit additional PhD level faculty who are interested in collaborative research.
  5. Continue to discuss and document research progress weekly.  

 

Focus Area 4: Education

Issue: Shortage of externship sites

Baseline Data: Not all students placed in a variety of externship settings.

Desired Outcome: Increase the number of externship sites on the island, in the neighboring islands, and in the mainland.

Strategy:           

  1. Seek input from Hawai’i Speech-Language-Hearing Association (HSHA) members to improve the quality of student education.
  2. Seek input from DOE SLPs to improve the quality of student education.    
  3. Utilize a DOE liaison to work with DOE SLPs to facilitate good relationships and add additional DOE externship sites.
  4. Utilize a medical externship site liaison to work with SLPs in medical facilities to facilitate good relationships and add additional medical externship sites.
  5. Coordinate anatomy lab sessions to increase student learning oppourtities.
  6. Secure new neighbor island externship sites
  7. Secure new out of state externship sites
  8. Continue to discuss and document progress and issues related to externship weekly.

 

Focus Area 5: Service

Issue: Insufficient community service

Baseline Data: Insufficient volunteer service (teaching, clinical, or research mentorship) outside of UHM.

Desired Outcome: Increase the number of collaborative sites locally, nationally, and internationally, especially in the Asia-Pacific region.

Strategy:           

  1. Collaborate with new individuals for volunteer teaching, clinical service, and research opportunities.
  2. Conduct voice and/or hearing screenings for Special Olympics, Head-Start program, UH students in theater, music, or nursing departments.
  3. Organize a “World Voice Day” symposium.
  4. Explore telehealth service options
  5. Explore providing volunteer clinical services in Asia Pacific regions that are lacking ASHA-certified professionals.
  6. Continue to discuss and document progress and issues related to service weekly.

 

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