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Duties and Roles

The NAAHP Liaisons

A Liaison is an advisor who is appointed by the NAAHP Board of Directors to work with one of its Advisory Council (AC) member associations. The liaison represents the NAAHP and its member to the respective association and facilitates an exchange of mutually beneficial information. The NAAHP Immediate Past President is appointed as the Liaison Coordinator and coordinates the activities of the Liaisons.

Duties of an NAAHP Liaison

  • Advocate for the AC association, whenever possible.
  • Attend annual NAAHP Advisory Council meetings in June of each year. Attend meetings of the professional association at the invitation of the AC member.
  • Communicate on a frequent basis with their respective AC counterpart.
  • Complete an annual review outlining difficulties/challenges, and stating a willingness to continue or not in the liaison position.
  • Distribute noteworthy developments to advisors (via HLTHPROF, NAAHP-Net, etc.) relating to the AC association.
  • Introduce him- or herself to the association's designee (via letter, phone call, or email) requesting the preferred method of communicating with that individual.
  • Offer input from the advisor's perspective or from NAAHP.
  • Request travel funds through NAAHP when the AC association is unable to support meeting or event attendance.
  • Solicit input and feedback from advisors to communicate to the association.
  • Update a document of their term(s) activities to pass on to the individual succeeding them in the liaison position.
  • Write an annual report outlining all activity pertinent to the liaison role and submit it to the Liaison Coordinator by June 1 of each year.

Roles of an NAAHP Liaison

  1. Initiate contact with the President or Executive Director of the organization through a letter of introduction, requesting the preferred method of communicating with that officer. And exchange of contact information should take place (complete addresses, telephone numbers, fax, email addresses). As a courtesy, the Liaison may also offer to provide the association with a schedule of their office hours. Ideally, it would be appropriate for the Liaison to meet the President or Executive Director in person at a Nation Meeting of the NAAHP or at an NAAHP Board of Directors meeting.
  2. Attend meetings of the professional association, its Board of Directors, and/or meetings called by the President or Executive Director by mutual consent or invitation. Offer input from the NAAHP or an advisor's perspective, and provide feedback to and solicit issues of concern from NAAHP and its membership via NAAHP-Net, the HLTHPROF listserv, or regional meetings.
  3. Exchange mutually beneficial information between the NAAHP and/or its regional association and the professional association.
  4. Make periodic, written reports to the NAAHP Board of Directors for inclusion in the Official Minutes of the Board of Directors. Liaisons must prepare a report on the year's activities and send it to the Executive Director for inclusion in the Board meeting agenda. Except for any confidential information, the content of this report should be adapted as an article for "The Advisor".
  5. Discuss items from his or er written report with the NAAHP Board of Directors, note any changes required by subsequent events, and elaborate or clarify any item.
  6. Communicate developments that have occurred within the profession or professional association to the NAAHP Director of Communications for appropriate dissemination to the NAAHP members.
  7. Assist in the transition to a new Liaison by providing copies of their Liaison reports and background information.

Liaison Appointments
NAAHP appoints Liaisons to select professional associations. the NAAHP Board of Directors determines who will serve in these positions. A Nominating Committee prepares the slate of nominees for Liaison positions in April or May — immediately preceding an even-year Board meeting — except in the case of the ADA appointment. Upon appointment, the NAAHP Liaison Coordinator provides a letter of appointment to the Liaison, including the term of the appointment, and notifies the President or Executive Director of the appropriate organizational entity of the Liaison's appointment by formal letter.

  • Liaison appointments are for two years starting on June 1 every year.
  • Liaisons can serve two 2-year terms with an extension of one term by Board approval on a case-by-case basis.

The following Liaisons are appointed in odd years.

  • AAA — Audiology
  • AACN — Nursing
  • AACP — Pharmacy
  • AACPM — Podiatry
  • AANMC — Naturopathic
  • AAVMC — Veterinary
  • AOTA — Occupational Therapy
  • AUPHA — Health Administration
  • PAEA — Physician Assistant

The following Liaisons are appointed in even years.

  • AAMC — Steering
  • ACC — Chiropractic
  • ADA-F — Dental/ADEA
  • ADA-D — Dental
  • APTA — Physical Therapy
  • ASCO — Optometry
  • ASHA — Speech-Language-Hearing
  • ASPH — Public Health
  • CCAOM — Acupuncture

The ADA nomination is made in the odd year but takes effect in the even year.

Travel Expenses
It is possible that the professional association will cover the expenses of the Liaison's attendance at that association's annual or semi-annual meeting. Most associations are in a strong enough financial position and highly value the liaison connection and the feedback from the advisor Liaison that at present they seem very willing to cover expenses. However, if it is a problem for the professional association to cover Liaison meeting attendance expenses, the Liaison might request the NAAHP Executive Director for funding to attend events. It is our belief that the Liaison's attendance at these meetings is beneficial to the profession association as well as to NAAHP and our members.

Substitute Liaisons
Whenever the official Liaison cannot attend a meeting, he or she should notify the Liaison Coordinator and the Executive Director who will select a substitute when necessary. If at some future time, the Liaison ceases to function in an appropriate and collegial manner (as described above), then the Liaison Coordinator, with mutual consent of the Executive Director, appoint a new Liaison.

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