Presented by: Rebecca Smith, MS, CCC-SLP, CNT, CLC
AUDIENCE: Undergraduate, graduate students, Clinical Fellows, experienced clinicians, clinicians who would like to transition from school-based SLP to medical-based SLP.
Description: Working in rural areas comes with unique opportunities, including program development and providing invaluable clinical services to individuals in need. Although these experiences can be rewarding, barriers to working at the top of your license due to lack of provider education, patient variability, and decreased access to specialty providers and tests needed to make definitive diagnoses pose an insurmountable challenge. This presentation discusses barriers in rural healthcare, the variability of outpatient caseloads in these areas, and proposed solutions for improving clinical services.
1) As a result of this presentation, participants will describe challenges associated with providing care in rural areas.
2) As a result of this presentation, participants will identify three strategies for improving clinical care for individuals living in rural areas.
3) As a result of this presentation, participants will describe the importance of community needs assessments for improving interdisciplinary health outcomes.
Rebecca Smith is a clinical educator at Appalachian State University in the Beaver College of Health Sciences Interprofessional Clinic. She works in outpatient and acute care settings through ASU and teaches their pediatric dysphagia course in the graduate program. Rebecca is pursuing her Ph.D. in Health Sciences with an anticipated completion date of May 2024. Over the last five years, she has specialized in evaluating and treating infant feeding and swallowing in the neonatal intensive care unit and assessing adult dysphagia in medical and surgical intensive care units. She is a certified neonatal therapist and certified lactation counselor.
This Webinar is 1-hour. This was presented live on 11/9/22.
This webinar is available for Professional Development Hours (PDHs) – formerly known as Certification Maintenance Hours (CMHs). Certificate of Completion is available upon request at the end of the webinar. For More information on Professional Development Hours: https://www.asha.org/certification/factdef/