The lead topic of the Association of Schools of Allied Health Professionals (ASAHP) Spring Conference was “Connecting the Dots: Higher Education Reform and Employer Needs in Allied Health.” Established in 1967 by administrators, educators and others concerned with critical issues affecting allied health education, ASAHP today includes over 125 deans of schools and colleges of allied health or health professions such as PT, OT, SLP, Rad Tech, Nursing, Nutrition and Athletic Training, among other disciplines. Held in the warm clime of Atlanta, ASAHP invited RehabCare to provide perspective on the challenges and needs of the employer community in healthcare.

Jason Zachariah, SVP, HRS for RehabCare, and Anthony Disser, SVP, Chief Clinical Officer for Kindred Healthcare, reviewed the disciplines in highest demand. They discussed the need to prepare students for an interdisciplinary approach to healthcare and the importance of managing care transitions. Jason and Tony stressed that employers such as RehabCare and Kindred must continue working together with academia to better prepare future clinicians to coordinate and deliver high quality patient care at the lowest possible cost. RehabCare received great feedback on the presentation from attending deans and the Association.

Pictured, from left to right: Anthony Disser lunching with Dr. Craig Jackson, Dean from Loma Linda University and Dr. Peggy Valentine, the Dean from Winston-Salem State University 

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