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Spotlight on SIG 17, Global Issues in Communication Science and Disorders

by Joyce Huh
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Are you a communication sciences and disorders (CSD) professional interested in collaborating with others on an international level? Read on to learn about SLP Joyce Huh’s experience in SIG 17.

When did you join your SIG—and what made you want to join?

I joined SIG 17 in 2014, and have been serving on its coordinating committee since 2016. I was interested in joining SIG 17 to be a part of a community of like-minded thinkers and leaders in the field, and to learn how to best conduct clinical work on a global level, with sustainability and cultural sensitivity at the forefront.

How has your involvement with the SIG helped you in your career?

I annually volunteer in Haiti, where I’m a co-founder of a speech-language initiative at several school sites. The SIG 17 Community Portal is an incredibly useful resource to understand how other colleagues conduct their respective projects abroad, and to learn about sustainable and evidence-based practices used by internationally based clinicians.

How do you carve out time to volunteer with the SIG while working in your full-time job and balancing other commitments? What advice would you give to someone who’d like to get more involved in the SIG, including how you get support from your supervisor/institution?

I approach my SIG 17 duties as part of my overall role as an SLP. It also helps when other members of SIG 17 take it equally seriously. We schedule monthly phone meetings well in advance, are in constant correspondence via email, and are all held accountable in terms of our involvement. All of this feeds into the larger picture of what it means to be a well-rounded clinician and leader in the field, and my work supervisors have been generally very understanding and supportive of my role in SIG 17.

What upcoming events related to or sponsored by your SIG should everyone know about? Chats, conferences or convention events?

We have a number of exciting events coming up in the fall! Be on the lookout for our webchat collaboration with SIG 14 in October, as well as our short course and affiliates’ meeting at the ASHA Convention in Boston!

What is your favorite recent Perspectives article, and why?

I really enjoyed Melissa Randazzo’s and Felicidad Garcia’s article in the latest Perspectives (“An International Service Delivery Model for Sustainable Practices: Insights From Cambodia”), which features their sustainable international service delivery model in Cambodia. Their approach is a combination of training local and foreign health care workers in providing direct services, which mirrors a similar model to how my colleagues and I work in Haiti. The case study featured in the article was also a particular highlight. Definitely check it out!

Joyce Huh, MS, CCC-SLP, is the senior speech-language pathologist at Ascend Rehab Services, Inc. She serves as a member-at-large on the coordinating committee of Special Interest Group 17, Global Issues in Communication Sciences and Related Disorders. joyce.huh@gmail.com


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