Addressing Health and Educational Inequities in Tribal Communities Through Targeted Recruitment of American Indian and Alaska Native Early College Students: A Pilot Project
This project will highlight the specific speech-language pathology (SLP) and audiology (AuD) service needs of American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities throughout the country by presenting statistics on low academic achievement and health disparities in AI/AN communities at recruitment events targeting AI/AN undergraduate students at several universities. The first phase of this project, which is underway, is the development of culturally responsive recruitment materials (e.g., 5-10 minute video) that highlights service needs in tribal communities. The video will highlight AI/AN children and adults with communication disabilities and depict practicing speech-language pathologists and audiologists who identify as being AI/AN. This video along with a website containing mentoring resources will be completed by June 2018. The second phase of this project, which will take place in the fall 2018, is to partner with university programs that have a communication science and disorders undergraduate program and an on-campus AI/AN student resource center. This partnership will allow for one on-campus recruitment night in which the video will be showed to approximately 20-30 AI/AN freshmen and sophomore students at these institutions. Students will be surveyed to obtain feedback on the video and to probe for interest in learning more information about the fields of SLP and AuD. The project will be presented as model for how universities can host targeted recruitment events for AI/AN students with a focus on two maternal and child health professions (audiology and speech-language pathology) that urgently need AI/AN professionals.