Mission and Vision

ASAHP’s mission is to improve health through excellence in education, interprofessional collaboration, leadership, research, and advocacy. ASAHP’s vision is that by 2020, the Association will be a leading interprofessional voice for better health and health care. To achieve ASAHP’s mission and vision, the focus will be onthe following five strategic objectives:

  • Interprofessionalism
  • Innovation & New Services Development
  • Advocacy
  • Alliances & Partnerships
  • Marketing, Promotion, & Growth

Benefits of Membership

Institutional Profile Survey: Contribute data and benefit from a comprehensive yearly statistical profile of member institutions.

Allied Health Leadership Development Program: Designed to train new deans, associate/assistant deans, and department chairpersons.

Representation on the Federal Level: Benefit from the direct access for representation on national task forces, committees, and advisory commissions.

Representation in Health Organizations: Serve on various accrediting bodies and organizations, such as the Association for Prevention Teaching and Research.

Publications: Receive complimentary subscriptions to the Association’s monthly newsletter TRENDS and its official scholarly publication, the Journal of Allied Health. Every member and affiliate receives the Annual Membership and Resource Directory. Institutional and Agency members also receive the biweekly ASAHP UPDATE electronically.

Networking: Increase personal, professional, and institutional networks with leaders in the health professions.

Professional Development: Participate in highly advanced professional development activities through the Association’s sponsored and co-sponsored conferences and meetings.

Research and Development: Become involved with innovative research, development, and action-oriented projects that have an impact on allied health education, research, and service delivery.

Publicity: Showcase institutions, programs, faculty members and clinical affiliates. Take advantage of lower rates in TRENDS and the Journal of Allied Health for classified and display advertisements.

Reduced Registration Fees: Attend ASAHP conferences and other meetings, including the Annual Conference and the Spring Meeting at a significantly lower rate.

Background Checks: As a result of a partnership with the firm of CertifiedBackground.com, which provides criminal and immunization background checks, ASAHP members are entitled to receive discounts, participate in webinars, and have students in member institutions obtain scholarships in conjunction with the Association’s Scholarship of Excellence Program.

An Allied Health Centralized Application Service (AHCAS) is under development as an online admissions application process for students in respiratory care; radiologic and imaging sciences; and clinical/medical laboratory science. It becomes operational in the Fall 2015 semester.

Members can be considered for receipt of the following honors each year in a ceremony at the Annual Conference: President’s Award, Cultural Pluralism Award, Distinguished Service and Achievement Award, Outstanding Member Award, Legacy of Excellence Award, and the election of ASAHP Fellows.

Types of Membership

Institutional Members
Any institution of higher education or health care institution which offers a degree or certificate in one or more allied health professions, as well as employers utilizing workers from allied health professions, are eligible for Institutional Membership. Through its representative, an Institutional Member has voting privileges and the opportunity to be represented on ASAHP’s Board of Directors. Institutional Representatives are encouraged to participate in all facets of ASAHP’s committee structure, including those committees which deal with issues of governance. Particular to this category of membership is the National Office Update, an ASAHP publication which contains information on legislative activities and funding opportunities as well as policy and position papers.

Affiliate Members
An organization, association, community college, or agency with an interest in the mission and purposes of the Association, but which does not qualify as an Institutional Member is invited to cultivate a liason relationship with ASAHP as an Agency Affiliate. Through it’s representative, an Agency Affiliate may participate in non-governance committees, as well as create and participate in Interest Sections of ASAHP. Like Institutional Members, Agency Affiliates receive National Office Update.


ASAHP’s mission is advanced to a significant degree by a wide range of activities undertaken by several committees and task forces. These groups assist in generating position papers, conducting conferences and symposia, and developing policy in areas such as accreditation. They also contribute to the professional growth of those who serve on them.

Examples are:

Enhance network formation through formal meetings and exchanges of information.

Establish international linkages by planning and participating in periodic world congresses.

Furnish assistance in identifying research funding opportunities and participating in research workshops.

Sponsor workshops at ASAHP annual conferences and examine innovative ways to advance research productivity by faculty.

Work with other organizations to improve the accreditation process.

Liaison Activities

ASAHP has established liaison with many other associations and organizations to pursue goals of mutual benefit. Examples are:

Allied Health Research Institute

Association of Specialized and Professional Accreditors

Bureau of Health Professions of the U.S. Public Health Service

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs

Department of Veterans Affairs

Federation of Associations of Schools of the Health Professions

Health Professions Network

National Network of Health Career Programs in Two-Year Colleges

National Society of Allied Health