National Meeting@ASU for Allied Health Care

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ASU's Dr. Angela Thomas-Davis, serves as the president of the National Society of Allied Health (photo: David Campbell).

ASU Hosts National Society of Allied Health Annual Conference and Meeting

- Founded in 1974, the group is an HBCU membership organization of Allied Health professionals.
By Kenneth Mullinax/ASU
Alabama State University hosted the National Society of Allied Health's Annual Conference and Meeting on campus from March 31-April 1. The event was held  at Alabama State University's John L. Buskey Health Science building. The theme of this year's conference was “The Future of the Allied Health Professions Workforce.”   
The event was coordinated by Dr. Angela Thomas-Davis, associate dean and professor of Occupational Therapy at ASU, who also serves as the president of the National Society of Allied Health (NSAH).
Thomas-Davis said that the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) majority organization is composed of Allied Healthcare professionals, including participating university’s faculty and staff, and various other practitioners in the field.
"Our professional membership organization is committed to improving the health status of Black citizens and marginalized populations across the nation through community service, education, employment and robust research since its inception in 1974," Thomas-Davis said. "Myself and the NSAH board are thankful to ASU President, Dr. Quinton T. Ross, Jr., his leadership team and so many others for support and donations, which made this meeting possible."
Representing ASU on March 31, at the opening session that was held in the Buskey building's Denise Chapman Auditorium, was Colonel Gregory Clark (retired), who serves as the vice president of Institutional Advancement.
Clark, a United States Army veteran, told the assembled professionals that his service to the nation made him most appreciative of all that they contribute to the welfare of the country. He was present to bring greetings on behalf of ASU President Ross and the ASU Board of Trustees.
"As a 33-year veteran of the U.S. Army, no one appreciates Allied Healthcare professionals more than the members of the nation's armed services," Clark stated. "As a small gesture of our appreciation of this national event being held on our historic campus, we were honored to sponsor a reception in their honor at our newest entertainment venue, The Nest, which is located beside The ASU Stadium."
In a written statement to the attendees, ASU's President Ross welcomed the members of the prestigious organization to the campus. 
"We are honored to have this gathering...who represent Historically Black Colleges and Universities from across the country at Alabama State University," Ross shared. "The mission of ASU's College of Health Sciences aligns directly with the NSAH's goal of addressing the health disparities that still exist for the nation's underrepresented and disadvantaged populations." 
News media contact: Kenneth Mullinax, 334-229-4104.