The National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions is an organization of over 1850 health professions advisors at colleges and universities throughout the United States, and abroad.
NAAHP was established in 1974 to coordinate the activities and efforts of four independent regional associations, so that health professions advisors across the nation could function together and speak with one voice. It has grown steadily from that beginning into an effective national clearing house for opinions of advisors and news from allopathic and osteopathic medicine, chiropractic, dental, nursing, optometry, pharmacy, physical therapy, physician assistant, podiatric medical, public health, speech-language-hearing, and veterinary medical schools. In addition, NAAHP has established partnerships with health professions schools and their organizations through advisor liaisons and an Advisory Council comprised of representatives from these organizations.
The success of NAAHP is directly dependent upon its four regional associations — Central (CAAHP), Northeast (NEAAHP), Southeast (SAAHP) and West (WAAHP) — from which it derives its strength and its membership. NAAHP encourages each regional group and each member to share more fully their experiences and information with other regions and advisors, and has given all advisors a nationally recognized forum in which to state their views and share their research studies through its publication, The Advisor.
Mission of NAAHP
The National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions serves as a resource for the professional development of health professions advisors.
It is a representative voice with health professions schools and their professional associations, undergraduate institutions, and other health professions organizations. The Association promotes high standards for health professions advising at universities and colleges. It assists advisors in fostering the intellectual, personal, and humanistic development of students as they prepare for careers in health professions.
The vision of NAAHP is to become the premier organization educating and supporting health professions advisors. To achieve this vision, NAAHP will strengthen services by:
- Providing a representative voice
- Enhancing technological resources
- Increasing awareness of diversity issues
- Promoting excellence and integrity in the delivery of health professions advising
What makes NAAHP worthwhile?
Through its services, NAAHP gathers, sifts, and disseminates helpful information in a far more effective way than any individual advisor could do independently.
Through a unified voice, advisors can have an impact with health professions schools, associations, and application services by communicating the needs of advisors and their students.
All activities of NAAHP are coordinated with and through the regional associations. Management and control of corporation affairs are vested in the fourteen-member Board of Directors. Each regional association selects two representatives to serve on the Board. The Executive Director serves as an ex-officio member of the Board and is appointed for a three-year term. The Director of Communications, Historian and Program Chair also serve as ex-officio members. Other Board members serve two-year terms. The Executive Director supervises daily affairs of NAAHP. The Executive Committee, composed of the President-Elect, Past-President, President, Secretary, Treasurer and Assistant Treasurer, is elected by the Board of Directors at its annual meeting. The NAAHP by-laws, which provide more detailed information on governance, are available to members on request.