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Strategic Plan for Allied Health Sciences

Context For Planning

The Allied Health Sciences Department (AHS) evolved substantially since the last strategic planning process at GVSU.  Previously, the department focused as an entity for other units in the College of Health Professions by providing the undergraduate curriculum necessary to prepare graduates for application to graduate health profession programs such as Sonography,  Medical Laboratory Science, Physical Therapy, Physician Assistant, Speech Language Pathology, and Occupational Therapy. The interest in these programs increased the number of AHS majors to its current 950, one of the largest undergraduate majors at GVSU. A limitation became apparent whereby not all of those 900+ graduates would be successful in earning acceptance to either GVSU's or other graduate health profession programs. The new direction taken by AHS in 2013 involved development of bachelor degree entry-level health profession that can be offered to the AHS majors. Presently, these programs involve Health Information Management, Respiratory Care (in a cooperative with Muskegon Community College), American Sign Language Interpreting, and Histotechnology. The AHS department has several more bachelor degree entry-level professions under active development.

The department has also engaged with members of our regional community by offering AHS courses through the Kent Intermediate School District (KISD) "Early College Program," Rockford Public Schools with dual enrollment courses, and the GVSU Traverse City location, where the AHS emphasis in Pre-Physician Assistant Studies is offered to compliment the satellite graduate Physician Assistance Studies program approved for the Traverse City location.

The context for this strategic planning effort is a collaborative endeavor between the Unit Head and the faculty of AHS. It is designed to inform and guide the department in future activities that compliment and enhance the strategic plan of the College of Health Professions and the strategic plan of Grand Valley State University. While the department cannot add to all the objectives in the college or university plan, it is able to devote faculty and programmatic resources to address select areas. The process of investigation toward assigning the objectives and metrics found in this document began in Fall 2015 and continued through Winter 2016, with groups of faculty taking ownership of various priority areas. Our intent is to build on the success achieved to date with the range and quality of the AHS curriculum, applied to what has been ascertained of the needs of the college, the university, and our community.

Mission

To prepare exceptional professionals who will impact the health profession today and tomorrow.

Vision

To create a learning environment that fosters critical thinking, professional behavior, and encourages lifelong learning.

Value Statement

As educators in health we hold the following core values:
1. Professional and ethical behavior
2. Respect and appreciation for diversity
3. Lifelong learning
4. Social responsibility

Strategic Priorities, outcomes, and key objectives

Strategic Priority Area 1: Actively engage learners at all levels.

Outcome A: Grand Valley's learning environment is personal, challenging, and transformational, supporting excellent academic programs and co-curricular opportunities.

Objective 1.A.1

For the period of 2016-2020, AHS will provide opportunities for 90% of undergraduate students to participate in at least one high-impact learning experience prior to graduation, in addition to supplemental writing skills, and capstone courses.

Baseline

Currently 60% of undergraduate students participate in at least one high-impact learning experience prior to graduation.

Progress

2019 Status
Achieved
For the period of 2019, students participated in high impact learning through assignments and activities in the following courses: AHS 110, AHS 301, AHS 340, AHS 490, AHS 490, AHS 495, HIM 311, HIM 365. AHS 301, 340, and 495 are required core courses for Allied Health Science (AHS) students; however, many students complete PSY 300 as an equivalent course to AHS 301. HIM 311, HIM 365, are required courses for Health Information Management (HIM) students. Due to these requirements, it seems likely that close to 100% of undergraduate students in AHS programs participate in at least one high-impact learning experience prior to graduation, in addition to supplemental writing skills and capstone courses.

2018 Status
Achieved
For the period of 2018, students participated in high impact learning through assignments and activities in the following courses: AHS 110, AHS 301, AHS 340, AHS 490, AHS 490, AHS 495, HIM 311, HIM 365 (the same number of courses that offer high-impact learning experiences as 2017). AHS 340 and AHS 301 are required core courses for Allied Health Science (AHS) students; however, many students to complete PSY 300 as an equivalent course to AHS 301. HIM 311, HIM 365, are required courses for Health Information Management (HIM) students. Note, due to the high number of students within the AHS program, it is not feasible to give a percentage as originally written in the objective.

Outcome B: Grand Valley is diverse and inclusive.

Objective 1.B.1

Increase diversity, as defined by each program within the Department of Allied Health Sciences, of students, faculty, staff, and administration.

Baseline

15.05% based on data from GVSU Institutional Analysis.

Progress

2019 Status
Substantial Progress
As of Fall 2019, 16.2% of students in AHS programs self-reported as American Indian or Alaskan Native, Asian or Pacific Islander, African American or Black, Hispanic or Latino, or Multi-Ethnic. In addition, 18.8% (3 of 16) of full-time faculty, staff, and administration belong to one of these categories. This is an increase from the combined baseline of 15.05% in 2016.

2018 Status
Substantial Progress
A percentage of 11.5% of AHS students, faculty, and staff self-report as being part of an underrepresented group; this is a decrease from 16.8% during 2017, and a decrease from the baseline in 2016 of 15.05 % of diversity of students, faculty, and staff self-reporting based on reporting from GVSU Institutional Analysis data.

Outcome C: Grand Valley has mutually beneficial relationships, partnerships, collaborations, and connections with local, state, national, and world communities.

Objective 1.C.1

AHS will establish and maintain advisory committees for programs that require accreditation.

Baseline

The only accredited program in AHS, Health Information Management, has an advisory committee is Health Information Management.

Progress

2019 Status
Achieved
The only program within Allied Health Sciences requiring an Advisory Committee is Health Information Management. Health Information Management maintains an Advisory Board, which last met on November 1, 2019.

2018 Status
Achieved
The only program within Allied Health Sciences requiring an Advisory Committee is Health Information Management. Health Information Management held an Advisory Board Meetings in 2018 with a formal agenda, quorum, and recorded minutes.

Outcome D: Grand Valley supports innovative teaching, learning, integrative scholarly and creative activity, and the use of new technologies.

Objective 1.D.1

AHS will utilize learning technologies in all core courses.

Baseline

Blackboard used in all core courses.

Progress

2019 Status
Achieved
As of Fall 2019, all full-time faculty, and those adjunct faculty teaching courses in a hybrid format, have completed GVSU's Hybrid and Online Training Certificate training. All faculty have also been aware of, and many participate in, professional development opportunities related to learning technologies (such as conferences and programs through GVSU's Instructional Design and Learning (IDeL) office).

2018 Status
Achieved
All current full-time faculty and those adjunct faculty teaching courses in a hybrid format have completed GVSU's Hybrid and Online Training Certificate training. All faculty have also been aware of, and many participate in professional development opportunities through conferences, GVSU's Instructional Design and Learning (IDeL), and other conferences where they utilize the learning technologies in their core courses. The content learned is shared during regular Allied Health Science Department meetings.

Strategic Priority Area 2: Further develop exceptional personnel.

Outcome A: Grand Valley's learning environment is personal, challenging, and transformational, supporting excellent academic programs and co-curricular opportunities.

Objective 2.A.1

Applicable programs within the Department of Allied Health Sciences will seek and maintain accreditation.

Baseline

Health Information Management has students enrolled in the program and is actively seeking accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM) following appropriate timelines and requirements established by the accrediting body. Clinical Dietetics from the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) following appropriate timelines and requirements established by the accrediting body.

Progress

2019 Status
Substantial Progress
The only programs within the Allied Health Services department requiring accreditation are the Health Information Management (HIM) and the Clinical Dietetics (CD). HIM is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education. CD is a candidate for full accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). A site visit for full accreditation took place in 2019, and a letter detailing the outcome of this visit is expected in January 2020.

2018 Status
Substantial Progress
The only programs within the Allied Health Services department required accreditation are the Health Information Management (HIM) and the Clinical Dietetics (CD). HIM is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education. CD is in the candidacy stage for full accreditation through the Accreditation Council of Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). CD can apply for full accreditation after two cohorts graduate - the anticipation of meeting this requirement is in 2019.

Outcome B: Grand Valley is diverse and inclusive.

Objective 2.B.1

AHS will contribute and facilitate the implementation of CHP Project Implicit - a specialized self-assessment tool that measures the strength of associations between concepts and evaluations or stereotypes.

Baseline

None, will follow CHP Project Implicit baseline when established.

Progress

2017 Status
Not Yet Initiated
CHP Project Implicit was discontinued by GVSU and replaced with the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) in 2017.

2016 Status
Not Yet Initiated
Data Pending from Project Implicit.

Objective 2.B.2

The Department of Allied Health Sciences faculty and staff will use the Development Inventory (IDI) to establish a baseline of-intercultural development and competence within the department to identify professional development opportunities.

Baseline

None

Progress

2019 Status
Substantial Progress
In 2019, AHS faculty members participated in department trainings pertaining to disability services and cultural competency, as well as trainings at the college level on minoritized stress in higher education and campus safety. In addition, AHS faculty participated in professional development sessions offered by FTLC, inclusion and equity, information technology, and Michigan State University.

2018 Status
Substantial Progress
Educational follow-up opportunities for faculty and staff in 2018 included focused training during department and college faculty meetings. These training for all full-time faculty that included LGBTQIA+ communities (2-part session) and linguistic and language differences, etc. Additionally, multiple faculty members participated in professional development sessions offered by FTLC that focused on intercultural development and competency.

Outcome C: Grand Valley has mutually beneficial relationships, partnerships, collaborations, and connections with local, state, national, and world communities.

Objective 2.C.1

AHS will maintain current and expand with new collaborative community partnerships.

Baseline

Present community affiliations, partnerships and collaborations with Health Information Management practicums (10), MCO for MRI, Muskegon Community College, Kent Intermediate School District, Rockford Public Schools, Northern Michigan College, and Grand Rapids African American Institute (GRAAHI).

Progress

2019 Status
Achieved
Programs within AHS have developed and maintained numerous community partnerships. Health Information Management currently has affiliations with 40 community partners for clinical placements, 10 of which were added in 2019. Clinical Dietetics places students in more than 100 organizations each year.

2018 Status
Achieved
Allied Health Science has maintained all current community affiliations and partnerships with current and new collaborative community partnerships, including:Bronson Healthcare Group (HIM), Catherine’s Health Center (HIM), Sanctuary of the Oaks (HIM), Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services (HIM), Beaumont Health Botsford (HIM), Centura (HIM), University of Michigan Health System (HIM), Michigan Department of Corrections (HIM), Covenant Village of Great Lakes (HIM), Hulst Jespen Physical Therapy (HIM), Cherry Street Health Services (HIM), Allegan General Hospital (HIM), Cancer & Hematology Centers of Western Michigan, PC (HIM), Wedgwood Christian Services (HIM), Providence Pavilion Southfield, MI (HIM), Metro Health OAM Surgery Center (HIM), MDOC Detroit (HIM), Beaumont Royal Oak (HIM), St. Joseph Health System (HIM), Hurley Medical Center (HIM), Priority Health (HIM), Mid-Michigan Gratiot (HIM), The Sports Rehabilitation Center-Georgia (HIM), VA Detroit (HIM), Symphony-Buffalo Grove, Illinois (HIM), Strong Memorial Hospital-New York (HIM) and GVSU Family Health Center (HIM).

Outcome E: Grand Valley strategically allocates its fiscal, human, and other institutional resources.

Objective 2.E.1

AHS will increase resources more representative of the unit's large number of students it teaches to enhance the development of faculty in their field and develop faculty in online technologies for teaching improvement/efficiency.

Baseline

Presently, the department has approximately $5,000 annually to devote to faculty development purposes within their field. Additional resources are needed to modularize elements of AHS courses concomitant to the student credit hours generated by AHS.

Progress

2019 Status
Substantial Progress
In 2019, faculty received CSCE and FTLC grants totaling $8,078, a significant increase from previous years.

2018 Status
Substantial Progress
Allied Health Services faculty obtained a total of seven grants (totaling $5,450) to supplement devoted department money for faculty development.

Strategic Priority Area 3: Ensure the alignment of institutional structures and functions.

Outcome A: Grand Valley's learning environment is personal, challenging, and transformational, supporting excellent academic programs and co-curricular opportunities.

Objective 3.A.1

New program offerings to AHS will be proposed and implemented if approved include 1. BS in Respiratory Care, 2. BS in Applied Food and Nutrition, 3. MS Program in Genetic Counseling 2019, 4. BS in Long Term Care Administration in 2018., and 5) BS Degree Completion Program for HIM 2018.

Baseline

Present programs in AHS include a BS in AHS with emphases in Pre-PAS, Pre-PT, Pre-SLP, Respiratory Care, Histology, and Health Profession Degree Completion.

Progress

2019 Status
Substantial Progress
Four new programs are currently in various stages within the curriculum process. The B.S. in Applied Food and Nutrition has been approved by the university and is awaiting approval by the Board of Trustees. The B.S. in Respiratory Care is currently awaiting review by the Faculty Salary and Budget Committee. The B.S. in Senior Living Management is awaiting college-level review. A new B.S. in Invasive Cardiovascular Science (to be housed, upon approval, in Diagnostic & Treatment Sciences) is under review at by the CHP Curriculum Committee.

2018 Status
Substantive Progress
Allied Health Science department successfully submitted a proposed program for a BS Applied Food and Nutrition which is now at the college curriculum committee for review; a BS in Respiratory Care prospectus was approved and is in the development stages of curriculum, to be submitted to curriculum committee Winter 2019; and a MS in Genetic Counseling. Submission of a BS in Senior Living Management will be made in Winter 2019.

Outcome C: Grand Valley has mutually beneficial relationships, partnerships, collaborations, and connections with local, state, national, and world communities.

Objective 3.C.1

To increase the number of AHS department courses with service learning components and experiential high-impact learning opportunities.

Baseline

Currently ASL 422 and HIM 365 have service learning components.

Progress

2019 Status
Substantive Progress
There have been only minimal changes in the number of AHS department courses with service learning components and experiential high-impact learning opportunities.

2017 Status
Substantive Progress
Currently, ASL 422, HIM 365, AHS 495, CD 510, CD 516, CD 560, CD 550, and CD 505 have service learning components - this is an increase of three courses in 2016.

Strategic Priority Area 4: Enhance the institution's image and reputation.

Outcome A: Grand Valley's learning environment is personal, challenging, and transformational, supporting excellent academic programs and co-curricular opportunities.

Objective 4.A.1

80% of students completing the Health Information Management program will successfully pass the Commission on Accreditation for Health Infomatics and Information Management (CAHIIM) certification on their first attempt.

Baseline

None

Progress

2019 Status
Minimal Progress
In 2019, the first-time pass rate on the CAHIIM certification exam was 58%.

2018 Status
Substantial Progress
Unable to report due to adjustments made by accrediting body (AHIMA).

Outcome C: Grand Valley has mutually beneficial relationships, partnerships, collaborations, and connections with local, state, national, and world communities.

Objective 4.C.1

The AHS department faculty and staff will pursue leadership roles within the community and/or professional organizations.

Baseline

AHS currently does not have a list of faculty in leadership roles, but will compile one.

Progress

2019 Status
Achieved
AHS faculty continue to engage in a variety of service and leadership activities within the community and/or professional organizations. In 2019, faculty reported 14 such leadership positions.

2017 Status
Achieved
Allied Health Science faculty served as leaders on 20 local, state, national. or world community roles. This is an increase of 3 from 2016.

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