2020 Call for Volunteers

The Power of Participation: Enhance Your Membership Experience & Make a Difference

We invite you to volunteer with the American School Health Association (ASHA). ASHA’s member volunteer opportunities bring together a wide range of individuals with expertise in multiple disciplines related to healthy schools, as well as anyone who wants to help ASHA realize our mission to transform all schools into places where every student learns and thrives. ASHA relies on its members to provide volunteer leadership and support for its programs, events, products, and publications. Make the most out of your membership and volunteer today.

ASHA offers many volunteer opportunities ranging from high participation levels (Board of Directors) to projects that enable you to engage throughout the year as your schedule permits. Customize your volunteer experience based on your interests and schedule.

Why participate?

Your participation will help shape the future of school health and provide you with great personal and professional rewards. Your involvement will make a difference.

What do you get in return?

The opportunity to:

  • Help shape the future direction of ASHA programs and initiatives
  • Share your expertise and leverage the expertise of others
  • Enhance your leadership capabilities
  • Connect with like-minded professionals
  • Expand your thinking and discover the next great idea
  • Influence positive change in the environment and behavior fields

What will make you an effective volunteer?

  • Possess knowledge relevant to the purpose of the volunteer opportunity
  • Demonstrate dedication to further ASHA’s goals and those of school health disciplines
  • Exude a positive attitude and high degree of flexibility
  • Have a willingness to learn from others

What is expected of you as a volunteer?

  • Commit to actively participate in all scheduled meetings and conference calls
  • Notify Chairs when you are unable to participate in scheduled meetings and conference calls
  • Act as an ambassador for ASHA

How to participate

If you are interested in becoming more involved with ASHA, please review the descriptions for each of our four (4) organizational committees below and then fill out the volunteer survey.  Current ASHA membership is required to be a volunteer. 


Advocacy & Coalitions Committee

Helps advance ASHA’s mission through participation in collaborative advocacy initiatives and by advising the Board of Directors on pending international, national, state, and local issues and advocacy opportunities that impact school health. The committee works closely with the Chief Staff Executive (CSE) to determine ASHA’s position on important school health issues and to facilitate ASHA’s involvement in government meetings and hearings. The committee also ensures ASHA has a “quick voice” to give immediate responses and comments on issues related to the school health field.

Participation requirements:

  • Participate in telephone conference calls throughout the year
  • Review proposed legislation and advocacy materials sent via email
  • Assist with the development of white papers, policy briefs, and the ASHA advocacy agenda

Leadership Development & Recognition Committee

Helps recognize and acknowledge exemplary and outstanding professional contributions to ASHA and the field of school health as well as the future leaders of the school health community and ASHA. Through the development of ASHA’s recognition and scholarship programs and the Future Leadership Academy, the committee establishes a vehicle to recognize current ASHA Members and new leaders, promotes the public image and effectiveness of the organization, and creates entry points for the development of future ASHA leaders.

Participation requirements:

  • Participate in telephone conference calls throughout the year
  • Review applications for scholarships
  • Review nominations for ASHA awards
  • Recruit candidates for the Future Leaders Academy

Professional Development Committee

Works with ASHA staff to strategize and make suggestions regarding learning opportunities consistent with the mission, strategic plan, and work plan of ASHA. The Committee assists in meeting the learning needs of school health professionals, educators, parents, and other stakeholders. Projects include conference planning, CEUs, online and virtual learning, and subject matter experts.

Participation requirements:

  • Participate in telephone conference calls throughout the year
  • Conference planning – Participate on a conference abstract review committee; Assist with conference and local planning activities
  • Webinars – Assist with ASHA webinars and other virtual learning opportunities
  • CEU – Work with ASHA staff to ensure CEU requirements are met

Research & Publications Committee

Promotes school health knowledge through research and publications. Projects include serving on the Editorial Advisory Council subcommittee which oversees the Journal of School Health (JOSH) and serving on the Research subcommittee which stimulates and promotes high quality individual and group research that supports ASHA’s mission and core beliefs through recommendations to the board, providing assistance on grant applications, and assisting the conference program planning subcommittee in identifying high quality research presentations.

Participation requirements:

  • Participate in telephone conference calls throughout the year
  • Work with JOSH editor and ASHA staff to ensure overall quality of the JOSH
  • Recruit high-quality manuscripts from qualified authors
  • Assist with the development of an ASHA publications plan
  • Recruit high-quality researchers to submit conference abstracts
  • Assist with the development of a research agenda that aligns with ASHA’s mission