Allied Health Professions Week supplement features Heather Ramsdell

Research by Heather Ramsdell, right, professor in ECU's College of Allied Health Sciences, was featured in a News and Observer special section on Health Professions Appreciation Week.

By Kit Roberson

The ECU College of Allied Health Sciences is celebrating Allied Health Professions Week Nov. 6 – 12.

Allied health professionals constitute 60 percent of all health care providers and work in both the public and private sector.  Clinical lab scientists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, rehabilitation counselors, health information managers, speech-language pathologists, physician assistants and some 80 other professional disciplines perform assessment, provide essential services, support physicians, nurses and dentists and profoundly influence the quality of health care provided across North Carolina and the country.

In celebration of health care workers who provide highly skilled, safe and quality care, The News & Observer partnered with The Council for Allied Health in North Carolina to produce a special section, Celebrating Allied Health Professions Appreciation Week that was included in the Sunday, Nov. 6 newspaper.  The supplement includes an article (p. 5) on Heather Ramsdell’s research on language development.

Ramsdell is assistant professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders.

As North Carolina’s first and only college of allied health sciences, East Carolina University is the largest provider of allied health professionals in the state.  Approximately 800 undergraduate and graduate students are enrolled in the school’s seven departments. They are led by more than 75 full-time faculty.