Secretary — External
Kari Woodruff Neville
Senior Clinical Specialist
Member Since: 1997
Elections Committee Questions:
What do you see as the biggest challenge facing the AARC and what do you recommend to address it?
With the recent Pandemic, visibility of Respiratory Therapists has increased significantly. Many members and nonmembers do not feel they are represented as well as they should be by the media and the AARC. Many Respiratory Therapists do not understand what the AARC does for them the relationship the AARC has with the NBRC, COARC, ARCF, and other like organizations. Our challenge is to change the negative perception of the organization, be more visible, be more transparent in the processes of the AARC, and help publicize exactly how the AARC benefits the profession. The board is already off to a good start with it’s recent strategic planning sessions and so many opportunities to re-engage the members. I would like to continue to contribute to these efforts by increasing our resources toward public relations as well as providing tools to our affiliates to educate not only nonmembers but the public about our amazing profession.
What ideas do you have to help todays Respiratory Therapist recover from the pandemic and what do you feel is the main issue Respiratory Care Practitioners are facing, and what key solutions should be addressed to support our profession?
Respiratory Therapy has proven to be an integral part of the patient care team. Being among one of the newer professions on this healthcare team, it is still operating with a lower level of education therefore a lower level of respect in the healthcare setting. Moving toward RRT/Bachelors degree minimum and the Advanced level practitioner will raise the bar for our profession. The board has already been working toward these goals as well as legislation that improves reimbursement for these higher level practitioners. One of our problems in pushing forward is lack of membership which in turn means lack of representation when fighting for legislation. We not only need to move forward with tools to help educational institutions raise the level of education but with increasing support through membership. I would like to work with to board and the membership committee on growing our membership so we have more power to move these initiatives forward. Our voice needs to be louder!
Promoting the profession is considered one of the greatest opportunities, what are your ideas to help realize this opportunity?
I have always had a passion for growing our young leaders, and I believe this is key to moving the organization and profession forward. During my current term as Director at Large, I have been working on committees that have focused on the engagement of this younger generation through transparency and increasing our social media presence. Previously, at the state level, I developed a student chapter that is still very involved in the recruitment of new members as well as new leaders within the state of Colorado. Over the past few years, I have provided guidance to several states on how to start such programs. I would like to help more affiliates to engage students at a level that will help with the retention and growth of our future leaders. I would also like to help the AARC create ways to communicate more effectively to the public about the value of the respiratory care professional through an increased presence in social media and public media outlets.