The success of the AAST is due largely to volunteer committee members who provide an invaluable service to the association. By contributing through diverse activities and projects, committees and councils assist the organization in advancing and promoting the sleep technology profession.
Service on a committee or council is a three-year appointment. AAST currently has five standing committees and two councils on which members can serve:
- CEC Accreditation Committee
- Program Committee
- Standards and Guidelines Committee
- Healthcare Reform Committee
- Educational Advisory Committee
- Membership Advisory Council
- Strategic Content Council
CEC Accreditation Committee
The charge of the CEC Accreditation Committee is to review and recommend CE credits for sleep educational activities, including courses, lectures, workshops and computer based learning activities ensuring that all meet high standards and fulfill the CEC Program criteria approved by the AAST Board of Directors.
The charge of the Program Committee is to prepare the educational program content for the AAST Annual Meeting, and courses that meet the training and continuing education needs of the sleep profession. The Program Committee, working with designated staff, will identify relevant, diverse and cutting-edge topics and associated speakers to include within annual meeting schedule to meet the educational needs of the AAST membership and conference attendees.
Standards and Guidelines Committee
The charge of the Standards and Guidelines Committee is to develop and update appropriate technical guidelines and competencies, position statements, educational guidelines, care plans, and other tools for evaluation and monitoring patients with sleep disorders based on literature review, expert opinion, consensus, and the American Academy of Sleep Medicine accreditation standards and Clinical Practice Parameters.
Educational Advisory Committee
The Education Advisory Resource Committee (EAC) is a resource group of volunteers who will be guided by the AAST staff to strategize initiatives, guide best practices, and serve as ambassadors. Advisory members are visionaries, thought-leaders, strategizers, and ambassadors that come from AAST’s many constituencies.
Healthcare Reform Committee
The charge of the Healthcare Reform Committee is to define and defend the sleep technologist’s unique professional occupation within value-based healthcare and establish outcomes-based documents that support its impact on patient safety. The purpose of this committee is derives from the need to defend non-adherence consequences to population health and the critical role sleep technologists play in reducing the cost of non-adherence. This committee will identify a body of outcomes-based research and catalog existing gaps in the current literature that supports both the increase in quality and reduction in cost when sleep education services are utilized.
Strategic Content Council
The Strategic Content Council will help guide the content strategy for AAST, playing an instrumental role in the development of themes and topics, identifying sources, and providing input on content format and channels for delivery.
Membership Advisory Council
The Membership Advisory Council will support membership recruitment, renewal and engagement imperatives. This group will assist with outreach and will connect with members one-on-one, sharing thoughts and insights on perceived member value.