SERVE Center Honors NMCAA as Community Partner of the Year

The Northeast Missouri Community Action Agency (NMCAA) received the “Community Partner of the Year Award” and was recognized at the Community Partner Appreciation Luncheon, Oct. 30.

The Community Partner of the Year Award is given by the SERVE Center to an outstanding community member or agency that has worked closely with the University to promote public scholarship amongst Truman students.

NMCAA was nominated by the Communication Disorders program at Truman, which operates the Speech and Hearing Clinic. The NMCAA brings hundreds of children to the clinic for annual speech-language and hearing screenings for all those enrolled in their Early and regular Head Start programs. 

The outreach of NMCAA to the CMDS program has allowed students to gain experience through opportunities to present, observe and research the population served by Early Head Start and Head Start.

Past research projects have focused on examining the validity of a common instrument used for screening speech-language development, identifying a checklist for early signs of autism, and examining staff and parent perceptions of the speech-language development in children attending Head Start.

The collaboration between NMCAA and Truman’s Speech and Hearing Clinic has worked to ensure that cooperative arrangements are developed, implemented and preserved for the community and CMDS students.