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January 2011 Board Meeting Highlights 

Below is a recap of our Academy virtual board meeting, January 13–14, 2011. Last January, we inaugurated our first annual virtual meeting, in order to “go green” and help minimize expenses in this time of frugality. The 2011 virtual meeting was highly productive, despite the fact that members (other than the Executive Committee who were present in the Academy Headquarters in Reston, VA) were not sitting face to face with each other, but instead, conversing for two half-days via teleconference.

January 2011 Academy Board Meeting Recap

I mentioned the Forbes Group in my AT E-Newsletter recap of the October board meeting, and this group of experts continues to offer guidance as we go forward with updating our strategic plan. We are in a challenging era as far as strategic planning goes, given the rapidity of change occurring in healthcare reform, congressional turnovers and shifts, changes in socio-demographics, the ups and downs of the economy, technological advances, and a number of other forces. We will keep you posted as we continue to work on developing a strong and secure future for the Academy and the profession. In fact, later this month, you will be able to contribute to the future of the Academy by participating in a survey that’s also mentioned in this E-Newsletter.

Following our meeting with the Forbes Group, we met with our governmental affairs advisors to discuss advocacy initiatives for the 112th Congress. Among other initiatives, we plan to continue working toward direct access as well as other legislative and regulatory enterprises to raise the status of our profession in the years to come.

A number of motions were put forth on the second day of our virtual board meeting, including the following:

  • Approved the following slate for the American Academy of Audiology Foundation Board of Directors: Jim Beauchamp, Francis Kuk, Joscelyn Martin, Hilary Rosenstrauch, and Don Schum
  • Approved the following for Life Membership: Bradford Melancon, Joe Melcher, Garr Crookston, Thomas Hemeyer, Mary Watts, and Bernard Shaw
  • Agreed to make the Student Academy of Audiology AudiologyNOW! Planning Committee a standing committee of the Academy’s AN Program Committee

On the evening of the first day of the virtual board meeting, the Executive Committee met with representatives of the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA). We were pleased to learn that the HLAA is interested in potential collaborative efforts between the two organizations, such as joining hands-on legislative and regulative campaigns, as well as working together on other projects. Similarly, we met on Friday morning with representatives from the National Institute for Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD). This was also a pleasant and productive endeavor in which ideas were discussed regarding research opportunities related to hearing loss and tinnitus, as well as well as research training and career development in these areas.

I hope this recap has provided you with some insight into at least a sliver of what the Academy Board’s work involves and I will keep you posted on our progress as we go forward with our efforts on behalf of the Academy and the profession.