Dear OAA members:
On behalf of the Oregon Academy of Audiology board I want to welcome you to our new website and to OAA’s next 20 years. I am honored to serve as your President for 2015. As president I will continue to help make OAA a unified and vocal organization that represents the interests of all Audiologists in our state.
2014 brought a celebration of the academy’s 20 years serving in Oregon. In these years OAA has been influential in many legislative goals such as: single licensure for audiologists, universal newborn screening in Oregon, worker compensation reimbursement for audiological services, mandated pediatric coverage for hearing aids for Oregon insurance plans, cochlear implant coverage, and an amendment of HB 2101 to allow audiologists licensed in Oregon to supervise trainees.
As a member of OAA you will receive discounted rates to OAA sponsored conferences and events. We also have a new and improved web directory listing that will make it easy for member networking and for consumers to locate audiologists in their area. We will also keep you updated on our latest legislative efforts.
In 2015 OAA will continue to develop the website to make it more dynamic. We will work toward building membership, increasing the use of email blasts and newsletters to update members of professional opportunities and legislative issues, continue to develop the student committee to be a source of information and support for Oregon’s Audiology students (both undergraduate and graduate), and provide support and networking capabilities for recent graduates establishing themselves in the Oregon audiology community.
Remember, OAA is only as good as it’s membership. We want to understand your needs and concerns. We encourage you to share your stories and build a community. Our goal is to make OAA your “go to” place for your professional needs.
Evonne Serpa, Au.D.