2019 Chapter of the Year Award
Pat Strnad, audiologist and co-owner of Medina Hearing Aid and Cleartone Hearing Aid Service, was awarded with the 2019 Chapter of the Year Award by the International Hearing Society (IHS). Pat has been the president of the Hearing Healthcare Alliance of Ohio for the past four years, a state Chapter of IHS.
The 2019 Chapter of the Year Award recognizes the chapter that has made the most significant contributions to the profession through chapter development, advocacy, public relations, and meeting/educational initiatives. The Hearing Healthcare Alliance of Ohio is best recognized by its members for its sense of community and its commitment to advocacy. Pat has been dedicated in keeping members abreast of what is happening from a legislative and regulatory perspective, maintaining an active presence in policy and letting members know about update training opportunities.
Over the past year and a half Pat worked diligently with her board members to navigate a proposed licensing board merger with the audiology and speech pathology board, including securing two board seats for hearing aid specialists when originally none were proposed. Not only has the chapter built strong relationships with their new licensing board staff, but has successfully worked to change the licensing cycle to biennial licensing, and to decrease - and in some cases – eliminate a number of the fees associated with licensure.
Pat recommended that they update their website to the IHS platform, which allows members to access both chapter and IHS news through an easily navigated site, and they make great use of social media by using Facebook to post a variety of updates and news, and, this year, featured testimonial videos by several members about the importance of joining and belonging to the association. This forward-thinking association also uses technology to its advantage to maximize member engagement through its use of an email marketing system.
The chapter hosts two one-day educational seminars per year to provide an update on national and international happenings as well as educational seminars to enhance knowledge and skills of hearing healthcare individuals in Ohio. The chapter also takes part in the Mid-America Hearing Conference, a three state conference, each year – reinforcing their commitment to provide ample educational opportunities to Ohio’s hearing healthcare providers.
Pat has recently given the President’s gavel to her president-elect and is taking on the post of education chair.