On May 19, 2021, U.S. Representatives Bobby L. Rush (D-IL) and Markwayne Mullin (R-OK), along with U.S. Senators Bob Casey (D-PA) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), announced the introduction of bipartisan, bicameral legislation to diversify America’s health-care workforce, specifically among five allied health professions severely lacking in racial and ethnic diversity.
The Allied Health Workforce Diversity Act would provide grant funding to colleges and universities to make audiology, physical therapy, occupational therapy, respiratory therapy, and speech-language pathology programs more accessible to underrepresented communities, including racial and ethnic minorities.
The Academy worked closely with colleagues representing the other professions reflected in this legislation to secure this reintroduction. Identical legislation passed the House of Representatives in the 116th Congress.
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On July 16, 2021, the Nova Southeastern University Student Academy of Audiology (SAA) chapter held their annual Capitol Hill Day through a completely virtual format. Students and professors started out the day with an advocacy overview with the Academy’s Senior Director of Government Relations Susan Pilch, JD. Students, professors, and Academy staff then attended virtual…
Academy Urges Health and Human Services to Recognize Role of Audiologists with Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid Devices
Today, Academy President Angela Shoup, PhD, sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of the Health and Human Services (HHS), The Honorable Xavier Becerra, to express the Academy’s concerns about the Administration’s oversimplification of hearing loss and treatment in the advancement of over-the-counter (OTC) devices, as reflected in President Biden’s recent Executive Order and accompanying fact…
President Biden’s Executive Order Aimed at Improving Competition Highlights Over-the-Counter Hearing Aids
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