Headquarter's Report: ADA Strategic Plan— A Roadmap for 2019 and Beyond

Author: Stephanie Czuhajewski, CAE, Executive Director

ADA member input informed the design the ADA strategic plan, and with your help, many initiatives have been undertaken. Please find the current plan and key initiatives below.

ADA Mission: To advance practitioner excellence, high ethical standards, professional autonomy and sound business practices in the provision of quality audiologic care.

ADA Vision: Practitioner ownership of the profession of audiology through the advancement of autonomous practice models.

The ADA strategic plan contains three pillars and aligned goals to support the ADA mission and vision: Education – Advocacy – Resources (EAR).
Promote evidence-based practice
Clinical and business
Public education and awareness
Ensure autonomy
Protect scope of practice
Remove barriers to patient access
Designed to foster ownership of the profession through practice ownership
Support students and early career

The ADA Board of Directors is committed to advancing initiatives that align with the strategic goals as requested and supported by ADA members. Key initiatives carried forward for 2019 include:
  • Advocate for the Audiology Patient Choice Act.
  • Conduct additional federal and state advocacy initiatives to protect audiology’s scope of practice.
  • Petition regulators and agencies to remove regulations that pose barriers to patient access to audiologists.
  • Create educational programming and resources that support the 12 recommendations contained in the 2016 NASEM report, Hearing Health Care for Adults: Priorities for Improving Access and Affordability.
  • Provide tools, education, and resources to assist audiologists in successfully expanding their service portfolios and creating innovative, sustainable, profitable models of care.
  • Implement the ADA Audiology Practice Accreditation Program.
  • Expand the Student Academy of Doctors of Audiology and Early Career Professional resources.
  • Explore practice financing models and resources that promote autonomous practice.
  • Identify evidence-based practices in product sourcing and purchasing for audiologists.
  • Create resources to assist audiologists in using audiologists’ assistants in their practices.
  • Participate as a partner in the Audiology Project to promote the audiology-based medical management of chronic diseases.
  • Establish and foster relationships with agencies and organizations that can assist in raising awareness about hearing health issues and the importance of audiology.
  • Create presentations and resources for audiologists to use to raise awareness within their communities. Implement the ADA Mastermind Program.
  • Create presentations for audiologists to use to raise awareness about audiologic health and audiology within their communities.
Please consider joining an ADA committee to help advance one or more of these initiatives. ADA needs you! In the meantime, please contact me at sczuhajewski@audiologist.org if you have any questions, or if I can assist you in any way. Happy New Year!