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Megan Cherry, AuD, CCC-A
President, Michigan Audiology Coalition

Another great year has come and gone for the Michigan Audiology Coalition! Despite difficulty with the current COVID-19 pandemic, audiologists in Michigan have continued to adapt and grow. We continue to set high expectations for ourselves and for our great profession. Collectively, we have contributed in unprecedented ways to ensure that our patients needs are addressed. As we leverage our organization’s mission to foster the growth, development, recognition, and status of the profession of Audiology and its members within the state of Michigan, it is important that we also take time to focus on our own mental and emotional wellness. It is vital that we mark this year as a year of growth and renewal. We have learned how to utilize online meetings, virtual visits, and other contact-free methods of helping our patients. There have been benefits to these adaptations, including the utilization of online CEU webinars and virtual happy hours (including one with the Ohio Academy of Audiology) that have allowed our members to engage in different ways than before.

As we transition into another exciting year at the MAC, I would like to share a few important updates and highlight some new events that have happened thus far. We have been working diligently with our lobbyist on legislations such as HB4698, a cytomegalovirus screening bill, and the LEAD-K HB 5836. Additionally, we successfully held an in-person state conference with a specific pediatric-focused track. We were fortunate to recruit diverse speakers, many of whom are Michigan-based audiologists. We have revamped the mug club with new, beautiful mugs and continue to engage with our members in new ways. Introduction of GlueUp management software has also afforded us the opportunity to utilize an app for communication, easier email campaigns, membership tracking, more secure financial transactions, and streamlining much of the conference process.

I am grateful for everyone in the MAC community who has extended their support, time, and effort this past year. You have helped us navigate these unprecedented times. On behalf of the Michigan Audiology Coalition Executive Board: Thank You! I am excited to see what we will accomplish next.

Megan Cherry, AuD, CCC-A
President, Michigan Audiology Coalition