National External Advisory Committee
- Members consist of nationally prominent individuals with strong experience and commitment to Deaf Health promotion
- These individuals provide guidance and feedback incorporating national perspective on NCDHR's strategies and goals
Executive Director, Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA). HLAA is the nation's leading organization representing people with hearing loss, providing assistance and resources on communication access, public policy, research, public awareness, and service delivery.
Senda Benaissa, MPH
Research Associate, Gallaudet Research Institute, Graduate School and Professional Programs, Gallaudet University. Work related expertise: measuring accessibility health care for Deaf people, functional assessment, international classification of functioning, disability and health (ICF), international disability and disability survey.
Nancy J. Bloch
Nancy J. Bloch joined Snap Telecommunications Inc. (Snap!VRS) in April 2011 in a consultancy role.As Chief Regulatory Liaison and Advisor, she draws on nearly twentyyears of experience in oversight of telecommunications regulations impacting individuals with disabilities.She is also President of Touchpoint Group, LLC, a management, leadership and technology consulting enterprise. Previously she served as Chief Executive Officer of the National Association of the Deaf (1992 to 2011), which safeguards the civil, human and linguistic rights of deaf and hard of hearing individuals.She serves on the NCDHR EAC on behalf of the NAD.
Marcia Dugan (deceased)*
Former president of International Federation of Hard of Hearing People (IFHOH). IFHOH works closely with the World Health Organization, having agreed a two-year join work program for developing countries with the Prevention of Blindness and Deafness section of that organization.
Dugan was president of the Self-Help for Hard of Hearing People (SHHH, now called Hearing Loss Association of America, HLAA) from 1996 to 1998 and was also president of the Rochester, NY, chapter of SHHH. She authored self-help books for people who are hard of hearing.
www.ifhoh.org and www.hearingloss.org
* February 2010: NCDHR and its community partners were saddened to learn that a long-time supporter of Deaf Health research has passed away after a courageous battle with leukemia.
David Ebert. M.D.
David Ebert, MD, is medical director of the Deaf Access Program, a medical practice serving people who are Deaf in Chicago, Illinois. The program provides primary care services at multiple locations in the Chicago area within Access Community Health Network, a large, federally-qualified health center network. Accessible, comprehensive services, including mental health, specialties, laboratory and testing, and inpatient services are made available through collaborative arrangements with affiliated inpatient and specialty services of other healthcare institutions in the region, and local mental health services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. All of the services together have 6,000 to 7,000 visits by Deaf patients every year.
www.deafaccessprogram.com, or www.DavidEbertMD.medem.com/DeafAccess
T. Alan Hurwitz, Ed. D
Dr. T. Alan Hurwitz became the 10th President of Gallaudet Uuniversity on January 1, 2010. Before coming to Gallaudet, Dr. Hurwitz had a long and distinguished career as President of the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID), one of eight colleges within the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), Rochester, NY and Vice-President and Dean of RIT, positions he assumed July 1, 2008. He is former President of the National Association of the Deaf and World Organization of Jewish Deaf. Hurwitz currently serves as EAC’s chair.
Advocate for deaf and hard-of-hearing people. Levinson is a partner at Kornetsky & Associates, A CPA firm in San Francisco. He has served in a variety of leadership roles at the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (AG Bell), including two terms on the board of directors (1981-1995 and 2002-2008) and as AG Bell president during the Centennial Celebration from 1988-1990. AG Bell is a lifelong resource, support network, and advocate for listening, learning, talking, and living independently with hearing loss.
Chief, Community Services of North Carolina, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation. Formerly Administrator of Telecommunication Access of North Carolina (TANC). TANC has been serving Deaf, Deaf-Blind, hard of hearing, and speech-impaired people since 1991. TANC administers Telecommunication Relay Service (TRS) and Telecommunications Equipment Distribution Program (TEDP). TANC enables standard telephone users to communicate with Deaf, Deaf-Blind, hard of hearing, and speech-impaired individuals who use a text telephone or an assistive telecommunication device.
Philip Zazove, M.D.
Dr. Philip Zazove, M.D., is a Family Medicine physician from the University of Michigan and author of When The Phone Rings, My Bed Shakes, an autobiography about his life as a deaf physician. Working at the University of Michigan, he has several clinical and research interests, which include health services issues of Deaf and Hard of Hearing people, incorporating genetics into primary care settings, rising health care costs, and continuous quality improvement. Dr. Zazove's second book, heavily involving Deaf culture, entitled Four Days In Michigan, is due for release in October 2009.
Last Updated: 8/5/2011