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Age-Related Hearing Loss Task Force Members

Who was on the task force?

The Task Force was made up of health care professionals, representatives of consumer organizations, state agencies, insurance industry representatives and policy makers. Specifically it included:

Health care professionals

  • Dr. James Pacala, Associate Head, U of MN Department of Family Medicine and Community Health
  • Dr. Bevan Yueh, Department Chair, U of MN Otolaryngology
  • Dr. Mark DeRuiter, Associate Dept. Director, U of MN Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences
  • Juliana Milhofer, Minnesota Medical Association

Consumer organizations

  • Monique Hammond, Hearing Loss Association of America, Twin Cities
  • Lyle Hoxtell, Deaf & Hard of Hearing Services Division Regional Advisory Board
  • Rick Nelson, Loop Minnesota

State agencies/divisions

  • John Wodele, Commission of Deaf, DeafBlind & Hard of Hearing Minnesotans
  • Mary Hartnett, Commission of Deaf, DeafBlind & Hard of Hearing Minnesotans
  • Brad Lindsay, Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Jim Miller, Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Darcy Miner, Department of Health
  • Don Bishop, Department of Health
  • David Rosenthal, Deaf & Hard of Hearing Services Division, Department of Human Services
  • Jan Radatz, Deaf & Hard of Hearing Services Division, Department of Human Services
  • Marie Koehler, Deaf & Hard of Hearing Services Division, Department of Human Services
  • Sherilyn Moe, Office of Ombudsman for Long-Term Care
  • Jean Wood, Board on Aging
  • Mark Schulz, Board on Aging

Insurance industry

  • Kathryn Kmit, Minnesota Council of Health Plans

Policy makers

  • Rep. Tom Huntley, Former Minnesota House of Representatives
  • Kari Thurlow, Leading Age
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