The Ohio Osteopathic Association's Board of Trustees is asking the House of Delegates to approve a series of amendments to the OOA Constitution and Bylaws that will streamline and improve the governance of the association as part of a three-year strategic plan.
"The current structure of the association was initially developed in the 1940's," said OOA President Schield M. Wikas, DO. "The amendments are designed to facilitate electronic communications and network DOs more effectively based on changing referral patterns and hospital affiliations."
The proposed amendments:
The goals of the one-year strategic planning process, led by Mel Marsh of Acorn Consulting were to:
The Strategic Planning Committee and staff spent nearly eight months interviewing board members, conducting and compiling the results of student, resident, member and non-member surveys, holding focus groups, and analyzing the strengths and weaknesses of the current organization. Click here for a PDF of the complete OOA Environmental Analysis 2010, which contains the results of studies, surveys, focus groups and supplemental materials. (NOTE: The Environmental Analysis with appendices is 167 pages long and make take additional time to download or print.)
The OOA House of Delegates will also be asked to approve the OOA Strategic Plan 2011-2013. The proposed strategy revises the OOA mission statement and recommends adapting the American Osteopathic Association's strategic plan acronym as the framework for the OOA's goals -- Ohio's G.R.E.A.T. Family of DOs:
GOVERNANCE – Update the OOA Governance structure to reflect current needs
RESEARCH – Strengthen osteopathic research in Ohio
EDUCATION – Reengineer the osteopathic CME system to meet the needs of all stakeholders
ADVOCACY – Continue to advocate for health care reform, representing the needs and rights of osteopathic physicians and increase public awareness of and appreciation for osteopathic medicine
TEAMWORK/FAMILY – Cultivate affinity to the OOA and osteopathic family by focusing on development of personal and professional relationships