From the Chair
With the warm weather upon us we all like to get out and enjoy getting nature’s vitamin D, but everything in moderation. Don’t get overheated and drink plenty of water.
PHI’s Joan Headley to retire
Although I am very happy for Joan, I feel a little sad that I will no longer have a personal connection with the Executive Director of PHI. We will continue to work with PHI to provide support to all polio survivors.
Joan’s Michigan connections included being a speaker at several MPN conferences, working closely with Dr. Fredrick Maynard, and more recently enjoyed a week at the Bay Cliff Health Camp Post-Polio Wellness Retreat.
Following are excerpts from a news release.
Joan L. Headley has announced her retirement, effective September 1, 2017.
She began her work with the organization in 1987 and has been Executive Director of Post-Polio Health International for 28 years.
Joan informed the PHI Board of Directors of her intention “with a sense of accomplishment ... My vision was to go beyond awareness and to provide substantive information that could benefit individuals targeted in our mission, regardless of level of disability, personal philosophy or economic status.
“In addition to polio survivors and users of home mechanical ventilation, a vital part of this effort has been the substantial collaboration with many dedicated healthcare professionals. I have had an opportunity to work with and for extraordinary people.”
“Joan L. Headley has been in a real way the heart of PHI for nearly three decades,” PHI’s Board of Directors said. “She will be greatly missed.”
Building on the work of advocates Gini Laurie and Judith Fischer, Joan greatly expanded networking among polio survivors, ventilator users and medical professionals across the globe during her tenure.
Other accomplishments under her leadership was the creation of PHI’s Research Fund in 1995. She directed the development and growth of communications from PHI and International Ventilator Users Network (IVUN).
PHI’s publications include Post-Polio Health, Ventilator-Assisted Living, the PHI Member-ship Memo and an Association Membership Communiqué for post-polio support groups and organizations. Other resources include the Post-Polio Directory, the Resource Directory for Ventilator-Assisted Living and the Home Ventilator Guide. Additionally, PHI and IVUN has taken positive advantage of social media.
The Board also reaffirmed “our mission of providing accurate and reliable information regarding post-polio syndrome and home mechanical ventilation through Polio Place (polioplace.org and ventnews.org) and through direct contact with our staff.”
A search has begun to hire an executive director to replace Joan and to maintain PHI’s operations.
Have a great Summer and stay cool.