ASAE is proud to recognize the following 2019 Power of A Silver Award winners for their work to solve difficult societal problems.

American Society of Anesthesiologists – Leading Change in the Opioid Crisis

As leaders in pain medicine, physician anesthesiologists are uniquely positioned to help stem the opioid crisis through interventions in the surgical setting. ASA embarked on its STOP program by advocating, educating, communicating and collaborating with stakeholders in the hospital, industry, Congress, the executive branch, non-profit organizations and the public to increase awareness of opioid alternatives in the surgical setting and for chronic pain. ASA worked with policymakers on H.R. 6, SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act (signed into law in last October). One provision, developed by ASA, created a Technical Expert Panel to promote reduction of surgical-setting opioid use and encourage perioperative opioid use data collection. ASA was instrumental in another provision that created grant programs for hospitals and acute care settings to develop, implement, or study opioid alternatives for pain management. ASA provided recommendations to the President’s Commission, participated in the CMS Summit on Opioid Crisis and the White House Opioid Summit, met with key administration staff and presented to HHS’s Pain Management Best Practices Interagency Task Force, upon which three ASA members sit.

International Association of Business Communicators – Giving the Gift of Communication

The Gift of Communication allows IABC members to amplify the impact of professional communication as a force for good by partnering with non-profit organizations and NGOs to provide strategic communication planning, consulting, and training that they could otherwise not afford. This allows social service organizations to use the power of communication to expand their own impact across various geographies, missions and areas of positive social influence. IABC partners with United Way chapters and other not-for-profits including, but not limited to animal welfare, disability advocacy organizations, direct social service providers, food banks, homeless shelters, aging services entities, abused women/children’s shelters, education support organizations, and LGBT rights/services organizations.

National Institute of Building Sciences – Shifting Standards for Earthquake Safety

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the National Institute of Building Sciences’ Building Seismic Safety Council (BSSC). This council has marked a tremendous shift in industry standards with regard to earthquake safety and seismic regulations. Prior to 1979, homebuyers were faced with widely varying seismic provisions in building codes and standards. Since then, some areas of the Western United States were early to enforce seismic regulations, but those building code provisions were found to be in need of significant improvement. Because of this, BSSC was established to provide broad representation of experts and stakeholders: structural engineers, seismologists and geotechnical engineers, construction unions, building industry associations, building officials and others. This collaboration established a process for the consensus-based development of the first edition of the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP) Seismic Provisions and the nine revised and updated versions that followed.

The NFC Forum – Changing the World with Innovation and Imagination

Near Field Communication or NFC has changed how a quarter of the people on the planet live, work and play. NFC technology enables simple and safe two-way interactions between electronic devices, allowing consumers to perform contactless transactions, access digital content, and connect electronic devices with a single tap. In Africa NFC is used to access clean water. In India infant medical records are stored on NFC tags. NFC silicon chips are being woven into fabric for medical and sports applications. In many European countries cash has been supplanted by using NFC to pay with your smartphone. In the US NFC is allowing consumers to access product information from product packaging or sync their Fitbit-like device to an exercise machine. In Asia, billions of transactions are occurring annually using NFC. All the major car manufacturers are using NFC to unlock the car and start the engine.

Michigan Realtors – Commemorating the Fair Housing Act with Poetry

Michigan Realtors hosted The Michigan Realtor Fair Housing Poetry Slam in 2018 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act. Entry was available to all undergraduate and graduate students in Michigan who are interested in Acknowledging, Understanding and Embracing diversity, and specifically, Fair Housing. The Poetry Slam was an innovative, elimination-based competition in which participants recited original work. Students submitted their work for a chance at winning scholarship money. The winning student author was filmed reciting her original work in a production piece that premiered during Michigan Realtors annual Convention and disseminated via social media. The winning student was awarded a $2,000 scholarship.

A complete listing of Summit, Gold and Silver winners can be found here. Thank you to all who entered, and congratulations to all the winners.  Nominations will open in January for 2020 recognition.