A Letter from the President, Adam Miller: December 2022

Published in Orthotics & Prosthetics on December 21, 2022

Adam Miller

By Adam Miller, President, OPGA

We have made it to the middle of the holiday season. 2022 seems like it flew by in the blink of an eye, and like me, I’m sure you are heavily engaged in the frenzy of closing out 2022 on a high note and planning for 2023. Somewhere in that hustle and bustle of the holidays and year-end work, we focus on what we accomplished and what we hope to in the coming year. In the four short months since assuming the role of President of OPGA, I have learned one thing very quickly, and that is that the O&P profession is full of great people at every level. From OPGA members to supplier partners, I have been very lucky to meet so many talented clinicians, savvy professionals, passionate advocates, and inspiring human beings. 

As I look forward to 2023, I reflect on what OPGA’s role is in the profession and how we can continue to bring value to our members and partners. One thing is certain: OPGA will continue to invest our time, focus, and energy toward bringing the most value we can to our most important partner, which is you, the OPGA member. We recently invited you to partake in the OPGA Engagement Survey to help us tailor our offerings to better suit what you need and want. If you haven’t taken a few minutes to complete that, please do so here. Thank you to those who have already completed this survey. Your valuable feedback allows us to continue listening to you.

Be on the lookout for some announcements in the coming months regarding several new and exciting supplier partners. We have been hard at work to finalize contracts with supplier partners that will not only offer your business savings, but perhaps just as importantly, innovative new revenue streams. 

We will also be making some great enhancements to our educational offerings and services through VGM Education. As always, OPGA will continue to be heavily involved in advocacy. From the state to the federal level, we will continue to be a strong voice in advocating for issues that move our profession forward while keeping you up to date with developments along the way. 

To say I am excited for 2023 would be an understatement. Thank you so much for your continued partnership and loyalty to OPGA, all that you do for our profession, and most importantly, the skilled care you provide your patients. You make a difference, and we are proud to play a small part in helping you do what you do. 

Happy, Merry, and Safe Holidays from the OPGA family to yours.


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