Ms. Akilah Heggs, a PhD student at the School of Public Health at Georgia State University, is the 2016 recipient of the Dr. Robert A. Hull Leadership Award from the Georgia Speech-Language-Hearing Association (GSHA).
[Photo: Ms. Akilah Heggs]
Ms. Heggs, whose concentration is in health promotion, is a clinically trained pediatric audiologist and past-president of the GSHA, a professional organization for people who work in prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of communication, swallowing, and hearing disorders. She spent the first half of her career advocating for the early detection and treatment of hearing loss in infants and young children, and her research focuses on bullying and children with hearing loss.
She also has worked at the Georgia Department of Public Health, where she oversaw the state’s comprehensive newborn hearing screening system.
Ms. Heggs received the annual award, which recognizes leadership within the field of speech, language and hearing, recently during GSHA’s annual meeting at Georgia State’s Coastal Center in Savannah.