In late November, a team of Akoyans traveled to Portland, Oregon, to provide event support for the U.S. Department of Energy Solid-State Lighting program’s 10th annual Technology Development Workshop and inaugural Connected Lighting Systems Meeting, which were held over a three-day period. Six months of planning and preparation culminated in the consecutive events, which drew more than 320 attendees from the lighting, semiconductor, and IT industries as well as many others. From agenda and tour planning to speaker coordination, from materials development to marketing e-blasts, and from video recording to live tweeting, Akoya played a critical part in ensuring the success of these two conferences—all while planning the upcoming February R&D Workshop.
Akoya’s Military Health System (MHS) team welcomes Paul Bello. Paul has a diverse background in public affairs and journalism. As part of the MHS team, Paul will provide strategic outreach support and tactical communications planning and assist in management of special events.
Shawn Woodbridge recently joined our MHS team as Communications Planner for Operation Live Well (OLW), the Department of Defense’s initiative to improve the health and wellness of the entire defense community by promoting a healthy lifestyle.Shawn brings more than 27 years’ experience in communications planning and implementation for the Federal Government and U.S. Army. As account manager for OLW, Shawn strategizes communications to all the audiences served by OLW.
Akoya is excited to begin supporting the Air Force Medical Service program under our existing DoD Military Health System (MHS) contract. Akoya will develop strategic plans and communications tools, create and execute crisis communications plans, and provide media relations support for the Public Affairs Office of the Surgeon General of the Air Force.
Akoya and Crosby Marketing Communications were recently awarded a 14-month contract to support the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Division of Transplantation. Akoya is pleased to join Crosby as a subcontractor to HRSA’s Public and Professional Education Outreach for Organ Donation contract.
Akoya will continue to support HRSA’s Workplace Partnership for Life (WPFL) campaign, from recruiting a considerable portion of the 13,000 existing partners to planning and implementing call-to-action campaigns that have helped increase the number of designated donors, to building relationships with OPOs, DLA, AHA, and other stakeholders associated with organ donation. The Akoya-supported hospital campaign alone has registered 350,000 designated donors.
Akoya worked with the Groundwater Protection Council (GWPC) on the Induced Seismicity Primer report (www.statesfirstinitiative.org) released September 28, 2015. The report provides a timely and valuable overview of state-of-the-art technical understanding of induced seismicity related to Class II disposal wells. The publication was prepared by the StatesFirstInitiative, a collaborative effort between GWPC and the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission (IOGCC) aimed at facilitating multi-state collaboration and innovative regulatory solutions for oil and natural gas producing states. Akoya provided editorial structuring, copy editing, and document layout.
The National Energy Technology Laboratory has selected Akoya to support the Department of Energy’s Solid-State Lighting (SSL) Program to provide program and communications strategy and implementation services. The SSL Program works with academia, industry, and the lighting user/specifier community to drive the lighting market to realize the full energy efficiency potential available in SSL technology. Having supported the program since 2003, Akoya will support DOE and industry scientists and engineers in articulating and communicating the evolving progress and emergent challenges of the next wave of SSL innovation.
The Pennsylvania Department of General Services has approved Akoya as a qualified vendor for the Bureau of Procurement’s Creative Advertising, Audiovisual, and Interactive Production Services (Creative/AV/Production SRVCS) schedule. Akoya will offer creative services in public relations, marketing communications, web, and video production. Our new contract number, 44000149, can be accessed on PA e-marketplace.
Akoya partnered on a five-year U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) contract recently awarded to Atlas Research. Atlas Research selected Akoya and several other companies for their team to provide the HHS Program Support Center with a variety of services, including communications support. Services will be tasked on an as-needed basis. The contract is administered by HHS and the Human Services Program Support Center, but can be used by other government departments or agencies to procure services.
Phase IV of the Hospital Organ Donation Campaign, coordinated by Akoya and sponsored by HHS’s Health Resources and Services Administration, recently concluded—with double-digit percentage increases in both participation and recognition levels. The campaign enlists hospitals nationwide to promote organ donation awareness and registration. It has added more than 350,000 donor enrollments to state registries around the country since launching in 2011. Phase V begins this fall. For more information, visit the Hospital Campaign web page.
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Akoya has successfully migrated its existing GSA contract schedules (AIMS, MOBIS) to a new GSA Consolidated Schedule (00CORP) award that allows Akoya to offer both communications services and program support services under one contract vehicle through 2020. The newly awarded contract number is GS00F162CA, which can be accessed on GSA eLibrary.
Akoya’s Military Health System (MHS) team welcomes writer Daisy Ridgway Khalifa. Daisy comes to us with 20 years of experience in strategic planning, marketing, and journalism. As part of the MHS team, Daisy plans and produces content on preventive health, health IT, and global health readiness, working closely with MHS subject matter experts to ensure consistency across Department of Defense program offices.
Steve Valley joins our MHS team as Senior Communications Advisor. Steve has his finger on the pulse of all strategic communications for the Defense Health Agency (DHA). Among his many duties, he facilitates and provides coordination between the DHA and MHS, supports oversight of both strategic and tactical communications planning, tracks project implementation and completion, assists in management of special events, and integrates communications functions across the MHS. Steve comes to Akoya as a seasoned communications and public relations professional with senior-level experience working with military clients.