"I can come by here and have a couple of polyps lasered off my vocal cords and then go straight to work."
— Daryl Collins, age 53

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Emory Voice Center and MusiCares®

The Emory Voice Center has partnered with MusiCares®, the nonprofit foundation established by the Recording Academy® (the organization responsible for the GRAMMY Awards), to provide vocal health services for musicians in need. MusiCares® provides a safety net for music people in times of financial, medical and personal need though its emergency financial assistance and addiction recovery programs.

The Emory Voice Center will offer consultations and treatments to MusiCares® clients with vocal problems. Emory is the first and only voice center to provide specialized vocal medical care for the music assistance program.

"We are very enthusiastic to partner with MusiCares," says Michael M. Johns, III, MD, director of The Emory Voice Center. "This endeavor will create a unique opportunity for struggling artists with vocal difficulties to have access to the highest-level voice care. Hopefully, this specialized care will help these artists return to their high-level performance. This partnership holds the promise to be a model that could grow to other areas of the U.S. with other voice centers."

Patients are seen by a laryngology physician specialist for diagnosis, then treatment follows, if needed. Speech language pathologists and singing voice specialists work closely with the physicians on each case to assist patients in returning to their livelihood.

"MusiCares is well known in the music community for its resources for individuals facing dire personal or medical situations or those who are in the unrelenting grip of addiction," says Debbie Carroll, LCSW, executive director of MusiCares. "While we have offered vocal health workshops in regions throughout the country in past years, this innovative partnership with The Emory Voice Center will bring much-needed healthcare to our clients and truly extend our ability to help musicians get back to the business of making a living."

Established in 1989 by The Recording Academy, MusiCares provides a safety net of critical assistance for music people in times of need. MusiCares' services and resources cover a wide range of financial, medical and personal emergencies, and each case is treated with integrity and confidentiality. MusiCares also focuses the resources and attention of the music industry on human service issues that directly impact the health and welfare of the music community. For more information, please visit www.musicares.com.

A Voice for Hope

The Emory Voice Center partners with A Voice for Hope (formerly the Oral Head and Neck Cancer Advocacy Foundation of Georgia), a non-profit 501 c(3).  The partnership reflects the hard work and dedication from several members of the Emory Voice Center team in collaboration with community healthcare workers, survivors, and others. A Voice for Hope's mission is fourfold: education about the risks of head and neck cancer, large scale community based screenings for early detection of head and neck cancer, training healthcare professional to detect concerning signs of head and neck cancer, and collaboration with other head and neck cancer groups.

Since 2006, we have provided free head and neck cancer screenings to over 500 people every race weekend at the Atlanta Motor Speedway. We trademarked our Screening PITSTOP, developed a training manual to allow other venues to replicate our efforts, and have been invited to other tracks and sporting venues around the country to provide education and screenings. We have published our results and presented them at national and international meetings.  In 2010 we began our collaboration with Emory Healthcare to provide screenings during the Emory Healthcare 500. Through the work of the Georgia chapter, A Voice for Hope has become a national movement and has seated a national board. For more information about the group or to volunteer to be part of our efforts, visit mouthandthroatcancer.org or email EHapner@emory.edu