In addition to authoring more than 12 books, Ada served as Manager, Community Health Education, Rush North Shore Medical Center, (now Skokie Hospital), Skokie, IL, for ten years and has worked with the American Medical Association, American Academy of Dermatology, and Rush University Medical Center, Chicago. She has worked for public relations agencies and publishers in editorial capacities.
Award-winning Health and Medical Writer
She is a Fellow of the American Medical Writers Association (AMWA), a recipient of the AMWA President's Award, and a past president of the
Greater Chicago Area Chapter of AMWA. She has presented workshops and programs at more than 24 national AMWA conferences. In November, 2010, she presented "Writing Book Proposals" at the AMWA convention in Milwaukee, Wi. In 2008, (Louisville, KY), she presented "Using Local Cable Access Television." In 2006, (Albuquerque, NM) Ada presented "Stress in the Global Workplace" and moderated a panel discussion on "Safety and Health at Work and at Home." In 2004, (St. Louis, MO), she presented "Coping With Stress and Presentation Anxiety" and "Preparing Book Proposals."
Ada served as chief judge in the Margaret Mead Journalism Award competitions sponsored by AMWA and Eli Lilly and Company; she presented awards to winners in Vienna, Berlin, and St. Louis. See Resources.
Professional Writers' Organizations
In addition to participation in the American Medical Writers Association, Ada is a member of the Midwest Writers Association, American Society of Journalists and Authors, The Authors' Guild, the National Federation of Press Women (NFPW) and the Illinois Woman's Press Association (IWPA). She has won numerous awards from the AMWA and the IPWA. Read Member Musings profile of Ada P. Kahn in AMWA Journal, 11/09.
Ada has been a member of the Rotary Club of Evanston since 1994. She serves as Fellowship Chair for Rotary District 6440 and is also on the District membership committee. She is the Team Leader for the District 6440 Group Study Exchange to Taipei, Taiwan in 2012. Ada is a member of the Executive Board of Directors of the International Fellowship of Rotarian Musicians
(IFRM) and writes a column for the fellowship's newsletter. See www.ifrm.org.
Ada is President (2009--) of the Evanston Music Club and a member of the North Shore Musicians Club and the Highland Park Music Club. She plays flute with the Community Symphony Orchestra of The Music Institute of Chicago. She has performed with guitarist Larry Ege, pianists Joanne Stucka, Susan
Cua, Shirley Levis,
Beatriz Levi, Aryeh Kitzes and violinists Margarita Solomensky and Mary Stoltz.
Ada is a member of the National Flute Association (NFA); in August, 2004, she presented a program at the NFA convention (Nashville, TN) on "Coping With Stress and Performance Anxiety." She is also an active member of the Chicago Flute Club and the Amateur Chamber Music Players (ACMP).
Ada produces a program called "Keeping The Beat," based on her book, Keeping The Beat: Healthy Aging Through Amateur Chamber Music Playing. The show is aired on Channel 6, Evanston, IL. In 2008, her show received an "outstanding achievement" award from the Illinois Woman's Press Association. See www.keepingthebeat.com. She has also produced several shows on mental health awareness. See excerpts from her TV shows under "Appearances."
In May, 2011 she produced a 30-minute film to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the Rotary Club of Evanston.
She has served on the Evanston Mental Health Board, Evanston IL. She also served on the Skokie, IL Board of Health for 15 years.
She was a Board Member (2008-2011) of the Evanston Community Media Center.