Strategic Plan

2016-18 Long-Range Strategic Plan

VISION STATEMENT

NSLHA will be the leading voice and partner in promoting speech, language, hearing, balance, swallowing and related disorders in Nebraska, and will be an expert in advocating for the rights and interests of persons with communication disorders.

MISSION STATEMENT

The mission of NSLHA is to promote services for speech, language, hearing, balance, swallowing and related disorders in Nebraska; to support its members through professional development, networking, communications, lobbying and advocacy; to encourage education and research activities; and to advocate for the rights of persons with communication disorders.

FOCUS AREA 1:  ADVOCACY

ISSUE:  An organized, cohesive effort will be developed and maintained by NSLHA and its members to advocate for clients receiving speech, language, and hearing services and enhance the ability for members to deliver those services.

GOALS:

  1. Increase member awareness of Nebraska’s legislative process.
  2. Enhance relationships with professional stakeholders (e.g. state lawmakers, Department of Education, school administrators and the Department of Health and Human Services).
  3. Increase member participation in grassroots advocacy.
  4. Coordinate with ASHA to strengthen guidelines for current practices in Nebraska.

FOCUS AREA 2: MEMBERSHIP GROWTH AND ENGAGEMENT

ISSUE: As a growing, vibrant organization that embraces and adapts to the changing needs of its members, NSLHA will experience membership growth and engage members who are connected and involved in advancing the association’s vision and mission and experience enhanced value and support.

GOALS:

  1. Create and maintain a diverse and growing membership that recognizes NSLHA as their primary resource for advocacy, education, resources, tools and information.
  2. Develop new member benefits and services.
  3. Increase member participation in leadership and volunteer opportunities.
  4. Develop a membership recruitment plan to connect with and engage prospective members.  

FOCUS AREA 3: PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT/CONTINUING EDUCATION/NETWORKING

ISSUE: Offer a variety of professional development and networking events for members and prospective members to help them expand their knowledge, learn new practices, and share information and resources.

GOALS:

  1. NSLHA members will have access to convenient, affordable education opportunities.
  2. A majority of NSLHA Fall Convention attendees will rate their overall experience on their
    attendee evaluation as “met expectations.”

FOCUS AREA 4: FINANCIAL HEALTH

ISSUE: Increased revenue and being good stewards of NSLHA’s resources results in an association that is able to meet and exceed its members’ expectations through delivery of value-added programs and services and remains viable for years to come.

GOALS:

  1. Identify measures to increase revenue for NSLHA, in order to provide member services and support and achieve the association’s vision and mission.
  2. Identify cost savings measures that support good stewardship of NSLHA’s resources, without undue negative impact on member services delivery and valued programs.
  3. Investigate new membership dues payment models.
  4. Develop an industry partnership program.
  5. Increase association cash reserves.
  6. Educate membership regarding association financial health.

News & Announcements

  • The Nebraska Speech-Language-Hearing Endowment Fund (NSHLEF) is offering two $1,000 scholarships. Apply by June 30th.

  • Participate in Fluency Enhancing Tactile Speech for Those Who Stutter Study

    The Wheat Lab at The University of Mississippi is researching the use of a smartphone app that provides fluency enhancing tactile speech for those who stutter. During this clinical trial, we are providing a free app for either iOS or Android, such that we can measure the effects of pulsating tactile vibrations on stuttering frequency. This is an open clinical trial, and we can accept English speaking participants from all over the country; During these weekly sessions over video conference, participants will be asked to share with us their experiences with the app, as well as provide some speech samples. Contact tactile@speechandhearingcenter.org to participate.

  • looking for currently practicing speech‐language pathologists who routinely assess cognitive skills to complete this 15-20 minute online survey. Results from this study will help researchers understand current cognitive assessment practices, define strengths and weaknesses of available assessments, and determine next steps for future assessment creation.

  • Participants will work collaboratively to develop appropriate and functional AAC intervention goals for clients with aphasia, based on their classifications with the AAC-Aphasia Framework.

  • We invite you to become a member of the Nebraska Speech-Language-Hearing Association (NSLHA). Help strengthen our speech-language pathology and audiology profession by participating in professional development opportunities, and by advocating for the rights and interests of persons with communication disorders.

  • Continue to receive membership services, participate in professional development opportunities, and receive advocacy support. NSLHA is a strong voice working on behalf of its members to advocate for speech, language, and hearing services.