NSLHA Fall Road Shows

Nebraska audiologists, speech-language pathologists and students met with state senators from their areas to discuss issues including: improving access and the ability to deliver audiology and speech-language pathology services; the state's budget process; how to be an effective citizen advocate; dyslexia screenings and training; Medicaid managed care (Heritage Health); insurance coverage; and how to build a relationship  with your state lawmaker. Participants provided feedback about issues and challenges they are facing in their schools, clinics and practices. This feedback will be used in an effort to work with Nebraska’s legislators to minimize the impact of these issues on your profession and enhance programs, services and support provided for you.

Read the Road Show report from NSLHA President-Elect Marc Brennan.

Road Show Schedule

October 5, 2016 Region 6 Road Show was held at ESU #13 office at 4215 Avenue I in Scottsbluff, Nebraska.

  • Presenters: Rich Lombardi, American Communications Group (NSLHA's lobbying firm); NSLHA Legislative Affairs Committee Co-Chair Jessica Thoene; NSLHA President Shari DeVeney and NSLHA President-Elect Marc Brennan

October 6, 2016 Region 5 Road Show was held at ESU #16 Office at 1221 W 17th St in North Platte, Nebraska.

  • Presenters: Rich Lombardi, American Communications Group (NSLHA's lobbying firm); NSLHA Legislative Affairs Committee Co-Chair Jessica Thoene; NSLHA President Shari DeVeney and NSLHA President-Elect Marc Brennan

October 12, 2016 Region 4 Road Show was held at CHI St. Francis Conference Room 2 in Grand Island, Nebraska.

  • Presenters: Senator Matt Williams, District #36; Rich Lombardi, American Communications Group (NSLHA's lobbying firm); NSLHA Legislative Affairs Committee Co-Chair Jessica Thoene; NSLHA President Shari DeVeney and NSLHA President-Elect Marc Brennan

October 13, 2016 Region 1 Road Show was held at the Barbara Weitz Community Engagement Center at the University of Nebraska at Omaha campus in the 230/231 Combined OPPD Community Dialogue Rooms in Omaha, Nebraska.

  • Presenters: Senator Robert Hilkemann, District #4; Senator Merv Riepe, District #12; Rich Lombardi, American Communications Group (NSLHA's lobbying firm); NSLHA Legislative Affairs Committee Co-Chair Jessica Thoene; NSLHA President Shari DeVeney and NSLHA President-Elect Marc Brennan

October 19, 2016 Region 2 Road Show was held at the Lincoln Public Schools District office (ESU # 18) at 5905 O Street in Lincoln, Nebraska.

  • Presenters: Senator Roy Baker, District #30; Senator Kate Bolz, District #29 - Appropriations; Senator Patty Pansing Brooks, District #28; Rich Lombardi, American Communications Group (NSLHA's lobbying firm); NSLHA Legislative Affairs Committee Co-Chair Jessica Thoene; NSLHA President Shari DeVeney and NSLHA President-Elect Marc Brennan

October 20, 2016 Region 3 Road Show was held at the Columbus Wellness Center at 3912 38th Street, Suite A in Columbus, Nebraska

  • Presenters: Senator Paul Schumacher, District #22; Rich Lombardi, American Communications Group (NSLHA's lobbying firm); NSLHA Legislative Affairs Committee Co-Chair Jessica Thoene; NSLHA President Shari DeVeney and NSLHA President-Elect Marc Brennan

Download the presentation slides. If you were unable to attend a Road Show, please take a few minutes to complete the attached questions and email your responses to info@nslha.org.

Senator Matt Williams Speaks at NSLHA's Region 4 Road Show in Kearney. He said, "You need to know your senator and explain to them why what you're doing makes an impact on your patients. Tell the story of why this service is necessary to help people."

NSLHA President Shari DeVeney discusses the association's focus on advocacy, membership growth, professional development, networking and financial health at the Region 1 Road Show in Omaha.

Senator Merv Riepe discusses telehealth use and opportunities to deliver healthcare services at the NSLHA Region 1 Road Show in Omaha.

Senator Robert Hilkemann speaking at NSLHA's Region 1 Road Show in Omaha: "The speech pathology profession needs you. You can make a difference, but you have to take the time and energy to be a part of it. I encourage you to be a member and a leader."

Senator Kate Bolz speaks about the Nebraska Legislature Appropriations Committee's work and the budget process for the upcoming 2017 session at NSLHA's Region 2 Road Show in Lincoln.

NSLHA Lobbyist Rich Lombardi speaks about the importance of citizen advocacy and how the work of our federal and state lawmakers affects how you practice; what services you can and cannot deliver; and how you get paid for the speech-language-hearing services you provide.

Speech-language pathologists from Region 6 meet at NSLHA's Road Show in Scottsbluff.

Speech-language pathologists from Region 6 meet at NSLHA's Road Show in Scottsbluff to discuss clinical practices and challenges.

Speech-language pathologists from Region 6 meet at NSLHA's Road Show in Scottsbluff to discuss school-based services and challenges.

Speech-language pathologists from Region 6 meet at NSLHA's Road Show in Scottsbluff.

Speech-language pathologists from Region 5 meet at NSLHA's Road Show in North Platte.

Senator Roy Baker discusses issues the Nebraska Legislature's Education Committee will be addressing during the 2017 legislative session at NSLHA's Region 2 Road Show in Lincoln.

Senator Roy Baker and Senator Patty Pansing Brooks discuss research and legislation for dyslexia screenings and training at NSLHA's Region 2 Road Show in Lincoln.

Audiologists and speech-language pathologists discuss speech-language-hearing services and issues impacting their profession at NSLHA's Region 1 Road Show in Omaha.

Speech-language pathology students discuss speech-language-hearing services and issues impacting their profession at NSLHA's Region 1 Road Show in Omaha.

Audiologists and speech-language pathologists discuss speech-language-hearing services and issues impacting their profession at NSLHA's Region 1 Road Show in Omaha.

Audiologists and speech-language pathologists discuss speech-language-hearing services and issues impacting their profession at NSLHA's Region 1 Road Show in Omaha.

Nikki Kopetzky NSLHA Region 2 Representative, welcomes everyone to the Road Show in Lincoln.

Martha Douglas, Region 6 Representative, welcomes everyone to the NSLHA Road Show in Scottsbluff.

NSLHA President-Elect Marc Brennan discusses NSLHA's strategic plan at the Region 4 Road Show in Grand Island.

Audiologists and speech-language pathologists discuss speech-language-hearing services and issues impacting their profession at NSLHA's Region 2 Road Show in Lincoln.

Jessica Thoene discusses speech-language-hearing services for Medicaid beneficiaries.

Speech-language pathology students discuss speech-language-hearing services and issues impacting their profession at NSLHA's Region 4 Road Show in Grand Island.

Cindy Johnson discusses NSLHA's regulatory advocacy efforts and accomplishments at the Region 1 Road Show in Omaha.

Senator Paul Schumacher speaks about the Nebraska Legislature Revenue Committee's work at the Region 3 Road Show in Columbus.

Speech-language pathologists discuss coordination of services at the Region 3 Road Show in Columbus.

Left to Right: Shari DeVeney, NSLHA President; Michell Ruskamp, NSLHA Region 3 Representative; Cindy Johnson, NSLHA Legislative Affairs Committee Co-Chair; Janet Seelhoff, NSLHA Executive Director; and Rich Lombardi, NSLHA Lobbyist.

News & Announcements

  • 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. at St. Mark's Methodist Church in Lincoln, NE
    “Striving for Student Success: How and Why Orton-Gillingham based Multisensory Language Teaching Methods can work for children with dyslexia and reading difficulties” presentation by Pam Bazis.

  • Nov. 9th Star City Lions Club Fundraiser

    Stars City Lions Club will be collecting old hearing aids and eyeglasses
    Nov. 9th from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
    Raising Cane's at 5810 S. 58th Street in Lincoln, NE
    20% of the proceeds will be donated to the Star City Lions Club

  • You're Invited to Oct. 21st Education Summit

    Any professionals interested in practices in academic excellence for all children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing are invited to attend. Registration opens at 7:30 a.m. at the UNO Milo Bail Student Center at 6203 University Dr. S., in Omaha. Mail your registration with name, address, email and special accommodations by Oct. 6th to Attn: Jenny Corum, 1313 Farnam 3rd Floor, Omaha, NE 68102.

  • The Nebraska Speech-Language-Hearing Association has experienced several recent legislative and regulatory advocacy accomplishments, and wanted to share with you the ongoing work being done for members in our state. Listen to this recording for more information.