Legislative Day and Student Advocacy Day

Feb. 14, 2018 NSLHA Legislative Day and Student Advocacy Day

Nebraska State Senator Sara Howard speaks about expansion of healthcare services and coverage.

Nebraska Speech-Language-Hearing Association Legislative Day and Student Advocacy Day

Wednesday, February 14, 2018
9:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at the State Capitol in Lincoln, Nebraska
2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Student Advocacy Day Activities at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Campus in Home Ec Building Room 11
3:30 p.m. Optional Social Activity for Students

The impact that you can have by connecting with your state senator, building a relationship, and offering support is tremendous. Please plan to attend and share your ideas, concerns and recommendation with state senators on how to enhance speech, language and hearing services for Nebraskans.

It’s an opportunity to build relationships with state senators, while educating and informing them about the speech-language-hearing field in our state. This is increasingly important, as the healthcare environment continues to change, and the ability to deliver speech-language-hearing services becomes increasingly challenging.

Complimentary Webinar to Prepare for NSLHA's Legislative Day
A complimentary webinar will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018 at 3:30 p.m. to prepare for NSLHA's Legislative Day. If you are unable to attend the live event, you can request a complimentary recording of the webinar. Please complete the registration brochure below to sign up for the webinar or recording. Download the webinar slides.

Download the talking points for NSLHA's Legislative Day. These will also be reviewed during the webinar.


9:30 a.m. – Go to the Norris Legislative Chamber Balcony to Watch the Legislature in Session

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Program in Room 1023. Topics include:

  • Overview of NSLHA and What NSLHA Does for You
  • How NSLHA Has Been Instrumental at Reimbursement
  • Power of Making Connections with Legislators
  • Student Legislative Issues
  • Presentation from Senator Carol Blood (confirmed)
  • Update from Senator Merv Riepe, Chair of the Nebraska Legislature’s Health and Human Services Committee (confirmed)

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Lunch with State Senators

1:00 p.m. – Deliver Handouts to State Senators’ Offices

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Student Advocacy Day Activities at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Campus in Home Ec Building Room 11 (includes roundtable discussions)

3:30 p.m. Optional Student Social Activity

Download the paper version of the registration brochure or register online.

Speech-Language Pathologist and NSLHA Member Rachel Watermeier with her dad - Senator Dan Watermeier from District 1

Engaging discussion with Senator Johnson

Students and Senator Schilz's staff take moment to pause for a photo after a lively debate about the importance of voting, knowing who your senator is, and advocating for speech-language-hearing services.

Cindy Johnson, NSLHA Legislative Affairs Committee Co-Chair, provides a final review of talking points in preparation for conversations with state senators.

NSLHA Lobbyist Rich Lombardi from American Communications Group highlights legislative issues impacting the speech-language-hearing profession

News & Announcements

  • Madonna and UNMC are co-sponsoring the 2018 Integrative Medicine Conference with featured speaker Dr. Terry Wahls on September 28, 2018 in Omaha. Dr. Wahls is the author of "The Wahls Protocol: How I Beat Progressive MS Using Paleo Principles".

  • Survey Purpose: Gather the perceptions of recent graduates in the field of speech-language pathology concerning their preparedness to provide evaluation and intervention services to individuals with culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. Principal Investigators: Quinn Klobuchar, B.S. & Rachael Suddarth Ph.D., CCC-SLP at Saint Ambrose University.

  • Discuss direct and indirect effects of Diabetes Mellitus (DM) on auditory function and the importance of early identification in prevention and treatment of hearing loss.

  • Connect with audiologists, speech-language pathologists and students; implement new ideas and practices learned during education sessions in tracks for audiologists, speech-language pathologists and students; recognize the accomplishments of your peers; and receive an update on how your state association is advocating for and serving you.

  • NSLHA's vision is to be the leading voice and partner in promoting speech, language, hearing, balance, swallowing and related disorders in Nebraska, and to be an expert in advocating for the rights and interests of persons with communication disorders. Join or renew your membership today.

  • A major role that state associations play is as an advocacy organization. Associations monitor proposed legislation, identify bills that may have a positive or negative impact on the field of communication sciences and disorders and the individuals we serve, and develop advocacy agendas to address those bills. A large unified voice such as a state association can be key to successful advocacy.