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WSHA Fall Virtual Town Hall

9/15/2020
When: Tuesday, September 15, 2020
5:00 PM
Where: Zoom Meeting
United States
Contact: WSHA Office
920-560-5642


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COVID19 continues to impact the lives of speech-language pathologists, audiologists and students everywhere. Managing the frequent updates, policy changes and workflows can feel overwhelming and exhausting. In this course, WSHA has done the work for you. COVID19 updates from ASHA, the Department of Health Services (DHS), and the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) will be shared. Learn more about how with great challenges comes great opportunity, as the WSHA Lobbyist discusses advocacy initiatives (e.g., telehealth, assistants, Instate Compact, and more) over the next legislative session.  

Agenda (subject to change):
5:00-5:10: Welcome and Intros (Marshall)
5:10-5:30: Updates from ASHA (Deppe)
5:30-5:45: Updates from Department of Health Services (Triller)
5:45-6:00: Updates from the Department of Public Instruction (Bertone)
6:00-6:15: WSHA Advocacy Initiatives (Zelenkova)
6:15-6:30: Q&A (All)

 
Learning Objectives:
Following this course attendees will be able to:
  1. Describe at least 5 relevant resources for their practice area that are available through ASHA.
  2. Describe the Telehealth Expansion Project underway at the Department of Health Services.
  3. Discuss at least 3 updates from the Department of Public Instruction (DPI).
  4. Discuss at least 4 WSHA advocacy initiatives over the next year.
 
Speakers (subject to change):

Laura Triller, MA, CCC-SLP is employed by the State of Wisconsin as speech and language therapy consultant for Wisconsin Medicaid. Previous professional employment as a speech and language pathologist includes work with residents in long term care residential facilities for children and adults with moderate to profound disabilities, home settings working with the birth to three population and home health patients, outpatient rehabilitation clinics working with children and adults and skilled nursing facilities. In addition to her current position with the State, she also contracts with the Disability Determination Bureau as a Medical Advisor where she completes speech therapy disability reviews for SSA.
 
Disclosures:
Financial: Ms. Triller is employed by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and receives a salary. She also contracts with the Disability Determination Bureau.
Non-Financial: No relevant non-financial disclosures exist.

Andrea Bertone, MS, CCC-SLP is an Education Consultant at the Department of Public Instruction. Her work supports students who have significant difficulty accessing, engaging, and/or making progress in general education environments due to communication difficulties. Andrea has recently supported a workgroup in the development of a process for evaluating school-based SLPs in Wisconsin. She has a passion for supporting staff in creating and implementing goals that are functional and that can be supported in general education environments. She worked for 18 years as both a speech-language pathologist and later as a program support teacher in the public school setting across all school levels in a large school district. Andrea has a particular interest in working with students using culturally responsive practices and is passionate about working with students with autism and students with significant disabilities. Andrea also is on the Board for the State Education Agencies Communication Disabilities Council (SEACDC).
 
Disclosures:
Financial: Ms. Bertone is employed by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction and receives a salary.
Non-Financial: No relevant non-financial disclosure exists.

Janet Deppe, MS, CCC-SLP, FNAP is the Director of State Affairs in the Government Affairs and Public Policy division at ASHA. In that capacity, she coordinates the priorities of ASHA’s state affairs team, serves as the ASHA liaison to states in the Central/Midwest region under ASHA’s state outreach initiative, which provides assistance and support to further state legislative and regulatory efforts and administrative/management issues. She monitors credentialing, health, and education legislation and regulations in states and represents the association at federal and state meetings. Janet is the ex officio for the School Finance Committee whose focus is to help members understand and access complex federal, state, and local funding mechanisms.
 
Disclosures:
Financial: Ms. Deppe is employed by ASHA and receives a salary.
Non-Financial: Ms. Deppe is an ASHA member and volunteer.

Ramie Zelenkova has over 15 years of experience in lobbying and is currently a partner with the firm Hubbard Wilson & Zelenkova. Ms. Zelenkova has maintained strong relationships with elected officials on both sides of the aisle over the course of her career and represents clients in areas such as health care, long-term care, insurance, education and child welfare. Ms. Zelenkova has extensive experience working with the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, which oversees the Wisconsin Medicaid Program and the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, the state education agency. Ms. Zelenkova is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin - Madison.

Disclosures:
Financial: Ms. Zelenkova is a partner with Hubbard Wilson & Zelenkova and receives a salary. She is also the paid lobbyist for WSHA.
Non-Financial: No relevant non-financial disclosures exist.

Sarah Marshall, MA, CCC-SLP is a speech-language pathologist in the Communication Aids and Systems Clinic (CASC) at the Waisman Center in Madison, Wisconsin. Sarah received her MA in speech language pathology from the University of Iowa. She works in the area of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) and provides assessment and intervention to individuals across the lifespan with a range of abilities. Sarah has a passion for interdisciplinary collaboration, working to increase capacity across disciplines and community partners for AAC intervention through development of the AAC-Partnership Program and implementation of ECHO AAC. Sarah serves as the President of the Wisconsin Speech Language Pathology and Audiology Association.
 
Disclosures:
Financial: Ms. Marshall is employed by the Waisman Center and receives a salary.
Non-Financial: Sarah is the current WSHA President. No other relevant non-financial disclosures exist.

 Price:

Current WSHA members - No Charge
Non-members - $25


ASHA Credit:

This course is offered for .15 ASHA CEUs (Introductory Level; Professional Area).

Participants must complete the learning assessment, course evaluation, and submit the ASHA bubble form to WSHA@badgerbay.co (not .com) no later than September 30, 2020.


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