With Communication Disorders Since 1936
I welcome you to this New Year with hope and excitement. My name is Alicia Hamilton and I am your Minnesota Speech-Language Hearing Association President for 2019. It is an honor to serve and advocate for you, and my main goal is to do just that in 2019.
The past year MNSHA has seen many positive changes and growth. We hosted another successful annual conference in Bloomington during a crazy April snow storm. We embraced our new acronym “MNSHA”, new logo and new website as we settled in with our new management company — Craven Management Associates. We continued work on our strategic plan, including goals for increased visibility in the community, operational stability, increased membership and increased event participation in the coming year. We have 17 thriving committees who are crafting and leading webinars, hosting social events and reaching outside of our field for interprofessional connections. To say we are active is an understatement.
YOU do so much for our clients and field; so what does MNSHA do for you? Well… in the past year MNSHA has advocated for licensure for speech-language pathology assistants to better serve communities that do not have licensed SLPs available to them. We continue to monitor and oppose licensure for music therapists — a current issue that involves scope of practice encroachment in our field, and a position that is supported by ASHA. And we have a seat at the table for the Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board (PELSB) to ensure the highest level of practice in educational settings across Minnesota. Our volunteers have committed over 1500 hours advocating for and protecting our field, and as a result we are highly respected across the state. MNSHA is working for YOU!
I end this letter in gratitude and with a challenge for each of you. This year I challenge you to try one, new thing that MNSHA has to offer. It could mean participating in a new committee meeting either in person or via phone, signing up for a webinar or attending our amazing annual convention. It could mean getting more involved in a leadership role in one of our many committees, executive or policy council, or inviting a colleague or friend to join MNSHA and support our efforts. The sky is truly the limit in terms of involvement. Find something that sparks joy, and go from there.
Here’s to another year of growth and success for MNSHA and for continued success to all of the wonderful, talented speech-language pathologists and audiologists across the fine state of Minnesota.
Feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns. I am here to serve you!
MNSHA President 2019