Idaho Speech, Language, Hearing Association Website: idahosha.org Facebook: Idaho Speech, Language, and Hearing Association Established: April 1994 Members: 150 Contact: Stephanie Balais, freystep@isu.edu, 208-731-6378 ISHA provides a channel to help support, educate and connect communication sciences and disorders professionals around the state of Idaho. Due to the great distances between our members, we have ... State Spotlight
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Idaho Speech, Language, Hearing Association
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State Spotlight   |   March 01, 2017
Idaho Speech, Language, Hearing Association
The ASHA Leader, March 2017, Vol. 22, 68. doi:10.1044/leader.STSP.22032017.68
The ASHA Leader, March 2017, Vol. 22, 68. doi:10.1044/leader.STSP.22032017.68
Website: idahosha.org
Facebook: Idaho Speech, Language, and Hearing Association
Established: April 1994
Members: 150
Contact: Stephanie Balais, freystep@isu.edu, 208-731-6378
How are you making a difference in your members’ professional lives?
ISHA provides a channel to help support, educate and connect communication sciences and disorders professionals around the state of Idaho. Due to the great distances between our members, we have tried to find ways to help others connect through our website, Facebook page and annual conventions.
What is the most significant challenge, unique circumstance or pressing frustration facing communication sciences and disorders professionals in Idaho today?
ISHA’s most significant challenge is connecting with all professionals throughout the state. Idaho is the 14th largest of the 50 states, and spans 480 miles north to south. It is also home to 80 recognized mountain ranges. Because of this geography, it is challenging to provide support and resources to those outside of the more densely populated areas. It’s also difficult to get members to participate and volunteer in all capacities within ISHA.
What is your association’s proudest accomplishment?
We’ve worked very hard in the last year to increase our membership and increase our social media presence. We also developed an updated strategic plan with a new mission and vision statement to provide a framework for future goals.

ISHA has increased membership over the last year, after several years of significantly decreased membership.

What is a particularly memorable event in your association’s history and how did it come about?
We have just completed the revamping of the ISHA website, which will help us overcome challenges related to online membership renewal and conference payments. It is also allowing us to create online discussion forums where our highly dispersed members can collaborate.
Do you have a particularly successful advocacy or recruitment strategy to share?
ISHA has increased membership over the last year, after several years of significantly decreased membership. As a result of our social media and communication efforts with our professionals and students, membership rose from 14 members in January 2016 to more than 150 in October 2016.
What should every communication sciences and disorders professional in Idaho know about the association?
ISHA works hard behind the scenes in a number of areas, including advocating to our state legislation about issues related to licensure, billing and insurance issues, and schools. The dedicated professionals who volunteer their time on these issues are helping to protect the interests of audiologists and speech-language pathologists, as well as the clients they serve, on the state and national level.
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