Anyone can be an advocate for positive change. ACI Alliance staff will share a tool kit of approaches and key current concerns based upon our own programs that engage and involve hearing health professionals, educators, scientists, consumers and parents in advocacy to expand access to hearing healthcare. This course is presented by AudiologyOnline in partnership with American Cochlear Implant Alliance.
Course created on January 6, 2021
- After this course, participants will be able to identify mechanisms for becoming involved in legislative or regulatory processes that impact patient access and delivery of hearing care services.
- After this course, participants will be able to describe ways in which they can assist patients to self-advocate in activities that may improve insurance coverage, educational support for children who are deaf and hard of hearing, workplace access, awareness about cochlear implant benefits, and other issues.
- After this course, participants will be able to describe current and near-term public policy issues in hearing care, especially cochlear implantation.
|5-10 Minutes||What is advocacy and who can be an effective advocate?|
|10-20 Minutes||Advocacy Process and Tools in Hearing Healthcare|
|20-30 Minutes||Federal and State Laws and Regulations of Interest to Hearing Health|
|30-45 Minutes||2021 ACI Alliance Advocacy Issues|
|45-55 Minutes||Case Studies|
|55-60 Minutes||Summary, Q&A|
Donna L. Sorkin
Donna Sorkin MA is the executive director of the American Cochlear Implant Alliance, a non-profit organization working to expand access to cochlear implants through research, advocacy and awareness. Prior to joining ACI Alliance in late 2012, Donna was Vice President of Consumer Affairs for Cochlear Americas where she led public policy initiatives and activities aimed at the broad life needs of cochlear implant users including insurance practices, habilitation, and educational needs of children with cochlear implants. Ms. Sorkin was previously the executive director of Hearing Loss Association of America and the AG Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. She has served on federal, corporate and university boards including the U.S. Access Board, the National Institute on Deafness, NIH and Gallaudet University. She holds a Masters from Harvard's Kennedy School.
Nichole Westin MA has been the Government Affairs Manager at the ACI Alliance since 2018. She has worked in advocacy since 1998 when she began her career working for the U.S. Senate. Ms. Westin has successfully managed campaigns at both the federal and state levels on issues ranging from export sales to payroll taxes to school nutrition. Ms. Westin enjoys using her experience within the federal government and other non-profits to educate people on being effective advocates for their priority policy issues.
Nichole Westin: Financial: Nichole Westin is employed by the American Cochlear Implant Alliance. She received an honorarium for this presentation. Non-financial: Nichole Westin has no relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.
Sponsor Disclosure: This course is presented by the American Cochlear Implant Alliance in partnership with AudiologyOnline.
Content Disclosure: This learning event does not focus exclusively on any specific product or service.
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