Presenter Information:
Presenter 1: Name: Brenda Knudson Chouffi
Title: Assistant Director, New York State Department of Health Bureau of Early Intervention, Early Intervention Detection and Intervention (EDHI) Coordinator for New York State, Co-Principal Investigator for Special Projects of Regional and National Interest (SPRANS) Grant for Newborn Hearing Screening. Education: Master of Science degree Educational Psychology/Special Education, 1990, State University of New York (SUNY), Albany, NY Major Professional Interests: Ms. Knudson Chouffi provided special education services for 15 years in public schools, preschool special education, and early intervention settings. In 1999, she joined the New York State Department of Health Bureau of Early Intervention as an Early Intervention Specialist. She provided supervision to staff that worked on the team to develop regulations for statewide newborn hearing screening. She has been an adjunct faculty member at The College of Saint Rose and SUNY Albany. Ms. Knudson Chouffi is the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Manager for the New York State Newborn Hearing Screening Program.
Presenter 2: Name: Laura Tocci
Laura L Tocci, Au.D., Director of Audiology at Montefiore Medical Center, has been in the field of Audiology for 20 years. She got her Bachelor's Degree from Hunter College, Rutgers University, NJ, her Master's Degree from Hunter College, NY, and her clinical doctorate from The School of Audiology of the Pennsylvania College of Optometry. She has been involved with this new wave of infant hearing screening since the early 1990's. She was involved with the development of the first infant hearing screening program in the Bronx, NY - piloting equipment that was still in the beta testing phase. She co-authored a chapter with Judy Gravel, PhD., in the book "Setting the Stage for Newborn Hearing Screening", and gave presentations at both ASHA and AAA conventions about implementing universal newborn hearing screening.
Presenter 3: Name: Prashil Govind
Prashil Govind MD, MPH, serves as the Medical Director of the New York City Early Intervention Program (EI). In this role, Dr. Govind provides clinical oversight of all aspects of EI and supervises the Program Monitoring and Quality Improvement Unit, the Evaluation Standards Unit, and the Assistive Technology Unit. Dr. Govind is a board certified Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. He completed his fellowship training at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and received a Masters of Public Health from Columbia University. In addition to his role as Medical Director of EI, he also serves as an Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.
Presenter 4: Name: Linda Stone
Linda Stone is no longer working with the NICHQ Learning Collaborative, as she is no longer with NYC Early Intervention.
Presenter 5: Name: Pnina Bravmann
Author Information:
Author 1: Name: Brenda Knudson Chouffi
Affiliation: New York State Department of Health
Author 2: Name: Laura Tocci
Affiliation: Montefiore Medical Center
Author 3: Name: Prashil Govind
Affiliation: NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene
Author 4: Name: Linda Stone
Affiliation: NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene
Author 5: Name: Pnina Bravmann
Affiliation: Strivright, Inc
Abstract Information:
Title: New York State Newborn Hearing Screening NICHQ Learning Collaborative
Primary Track: 1-EHDI Program Enhancement
Keyword(s): newborn, hearing screening, learning collaborative


The storyboard presentation will describe the various activities, including PDSA Cycles that took place with the NYS Newborn Hearing Screening Collaborative Project. Data were collected and amazed on the PDSA Cycles conducted. This data were used to identify factors and barriers affecting follow-up and referral to the Early Intervention Program will be identified as well as, developed and implemented strategies. The overall aim of the NYS Newborn Hearing Collaborative Project was to reduce the number of children lost to follow-up and increase the children number of referred to Early Intervention. The Learning Collaborative Project used a change model, the Model for Improvement, and a learning model, the Breakthrough Series collaborative, that have demonstrated effectiveness in four previous projects that the National Initiative for Children’s Healthcare Quality (NICHQ) has undertaken. This Learning Collaborative is an innovative project designed for improvement teams to share, test, and implement ideas for more timely, appropriate, coordinated, and family-centered care. The project required the team to try new ways of achieving the identified aim. The National Initiative for Children’s Healthcare Quality’s (NICHQ) mission is to improve children’s health by transforming children’s health care. Its vision is to be the leading resource for pragmatic, sustainable, innovative solutions for transforming children’s healthcare, and focuses on obesity, chronic illness, perinatal and newborn healthcare, patient safety, and equity in health care. NICHQ brings together organizations and individuals who care about and for children with those who are experts in improvement.
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