Presenter Information:
Presenter 1: Name: Valerie Odeh
Presenter 2: Name: Keith Garrett
Keith Garrett, BS, MA; I am a native Phoenician but after many years in Colorado came back to Phoenix in 2002 with my 16 year old son and 8 year old daughter (they were 10 and 2 at the time). In 2003 my daughter was identified with a moderate hearing loss and she began wearing bilateral BTE hearing aids and attending Desert Voices Oral Learning Center. She is now mainstreamed at a charter school in Phoenix. I currently work as a Follow-up specialist for state of Arizona’s Newborn Hearing Screening Program in the Department of Health Services. Prior to that I served as the Audiology Technician at Phoenix Children’s hospital where I coordinated the newborn hearing screening program. I also serve as a founding board member of the Arizona chapter of Hands and Voices.
Author Information:
Author 1: Name: Christy Taylor
Affiliation: AZ Department of Health Services
Author 2: Name: Valerie Odeh
Affiliation: AZ Department of Health Services
Abstract Information:
Title: Follow-up Infrastructure on a Public Health Foundation
Primary Track: 5-Follow-up, Tracking, and Data Management
Keyword(s): Hearing Screening, Follow-up, Infrastructure, Population


In April 2006, Arizona began follow-up services for babies who referred on their newborn hearing screen at 30 days of age. The program intentionally simplified the infrastructure, allowing room for growth and development as the program matured. Two years later, the Newborn Hearing Screening Program at the Arizona Department of Health Services continues to analyze the current protocol and framework and strives to strengthen services to further reduce the number of infants deemed lost to follow up. After examining the Arizona mandates for Newborn Hearing Screening, we created protocol to initiate and define active verses passive follow up. The two distinct follow up types allow us to hone our attention on those who are at a greater risk of having hearing loss while monitoring and notifying parents and physicians about the importance of 1-3-6 and the advantage of early identification. The new protocol centers on implementing processes from a public health perspective and caters to the high-risk populations for the long-term benefits. The program also redefined “lost to follow up” by separating those “lost to screening”. Join us as we discuss our findings and strategy to better the program and focus efforts on those with a greater need.
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