Presenter Information:
Presenter 1: Name: Claudia Gaffney
Affiliation: McKing Consulting Corporation
Claudia Gaffney joined the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) Team at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD) in 2004. In this position she has developed materials and programs to help educate minorities and expand a public health initiative within hard-to-reach populations by producing educational materials in Spanish, disseminating critical information and creating partnerships at both state and national levels. Prior to her employment at CDC, she created, supervised and evaluated oral health prevention programs for rural communities in her home county of Colombia. She received her degree in Dentistry from Autonoma University of Manizales, Colombia in 1996 and a Master’s degree in Public Health from Mercer University in 2004.
Author Information:
Author 1: Name: Claudia Gaffney
Affiliation: McKing Consulting Corporation
Abstract Information:
Title: Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) 2006 Demographic Data
Primary Track: 1-EHDI Program Enhancement
Keyword(s): diversity, demographic data, loss to follow-up


Data collection and tracking is an integral part of every successful statewide EHDI program, and has the potential to become a centralized safety net to prevent loss to follow-up. Methods vary from state to state and range from paper-and-pencil systems to custom-built software applications. The Wisconsin Sound Beginnings program uses a custom web-based application to track every birth in the state through screening and diagnosis, and is in the process of integrating with the state’s Early Intervention program to complete data tracking through the EHDI continuum. This presentation will include a simulation of the system, and will highlight enhancement plans for referring children to Early Intervention, as well as the tracking and reporting of children with hearing loss risk factors. Discussion will include advantages, lessons learned, and possibilities when building a system like Wisconsin’s.
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