Title: 'LEND Post-doc Pediatric Audiology Training to Improve Services in Rural Areas '
Track: 7-EHDI Workforce Issues
Audience: Primary Audience: Audiologist
Secondary Audience: University
Tertiary Audeince: State Health Department
Keyword(s): Audiology training, rural outreach, tele-health
Learning Objectives: identify and implement options for training of rural health professionals.


The Marion Downs Hearing Center at the University of Colorado participates in the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopment and Related Disabilities (LEND) program supported by federally funding through HRSA's Maternal Child Health Bureau. The program has a unique goal to support audiology services in underserved rural areas by providing training to currently practicing audiologists in rural areas. There is a clear need to increase the number of audiologists in Colorado with an expertise to support services for infants and children. Infants who fail the newborn hearing screening process are not receiving consistent follow-up from screening. The Colorado LEND program has the goal to recruit 3 audiologists in rural practices who have a current Colorado Audiology License and a minimum of 2 years post masters/doctoral (MA, AuD or PhD) clinical experience in the field of audiology. The audiologists have demonstrated the capacity to provide diagnostic evaluation for infants and children regardless of race or ethnicity and are willing to provide diagnostic evaluations for infants and children who are on public health insurance. This presentation will present the plan and current progress of the on-site and tele-health components of this training program.
Presentation(s): Not Available
Handouts: Not Available
Vickie Thomson - Colorado Department of Public Health & Education
     Credentials: Ph.D.
      Vickie Thomson, Ph.D, is the State Audiology Consultant and Director of Newborn Screening Programs at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. She worked as a clinical audiologist for 25 years. The past 15 years have been devoted to developing comprehensive systems from newborn hearing screening through early intervention. Vickie provides technical assistance at the local, state and national level.