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State EHDI Coordinator/Grantee Meeting

March 7, 2012

Each state is expected to develop a comprehensive system for newborn hearing screening, diagnosis, and services for children with hearing loss. To do that requires a clear understanding of goals, knowledge of effective practices, and coordination among various stakeholders.

As Early Hearing Detections and Intervention (EHDI) programs continue to evolve and improve, it is important for EHDI coordinators to review and discuss the goals for state EHDI programs and to discuss effective practices with other EHDI program coordinators. The purpose of the meeting, which takes place on the Wednesday following the National EHDI Meeting, is to provide an opportunity for state EHDI coordinators to share information about successes and challenges and to discuss how to improve EHDI programs. The state EHDI coordinator (or designee) for every state or territory is expected to attend.

As a result of this meeting participants will be able to:

  • Describe effective practices of a comprehensive state EHDI program.
  • Identify significant challenges they are likely to encounter in operating an effective EHDI program and describe various strategies for dealing with those challenges.
  • Understand how to successfully manage grants and cooperative agreements that provide support for EHDI programs.
  • Identify strategies and resources that can be used to improve their state EHDI program.

Tentative Agenda for Wednesday, March 7, 2011

8:00 - 8:45 Using Systematic Program Evaluation to Improve EHDI
8:45 - 9:15 EHDI PALS: Improving Access to Pediatric Audiologists
9:15 – 10:00 EHDI Programs and Hearing Screening in Early Childhood Programs
10:00-10:15 Break
10:15 - 10:45 Linkages to Other Public Health and Educational Initiatives
10:45 - 11:30 CDC Grants Management Issues
11:30 -12:15 MCHB Grants Management Issues
12:15 - 1:00 Lunch (on Your Own)
1:00 - 2:00 EHDI Program Sustainability
2:00 – 2:45 Quality Improvement Successes (Panel Presentation)
2:45 – 3:00 Wrap up

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