Title: 'Maximizing the Impact and Effectiveness of State EHDI Advisory Boards'
Track: 1-EHDI Program Enhancement
Keyword(s): EHDI Advisory Board; State EHDI Systems
Learning Objectives: Describe the current status of EHDI Advisory Boards in the U.S. List challenges associated with successful implementation of an EHDI advisory board Describe three models for successful implementation of an EHDI advisory board


A national survey of state EHDI coordinators published in July, 2011, reported strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats within 12 domains related to statewide EHDI programs. Among the four most frequently cited themes, the presence of an “active EHDI advisory board” emerged as one of the most important strengths for many states (Volta Review, 111 (2), Summer, 2011). Unfortunately, some states have no EHDI Advisory Board while others meet infrequently or on an irregular basis (Irene Forsman, July, 2011, personal communication). This session will examine the history of state EHDI advisory boards, their intended purpose, and how they can be employed optimally. We will summarize their current status in the U.S. and provide examples of successful models used in several states including strategies for involving non-state employees as advocates and change agents. Challenges and barriers to successful implementation will also be addressed. Time will be allotted for audience participation and discussion.
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Jackson Roush - University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
     Credentials: PhD, CCCA
     Other Affiliations: AAA, ASHA, AGB, AAS
      Dr. Roush is Professor and Director of the Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences, University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Chapel Hill, NC. He also serves as Director of the North Carolina LEND program and is co-chair of the NC EHDI Advisory Board.
Ginger Mullin - IL EHDI
     Credentials: AuD
     Other Affiliations: EHDI coordinator
      Dr. Mullin has a bachelors degree from the University of Northern Iowa and a masters degree in Audiology from The University of Memphis. From 1996-1999 she worked for the Arkansas Department of Health specializing in pediatric diagnostics and amplification as well as infant hearing screening. In 1999, Ginger moved to Illinois where she specialized for six years as a pediatric audiologists performing electrophysiologic measures and pediatric hearing aid fittings. During that time she received her Au.D. from The University of Florida. Ginger has presented regionally and nationally in the areas of pediatrics and newborn hearing. Ginger has been the EHDI co-coordinator for the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Program since 2005. She is currently employed by the Illinois Department of Public Health . Ginger currently works closely with the UIC- Division of Specialized Care for Children to address screening, diagnosis and intervention issues.