Title: 'Periodic Early Childhood Hearing Screening Gaining Momentum: Practical Resources for Building Collaboration Between EHDI and Early Childhood Programs. '
Track: 1-EHDI Program Enhancement
Keyword(s): loss to follow-up, periodic screening, EHDI improvement
Learning Objectives: At the end of this presentation participants will be able to describe how existing early childhood screening programs can be incorporated into current UNHS EHDI Programs, the benefits of making these linkages, and the resources available to support these collaborations.


Periodic early childhood hearing screening is gaining momentum throughout the US. Whether by Part C Early Intervention programs, Early Head Start, Parents as Teachers Programs or, in some cases, by health care providers, more than a million young children each year are currently being screened for hearing loss apart from UNHS efforts. And that number is growing! The importance of these ongoing efforts in helping to reduce the nearly 50% loss to Follow-up/Documentation from newborn screening (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 20009) while also identifying additional children with late onset or progressive losses, should not be undervalued. EHDI programs now face both the challenge and the opportunity of collaborating with other screening program efforts. NCHAM’s Early Childhood Hearing Outreach (ECHO) Initiative has helped more than 37 state EHDI programs make significant headway in linking the UNHS EHDI effort with existing early childhood hearing screening practices. This presentation will provide EHDI staff and local audiologists with an understanding of how they can be a part of the “ECHO” of best practices for periodic early childhood screening in their state. This includes practical strategies for gathering data about the status of early childhood hearing screening practices in the state and specific steps for helping programs develop Otoacoustic Emissions (OAE) hearing screening and follow-up processes for children birth to three years of age. You will have an opportunity to learn how others are approaching the opportunity to build collaborations between state EHDI programs and various community-based early childhood programs. Come learn about how you and your state can be a part of the ECHO!
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Lenore Shisler - NCHAM
     Credentials: MS
      Lenore Shisler is a Senior Research Scientist with the National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management who provides technical assistance to newborn and early childhood hearing screening programs.
Terry Foust - Intermountain Health Care
     Credentials: Au.D., CCC-A/SLP
      Terry Foust, Au.D., CCC-A/SLP, is a consulting pediatric audiologist and speech-language pathologist with the National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management (NCHAM). He serves as one of the NCHAM EHDI national network audiologists and as an audiology consultant to the Hearing Head Start ECHO Project with NCHAM. He also provides consultation for MCHB, HRSA and the Office of Performance Review. He is the administrator for Intermountain Healthcare's Community and School Clinics which are healthcare facilities dedicated to serving the low income, uninsured and homeless populations.
Jan Buhrmann - ECHO Initiative Head Start
     Credentials: Ph.D., Sociology; Project Coordinator for the ECHO Initiative Head Start (National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management, Utah State University)
     Other Affiliations: Illinois College
      Jan Buhrmann serves as Project Coordinator for the ECHO Initiative Head Start (National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management, Utah State University). Her areas of specialization include qualitative and quantitative research, health care, and health policy. She also serves on the faculty of Illinois College in Jacksonville, IL, in the Department of Sociology.
Jeff Hoffman - NCHAM
     Credentials: MS, CCC-A
     Other Affiliations: NCHAM, Utah State University
      Jeff Hoffman is the Outreach Coordinator for the Early Childhood Hearing Outreach (ECHO) Initiative at NCHAM, Utah State University. Jeff has many years of experience serving as a state EHDI coordinator and working within Head Start. As an audiologist, Jeff's combined experience affords him to be a valuable resource to state EHDI programs and Head Start grantees as they build collaborations to support quality hearing screening and follow-up practices.