Title: 'NICHQ Improving Hearing Screening & Intervention Systems (IHISIS) Learning Collaborative: Connecting Past Work with Present Work'
Track: 5-Follow-up, Tracking, and Data Management
Keyword(s): quality improvement, lost to follow-up
Learning Objectives: Partipants will be able to identify activities based on quality improvement methodology that can be translated to a state EHDI program.


Since 2005, the National Initiative for Children’s Healthcare Quality (NICHQ) in collaboration with the Maternal Child Health Bureau and National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management, have implemented four learning collaboratives to improve progress towards the 1-3-6 goals, reduce loss to follow-up, and strengthen systems and relationships between stakeholders. Thirty-six (36) teams (35 state teams, plus the District of Columbia) have participated, or are currently taking part, in a NICHQ hearing collaborative. Through the collaborative framework, teams learn from each others’ successes and failures. Using quality improvement methodology (the Model for Improvement), state teams test ideas on a small scale, eventually implementing successful ideas on a larger scale. This approach allows states some individualization of approaches related to their unique needs within their state. Team members that took part in previous iterations of the hearing collaboratives (22 teams) will be invited to present a storyboard. The session will be structured, and allow participants to interact in small groups, fostering discussion. Teams from previous collaboratives will learn about each others’ work post-collaborative. Teams currently engaged in collaborative work, or who will be engaged in the future, will learn from the successes and failures of their predecessors. To date, teams have had minimal opportunities to connect across collaboratives. During the session: 1) Dr Russ will open the session with an overview of each of the collaboratives to date, including overall goals and achievements. 2) Storyboard rounds: One team member will present their storyboard. Additional team members, and team members from the current iteration of the collaborative, will “round,” spending five minutes at each storyboard. Storyboards will address teams’ successes, failures, and learnings during their collaborative work; ongoing QI work post-collaborative; and how their work in the collaborative has changed their system and/or day-to-day work.
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Meghan Guinnee - NICHQ
     Credentials: PhD
      Meghan is a Project Director with NICHQ (National Initiative for Children's Healthcare Quality). She has served as Project Director on a number of Collaboratives aiming to improve access to quality healthcare and education for young children. She is the Project Director for the NICHQ/HRSA newborn hearing Collaboratives (Improving Hearing Screening and Intervention Systems Collaboratives), which work with state EHDI systems to improve follow-up and access to services for young children with hearing loss.
Shirley Russ - NICHQ
     Credentials: MD MPH FRACP
     Other Affiliations: Research Faculty, UCLA Center for Healthier Children, Families and Communities
      Dr Russ has played a leadership role in EHDI improvement as lead faculty for prior HRSA-MCHB NICHQ collaboratives, and locally in Calfornia as AAP Chapter 2 Champion on EHDI. Her research has focused on the epidemiology of childhood hearing loss, and on early life factors that affect later hearing ability.
Susan Wiley - Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
     Credentials: M.D., Developmental Pediatrician, Professor
      Dr. Susan Wiley is a developmental pediatrician with expertise in children who are deaf/hard of hearing. She has many years of experience serving children with multiple disabilities.