Title: 'Oklahoma Follow-up: See How Far We've Come!!! Changing 1-3-6 Months into 1-3-6 weeks'
Track: 5-Follow-up, Tracking, and Data Management
Keyword(s): EHDI, Loss to follow-up, Loss to documentation, collaboration
Learning Objectives: 1. List and describe ways in which public and private entities can work together on accomplishing 1-3-6- goals as soon as possible 2. Identify ways to reduce loss to follow up/documentation in state EHDI programs 3. Learn from other states how they have been able to improve their LTF/LTD


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Healthy People 2010 goals of “1-3-6” have formed a wonderful guideline for early screening, diagnosis, and intervention of children with hearing loss. Oklahoma has proved that follow-up screening, diagnosis, and placement into early intervention can be completed for many infants in weeks rather than months. Each year, children diagnosed with hearing loss are guided through the EHDI process quickly with several children experiencing the “1-3-6” process by 6 weeks of life. This session will expand on previous information provided in 2009 on how to take children through this process in a timely manner, link them for early intervention services, and ensure that appropriate documentation is received at state EDHI programs indicating completed service for the children at risk. Updates will also be provided on Oklahoma’s ongoing dedication to improve follow-up by working with public and private entities. Part of the process in Oklahoma to reduce the Loss to Follow-up/Loss to Documentation (LTF/LTD) has included implementing data management systems, expanding the roles of a Follow-up/Audiology Coordinator, and implementing a Quality Assurance/Data Coordinator. Providing education on a statewide level to hospitals, audiologists, and other professionals has also been pivotal. Navigating the many phases of the EHDI process can be difficult. Professionals must be equipped with resources to provide families and must “think outside the box” to ensure that no child falls behind in their diagnosis and treatment. In this session, participants will learn how Oklahoma was able to successfully change the landscape for babies born in our state. Time will also be allotted to share amongst states other ways to improve LTF/LTD.
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Patricia Burk - Oklahoma State Department of Health
     Credentials: M.S., CCC-SLP, LSLSL Cert. AVT
      Patricia Burk is the EHDI Coordinator for the Newborn Hearing Screening Program at the Oklahoma State Department of Health. She is responsible for the day-to-day operation of program and coordinates all of the county health department's audiology services. Patricia has experience as a Speech-Language Pathologist working with children and adults who have hearing loss at renowned cochlear implant clinic. She is a Listening and Spoken Language Specialist, Certified Auditory-Verbal Therapist. She received her graduate training from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. Patricia serves on the boards of the Oklahoma Speech-Language Hearing Association (OSHA) and the Directors of Speech and Hearing Programs in State Health and Welfare Agencies (DSHPSHWA). She has also participated on the Joint Committee on Infant Hearing, Family Involvement Subcommittee.
Patricia Burk - Oklahoma State Department of Health
     Credentials: M.S., CCC-SLP, Cert AVT LSLS
      Patricia Burk is the Program Coordinator for Oklahoma's Newborn Hearing Screening Program and the facilitator of the Oklahoma Audiology Taskforce