Title: 'Is there a Heffalump in the Room: Realities of EHDI Programs'
Track: 7-EHDI Workforce Issues
Keyword(s): EHDI programs, realities, conflict resolution, danger, opportunities
Learning Objectives: 1) Identify key ideas in conflict resolution 2) Formulate ways to deal with conflict between states and program recipients 3) Share real stories in dealing with conflict


When presented with a difficult task or situation, we often find ourselves in conflict in how to deal with it. The Chinese word for conflict or crisis consists of two symbols - Danger and Opportunity. When we are faced with difficult moments, we must remember we have a choice. How we manage that choice often determines the outcome of the situation. Today’s EHDI programs are often presented with many conflicts. From the state’s perspective, they are faced with significant budget cuts and shortages. They must support programs that are federally mandated but with very little support and guidance. For many parents or caregivers, they enter a world in which they never imaged they would travel. A majority of babies with hearing impairment are born to normal hearing parents. How do they know what to do without support from others? Parents and caregivers begin the journey of learning about hearing loss and deafness as well as their rights for equal access to care. States struggle with eligibility criteria. Parents struggle with how to pay for hearing aids. States struggle with finding highly qualified providers. Parents struggle with communication choices. States struggle with natural environment definitions. And, parents struggle with educating their families and neighbors about their newborn baby and so forth. These realities are real for everyone involved. Join us and explore realities that we face in today’s EHDI program. While we will not have the answers to all conflicts we know that there is an opportunity for growth and sharing.
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Tamala Bradham - Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
     Credentials: Ph.D. in Speech and Hearing Sciences, University of South Carolina, 1998 CCC-A, ASHA since 1995
     Other Affiliations: NCHAM Consultant for Special Projects
      Tamala S. Bradham, Ph.D., CCC-A is a Assistant Professor at the Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center in Nashville, TN and the Associate Director of Quality, Protocols, and Risk Management. She is the Coordinator for the Steering Committee of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Special Interest Division 9: Hearing and Hearing Disorders in Childhood. She is the former director of the MUSC Cochlear Implant Center in Charleston, S.C. and the past President of the South Carolina Academy of Audiology and the South Carolina Chapter of A.G. Bell. Dr. Bradham also served as the Vice-Chairman of the First Sound Universal Newborn Hearing Screening Program in South Carolina. She received her doctorate in Speech and Hearing Sciences and her Master in Audiology at the University of South Carolina.
Patti Martin - Arkansas Children's Hospital
     Credentials: Ph.D. CCC-A F-AAA
     Other Affiliations: NCHAM
      Patti Martin, Ph.D., is the Director of Audiology and Speech Language Pathology at Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH). Her areas of expertise include infant screening/assessment, family support and program development. Her efforts with infant hearing screening began with a collaboration project to investigate the efficacy of TEOAEs as a newborn screening tool in the early 1990s and continue through her work on the board of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Special Interest Division on Childhood Hearing Disorders and as the Family Support Consultant for NCHAM. She has chaired the Arkansas Board of Examiners in Speech Pathology and Audiology, the Arkansas Universal Newborn Hearing Screening, Tracking and Intervention Boardand the Natinoal Investing in Family Support Conference for the past four years. Dr. Martin’s ongoing passion centers around how professionals can help support families in improving the outcomes of children with hearing loss.
Karl White - Utah State University
     Credentials: PhD
      Dr. White is a Professor of Psychology, the Emma Eccles Jones Endowed Chair in Early Childhood Education, and the founding Director of the National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management. He has been the PI or Co-PI for over $50 million of competitively awarded research. His work has been recognized with awards from such diverse organizations as the Deafness Research Foundation, the American Association for Speech Language and Hearing, The Swedish Society of Medicine, and the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf. He has hundreds of publications and presentations at scholarly meetings, and has been an invited speaker to more than 35 countries. He also serves on many national and international advisory groups for organizations such as the United States Department of Health and Human Services, the World Health Organization, the Institute of Medicine, and the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Lisa Kovacs - Parent
     Credentials: Parent of a child with hearing loss
      Lisa is a parent ofa child with hearing loss. She also works for the state of Indiana in the EHDI program as a family consultant.