Title: 'Developing an EHDI Mentoring Relationship'
Track: 1 - EHDI Program Enhancement
Keyword(s): Mentor EHDI Coordinator Professional Development
Learning Objectives:
  1. Participants will actively contribute to a development of a model for an EHDI Mentoring program.


With recent turnover in EHDI programs nationwide there is a cohort of new program administrators that can benefit from a mentoring relationship with seasoned EHDI Directors. Following the 2012 EHDI meeting, the new Delaware EHDI Program Director voiced a need for such a program on the monthly EHDI Chat conference call. The New Jersey EHDI Program Director with more than ten years in the EHDI program, agreed to an informal mentor relationship. Calls were set up on a monthly basis and have proven useful for the new program director. We propose this to be a model program based on the successful AMCHP New Director Mentor Program which serves new Title V directors and MCH/CYSHCN Directors to foster leadership development and programmatic insight. Through formal opportunities to interact at the annual EHDI conference and monthly EHDI Chat Conference calls a forum for networking can be established. In addition regular communications between the new and seasoned directors provide ongoing guidance, resources and support and perspective. Benefits to the new EHDI Director include: greater knowledge of the EHDI Program; access to an insider’s perspective-someone who has been in the position; exposure to diverse perspectives from other states; personal and professional growth as well as expanding your professional network. Benefits to the mentor include: personal and professional growth, satisfaction in contributing to someone’s professional development and the development of an effective EHDI program, sharing valuable knowledge gained from personal experience and engagement in meaningful volunteer opportunities within your field of practice. This working session will seek to match mentors/mentees, suggest a framework for a formal EHDI mentoring process, and explore a model for sustainability of a mentoring program.
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Erin Cipriano - Co-Presenter
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
     Credentials: AuD, CCC-A
      Erin Cipriano, AuD, CCC-A is a clinical audiologist at The Center for Childhood Communication at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). She received her Doctorate of Audiology (AuD) from The University of Florida. Erin has been a practicing audiologist at CHOP for 13 years. Her area of clinical interest is newborn hearing screening and she serves as a clinical leader for the Center's Newborn Hearing Screening Program.

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Kate Tullis - POC,Co-Presenter
Delaware Divsion of Public Health
     Credentials: PhD
      Kate Tullis received her PhD in Toxicology from the University of California, Davis. Following a fellowship in Human Genetics at the University of Michigan she worked as a program coordinator for NYMAC, a regional genetics collaborative. In 2011 she became the Newborn Screening and Genetics Administrator for the State of Delaware where she directs the Newborn Metabolic and Hearing Screening Program.

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