Title: 'Oklahoma Audiology Task Force Makeover'
Track: 1 - EHDI Program Enhancement
Keyword(s): taskforce, collaboration, products, outreach, education
Learning Objectives:
  1. Identify ways that subcommittees activities and review products that can be modified for other states
  2. Identify ways to use a variety of technology options for task force activities
  3. c) Identify ways from other states how to improve state task forces


As states evaluate and investigate on how to maximize their state task forces and advisory boards, this session will share what happened when one state made drastic changes in an effort to create a gold standard of hearing healthcare, reinforce family-centered support, and enhance outreach education. In 2009, the Oklahoma Newborn Hearing Screening Program (NHSP) began to reflect on the purpose and productivity of the Oklahoma Audiology Task force (OKAT). This statewide task force was a key ingredient for implementing newborn hearing screening in the state many years before and primarily comprised of audiologists. However, participation had drastically been reduced and activities were limited. The NHSP decided to try something drastic....a complete makeover. Using a few simple premises, the task force was reconstructed through the development of five subcommittees (Protocols, Pediatric Audiology, Family Support, Genetics, and Childhood Provider Outreach). Subcommittees meet via phone with web access while quarterly meetings are held in person and via videoconference. Together OKAT created a vision, mission statement, guiding principles, and core values. Within these first few years, the once stagnant group increased membership and participation by five times, expanding membership to audiologists as well as other partners involved in the EHDI process. OKAT has developed several products. Many projects and activities (both completed and pending) will be shared that have been developed to improve statewide audiological protocols as well as improve coordinating care between primary care providers, specialists, subspecialists, and other health care professionals. The presentation will also discuss future plans and obstacles. Time will also be allotted for other states to share ways to improve state taskforces for maximum success.
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Patricia Burk - POC,Primary Presenter,Author
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

Financial - No relevant financial relationship exist.

Nonfinancial - No relevant nonfinancial relationship exist.