Title: 'The Newborn Hearing Screening Training Curriculum (NHSTC): New Tools and Opportunities for Hospitals and State EHDI Programs '
Track: 1 - EHDI Program Enhancement
Keyword(s): NHS, Expansion, Learner Outcome Data
Learning Objectives:
  1. Identify and differentiate formats available on the infanthearing.org website for institutionalizing the newborn hearing screening training curriculum.
  2. Discuss opportunities to collect learner outcome data
  3. Distinguish the difference between the Newborn Hearing screening curriculum and the Program Manager module


The NHSTC was developed to help hospitals and EHDI stakeholders standardize training and offer a comprehensive foundation from which screeners can provide quality newborn hearing screening and follow-up as a standard of care to all babies and families. In an effort to improve accessibility the course was re-created in a web based format. The newly formatted curriculum allows learners to move through the course at their own pace and increases user friendliness.It is easily available and accessible on the infanthearing.org website in 4 different formats. This presentation will discuss the various training formats, how state EHDI programs and hospitals can utilize them as a sustainable approach to ongoing training and the pro’s and con’s of each format. Information about CEU opportunities will be discussed, as well as incorporating pre and post self-assessment tools as a mechanism for states to collect learner outcome data. In addition, highlights on a new module for Program Managers of Newborn Hearing Screening programs will be presented.
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Randi Winston - POC,Co-Presenter,Author
NCHAM, The EAR Foundation of Arizona, The Arizona Department of Health Services
     Credentials: Au.D, CCC-A
     Other Affiliations: Member ASHA, AAA, ArSHA
      Randi Winston has been a consulting audiologist for The EAR Foundation of Arizona (EFAZ), the Arizona Department of Health Services and Arizona's State EHDI Program since 1998. Her role has primarily involved working with hospital based newborn hearing screening, early childhood hearing screening programs statewide. She continues to provide ongoing training and technical assistance with an emphasis on program quality. She serves on the National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management (NCHAM) Technical Assistance Network, assisting states in Region X in their EHDI efforts.

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Karen Markuson Ditty - Co-Presenter
     Credentials: Au.D.,CCC-A Board Certified in Audiology
     Other Affiliations: Newborn Intensive Care Specialists,P.A.
      Dr. Ditty is a pediatric audiologist with extensive experience and expertise in EHDI programs. Her career spans over 30 years and includes leading and implementing EHDI activities in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and in the Houston and Dallas areas of Texas. She is the former Director of Audiology and Speech Pathology at the Woman’s Hospital in Baton Rouge, and continues to oversee hospital programs in the Houston and Dallas areas of Texas. Dr. Ditty has been associated with NCHAM for more than 15 years as a member of the Technical Assistance Network and coordinates the NCHAM national pediatric audiology diagnostic workshops. She also works on a variety of projects related to early childhood screening and pediatric audiology such as the Newborn Hearing Screening Training Curriculum and issues related to program quality, financing and sustainability. Dr. Ditty has authored and contributed to publications related to EHDI at local, national and international forums.

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