Title: 'The Advisory Committee Advantage; Building and Managing an Effective EHDI Advisory Committee'
Track: 1 - EHDI Program Enhancement
Keyword(s): Advisory Committee, benchmarks, stakeholders, engagement
Learning Objectives:
  1. Influence the establishment of a diverse and active Advisory Committee.
  2. Identify strategies to engage and best utilize stakeholders on Advisory Committees
  3. Develop new approaches to managing complex issues within Advisory Committees


A well-constructed advisory group—whether you call it a board, committee, or council—with a clear mission can make all the difference in achieving you state Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) goals and meet national recommendations. EHDI programs may understand the purpose of an advisory group and why it’s important, but starting and maintaining one often takes a back seat to the more pressing needs of day-to-day operations. However, using well informed stakeholders can make a huge difference to get objective advice, seek new strategic positions, or influence changes in practice. From identifying the right people, to managing conflict, and getting the most out of your meetings, this presentation will offer some rules of thumb to follow and examples from other states to use when building or participating on your states advisory board.
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Nicole Brown - POC,Co-Presenter
Minnesota Dept of Health
     Credentials: MSN, PHN, CPNP
     Other Affiliations: Public Member, Board of Governors American Board of Audiology
      Nicole Brown is a certified pediatric nurse practitioner and has worked in Minnesota’s Maternal and Child Health/Public Health field for over 17 years at both the state and local level. She is Minnesota’s EHDI Coordinator responsible to provide long-range planning and direction for the development, implementation, and evaluation of a statewide EHDI system for children once they are identified with hearing loss. Nicole served as the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners’ liaison to the American Academy of Pediatrics Task Force on Improving the Effectiveness of Newborn Hearing Screening, Diagnosis, and Intervention. She works with NCHAM as Quality Improvement Advisor and is the parent of two children who are deaf.

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Kirsten Coverstone - Co-Presenter,Author
MN Dept. of Health
     Credentials: Au.D.
      Kirsten Coverstone is an audiologist with many years of service dedicated to early hearing detection and intervention. She grew up in southern Minnesota, earned her masters degree from the Univ. of Northern Iowa and her doctorate from Salus University. Kirsten has actively worked at the local state and national levels to promote universal newborn screening for hearing. As coordinator of the Lions Infant Hearing Program at the University of Minnesota she worked directly with hospitals to establish effective hearing screening programs and audiologists to confirm hearing loss. In addition, Kirsten implemented a statewide hearing instrument loaner program for infants and young children in Minnesota. She is dedicated to making a difference in the lives of children and their families as the MDH EHDI Screening Program Coordinator.

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