Title: 'Oregon’s EHDI and Part C Partnership: Working Together to Make Good Things Happen for Young Children with Hearing Loss'
Track: 4 - Early Intervention
Keyword(s): Part C, Early Intervention, collaboration
Learning Objectives:
  1. successfully overcome barriers to communication, collaboration, and data sharing between EHDI and Part C Programs, especially when these agencies are housed in two different state agencies.


EHDI and Part C programs often have difficulty with communication, collaboration, and data sharing, which may result in difficulties meeting EHDI benchmarks for the hearing needs of very young children, especially when the two programs are housed in different state agencies. Communication challenges may compromise the effectiveness of the EHDI and Part C programs and the accuracy of EHDI program data reporting. Oregon’s EHDI and Part C programs (Health Department and Education Department, respectively) have been very successful overcoming barriers to collaboration, including data sharing, communication and input on important projects related to the hearing needs of children ages birth through 3. Through mutual staff training, communication on the inner workings of our respective systems, advisory board service, data sharing arrangements, and involved parents, Oregon has created a highly functional and effective cross-discipline system. Come and learn how these efforts have impacted services (and data) for Oregon’s youngest children with hearing loss.
Presentation: 1306GinnaOliver.pdf

Handouts: Handout is not Available
Heather Morrow-Almeida - Primary Presenter
Oregon EHDI Program
     Credentials: MPH
      Heather Morrow-Almeida currently works in the Maternal and Child Health Section of the Center for Prevention and Health Promotion as a Systems and Policy Analyst and the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) Coordinator. Prior to joining the Division of Public Health, she completed the Public Health Prevention Service Fellowship with the CDC. During the fellowship, she was assigned to the Cowlitz County Health Department in Washington State for two years and spent a year in Atlanta working for both the Division of Tuberculosis Elimination and the Built Environment Team in the National Center for Environmental Health. During the fellowship, she worked on the National Tuberculosis Indicators Project, Health Impact Assessment, sexual health programs, and community environmental health initiatives, along with other management and evaluation experiences. Heather completed her Master in Public Health degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, in the Maternal and Child Health Department.

Financial - No relevant financial relationship exist.

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Ginna Oliver - Co-Presenter
Oregon Department of Education
     Credentials: MA
      Ginna Oliver has a master’s in speech pathology and has been working with Oregonians with disabilities for 30 years. She currently works as an Educational Specialist for the Oregon Department of Education as an Early Intervention and Early Childhood Special Education Specialist (IDEA Part C and Part B 619), where she serves on the Oregon EHDI advisory board and works closely with a several special audiology projects related to Early Childhood. Ginna lives in Portland with her husband Michael, who also works in the disabilities field in Oregon.

Financial - No relevant financial relationship exist.

Nonfinancial - No relevant nonfinancial relationship exist.