Title: 'Developing EHDI Database Systems in the Federated States of Micronesia'
Track: 6 - Follow-up, Tracking and Data Management
Keyword(s): EHDI database development
Learning Objectives:
  1. Describe the challenges faced by the Federated States of Micronesia, with its many island states across miles of ocean, in developing an integrated, relevant, and user-friendly data management system for the EHDI program
  2. Explain the decision-making process, obstacles, and solutions leading to the establishment of the FSM EHDI database tracking and surveillance system (referred to as the Hearing Evaluation Record (HER System)
  3. Assess current status of system development and propose other alternatives or reporting protocols to improve system operations


The Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) is an island nation that is freely associated with the United States and has participated in the EHDI program initiative since 2009. Establishing a tracking and surveillance system for the babies born in the 4 FSM States (Pohnpei, Kosrae, Yap, and Chuuk)which are all seperated by miles of ocean, encountered significant challenges which eventually led to the development of the Hearing Evaluation Record, or HER system for the FSM-EHDI program. Participants will learn of the challenges, obstacles, solutions, and the decision making process that led to its development, and will also participate in providing recommendations for expansion and refinement.
Presentation: 1173VelmaSablan.pdf

Handouts: Handout is not Available
Velma Sablan - Primary Presenter,Co-Presenter
University of Guam
     Credentials: Ph.D. & Project Evaluator/Consultant to the FSM-EHDI Project
     Other Affiliations: University of Guam/Guam CEDDERS University of Guam/School of Education
      Dr. Velma Sablan is Professor of Educational Research at the Univerity of Guam, Division of Foundations & Educational Research, and Human Services. She has also been the project evaluator for the Guam EHDI program since 2003 and the FSM-EHDI program since 2009.

Financial - No relevant financial relationship exist.

Nonfinancial - No relevant nonfinancial relationship exist.