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ABSTRACT INFORMATION
Title: 'EHDI System Self-Assessment using JCIH Early Intervention Recommendations: A Foundation for Continuous Improvement'
Track: 9 - Program Evaluation and Quality Improvement
Keyword(s): Self-Assessment, Early Intervention, JCIH Recommendations
Learning Objectives:
  1. Identify how state EHDI partners can collaboratively use self-assessment as a mechanism to evaluate their own systems and guide the development of quality improvement activities to strengthen services delivered to children who are D/HH and their families.
  2. Discuss the value of assessing EHDI system progress towards JCIH goals.
  3. Explain how EHDI partners in Minnesota tested the use of self-assessment to identify strengths and areas where improvement is needed.

Abstract:

EHDI partners and programs are committed to implementing continuous quality improvement, yet may have difficulty prioritizing where to start or how to define and measure the various dimensions of quality that improve EHDI early intervention systems. In 2013, the Joint Committee on Infant Hearing utilized literature searches, existing systematic reviews, and professional consensus statements to develop general criteria for best practices in early intervention for children who are deaf and hard of hearing (Supplement to the JCIH 2007 Position Statement: Principles and Guidelines for Early Intervention After Confirmation That a Child Is Deaf or Hard of Hearing). Although these guidelines describe best practices in early intervention, they do not specify the exact means to identify where an organization might be in terms of achievement nor do they guide the stages of moving toward higher levels of quality. The ongoing use of an EHDI system self-assessment can provide a tangible means of guiding the quality drive and align partners in EHDI system improvement. This presentation will identify how state EHDI partners can collaboratively use self-assessment as a mechanism to evaluate their own systems and guide the development of quality improvement process to strengthen services delivered to children who are D/HH and their families. Presenters will share how Minnesota EHDI partners explored the use of self-assessment to identify strengths and areas where improvement is needed. Guidance from diverse state and national stakeholders regarding a recommended format of system self-assessment will be discussed. An additional purpose of this presentation is to gather qualitative input from participants about the value of assessing EHDI system progress towards JCIH goals and the prospect of creating a common self-assessment for use by other states.
Presentation: Monday_Caroll Ford_1105_NicoleBrown_1581.pdf

Monday_CarrollFord_1105_NicoleBrown_1581.pdf

Handouts: Handout_1581NicoleBrown.pdf
CART: Topical Session 1- 1581.rtf
PRESENTER(S) / AUTHOR(S) INFORMATION
Candace Lindow-Davies - Co-Presenter,Author,POC
Hands & Voices Headquarters
     Credentials: President, Hands & Voices Headquarters
      Candace Lindow-Davies, Minnesota Hands & Voices, is the mother of a son who is profoundly deaf, and for the past eight plus years, developed and coordinated services for MN Hands & Voices/Guide By Your Side at Lifetrack Resources in Minnesota . For seven years, Candace has also served as a parent consultant for the MN Dept. of Health's Newborn Hearing Screening Program. She also chairs the MN Dept. of Health's Newborn Hearing Screening Advisory Committee, representing parents of children who are deaf and hard of hearing.
      ASHA DISCLOSURE:

Financial - No relevant financial relationship exist.

Nonfinancial - No relevant nonfinancial relationship exist.
Christine Yoshinaga-Itano - Co-Presenter
University of Colorado-Boulder
     Credentials: Ph.D., CCC-A, CED
     Other Affiliations: Marion Downs Center, Institute of Cognitive Science
      Dr. Christine Yoshinaga-Itano is a Research Professor in the Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences, faculty of the Institute of Cognitive Science, Center for Neurosciences at the University of Colorado, Boulder, Department of Otolaryngology and Audiology at the University of Colorado, Denver and the Marion Downs Center. In 1996 she developed the Marion Downs National Center. Since 1996, Dr. Yoshinaga-Itano has assisted many state departments of education and public health agencies, schools for the deaf and blind, and early intervention programs throughout the United States and its territories. In addition, she has served as a consultant for many countries currently developing their early hearing detection and intervention programs, including the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, China, Korea, Belgium, Poland, Spain, Austria, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Netherlands, Mexico, Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Thailand, Philippines, and South Africa.
      ASHA DISCLOSURE:

Financial - No relevant financial relationship exist.

Nonfinancial - No relevant nonfinancial relationship exist.
Nicole Brown - Co-Presenter,Author,POC
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.
      ASHA DISCLOSURE:

Financial - No relevant financial relationship exist.

Nonfinancial - No relevant nonfinancial relationship exist.
Diane Behl - Co-Presenter
NCHAM
     Credentials: M.Ed.
      Diane Behl is a Senior Faculty member at the National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management. She facilitates telehealth learning communities and is a co-investigator for cost-effectiveness studies. She has expertise in evaluating the effectiveness of service coordination provided via Part C Early Intervention and Maternal and Child Health programs.
      ASHA DISCLOSURE:

Financial - No relevant financial relationship exist.

Nonfinancial - No relevant nonfinancial relationship exist.
Alyson Ward - Co-Presenter
NCHAM
     Credentials: MS
     Other Affiliations: CHES
      Alyson Ward has a M.S. in Health Education and a Certified Health Education Specialist certification and has worked in public health for over ten years. She has been involved in health promotion, education, research, policy, evaluation, grant development, and grant review from the community to national levels. Alyson oversees the National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management’s quality improvement (QI) technical assistance for state Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) programs and is the EHDI improvement advisor for six states and three U.S. territories. Alyson is also involved in the planning and implementation of Utah’s HB 81, which mandates the Utah Department of Health to conduct a public-centered and physician-centered education campaigns about Cytomegalovirus.
      ASHA DISCLOSURE:

Financial - No relevant financial relationship exist.

Nonfinancial - No relevant nonfinancial relationship exist.