Title: 'Using Good Health TV to Reduce LTF in Tribal Populations'
Track: 1 - EHDI Program Enhancement
Keyword(s): loss to follow-up, Good Health TV, PDSA
Learning Objectives:
  1. Identify several methods of using media to reduce LTF within tribal populations.


While hearing loss is one of the most common birth defects and one of the easiest to detect, in ND a higher percentage of American Indian children are lost to follow-up. It is critical that parents are convinced that finding out will be better than not knowing. All too often distance and other impeding factors distract parents from pursuing definitive results. ND EHDI recruited a tribal mother, who did all the right things at the right time for her son who now wears two cochlear implants, to share her story. The Turtle Mountain Tribe in northern ND continues to birth infants and have a high rate of referrals on birth screens. To combat loss to follow-up with this segment of the population the North Dakota EHDI program collaborated with KAT Communications, Inc. to produce a short video that is airing on Good Health TV in one tribal community in ND. Good Health TV was developed to reach tribal members on a variety of health related concerns. It plays in all ND tribal community health facilities. ND EHDI planned a PDSA around this presentation and monitored the rate of parents who brought their child back for a follow-up screen. ND EHDI follow-up coordinator, Rhonda Weathers, tracked the screening rates before and after airing of the video to measure the success of the message. In addition to the Good Health TV message posters were placed in strategic areas. This presentation will give participants a look at the video, hear the message first hand from the parent, and review the data.
Presentation: Poster_NeilScharpe_1639.pdf

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Neil Scharpe - Primary Presenter,POC
North Dakota Center for Persons with Disabilities
     Credentials: MS SpEd
     Other Affiliations: Minot State University, Minot, ND
      Neil Scharpe, MS SpEd received his undergraduate degree in Elementary Ed and Special Education from Minot State University, Minot, ND in 1978 and his MS in Special Education with a concentration in severe disabilities in 1982 also from MSU. Mr. Scharpe was employed for 24 years as an administrator of a community rehabilitation program serving people with developmental disabilities. For the past six years Mr. Scharpe has been employed by the North Dakota Center for Persons with Disabilities a university center of excellence located at Minot State University. He is the project director of the HRSA funded ND EHDI program and also is project director of the statewide Navigator project to assist consumers in accessing the Affordable Care Act.

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Rhonda Weathers - Co-Presenter
     Credentials: MS ED
      Ms. Rhonda Weathers, M. ED, a Research Associate at North Dakota Center for Persons with Disabilities, has 18 years of public school experience as case manager of students with special health care needs and intellectual disabilities. Ms. Weathers’ current role at NDCPD is an Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) Program follow-up coordinator, a Team Assessment Coordinator for the Supporting Autism in North Dakota (SAND) project to assist in conducting trainings to the medical professionals, organizing training materials, and disseminating information across the state. She also serves as a Project Director to facilitate the online course, The Fundamentals of Medical Home for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs at Minot State University for the Medical Home Education in North Dakota (MHEND) Project.

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