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ABSTRACT INFORMATION
Title: 'Monitoring and Improving Quality of Community-based, Post-newborn Hearing Screening Practices'
Track: 1 - EHDI Program Enhancement
Keyword(s): periodic screening, EHDI improvement, quality improvement, colalboration
Learning Objectives:
  1. At the end of this presentation participants will be able to describe how EHDI staff and local audiologists can promote monitoring and improving the quality of post-newborn hearing screening programs with the use of online documentation and tracking tools that correspond with a clearly defined hearing screening and follow-up protocol.

Abstract:

Periodic early childhood hearing screening is gaining momentum throughout the US. Each year, hundreds of Early Head Start, early intervention and, increasingly, home visiting programs across the country are implementing otoacoustic emissions hearing screenings in an attempt to identify children who were either missed by newborn hearing screening or who have late-onset or progressive hearing loss. As with all screening practices, periodic early childhood hearing screening practices are only as effective as programs’ capacities to provide appropriate follow-up with children who do not pass. This means having a clearly defined follow-up protocol and a system for documenting outcomes and tracking children through completion of the protocol. This presentation will provide EHDI staff and local audiologists with an understanding of the roles they can play in promoting appropriate follow-up through the use of on-line tools to ensure that accurate documentation and timely follow-up occurs when children do not pass community-based, early childhood hearing screenings. The use of a package of hearing screening documentation tools and an accompanying tracking system that has been used by hundreds of early childhood screening programs across the nation will be demonstrated. The presentation will review an additional set of on-line resources for monitoring and improving the quality of post-newborn hearing screening practices and will demonstrate how these tools can be used in collaboration with state EHDI systems to provide follow-up information about children who were lost to follow-up or documentation from newborn screening as well as identify children with late-onset or progressive losses who could not have been identified at birth. This presentation will include specific examples of states who will share their own use of the documentation and tracking system and individual cases that illustrate how monitoring quality of post-newborn screening practices can benefit of children and families.
Presentation: Monday_Brethitt_200_WilliamEiserman_1525.pdf

Handouts: Handout is not Available
CART: Topical Session 2- 1525.RTF
PRESENTER(S) / AUTHOR(S) INFORMATION
William Eiserman - Primary Presenter,POC
ECHO Initiative Head Start
     Credentials: Ph.D. Director of Early Childhood Projects and the Early Childhood Hearing Outreach (ECHO) Initiative at the National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management (NCHAM), Utah State University.
      Dr. William Eiserman is the Director of Early Childhood Projects and the Early Childhood Hearing Outreach (ECHO) Initiative at the National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management (NCHAM), Utah State University. Dr. Eiserman's background includes program evaluation, instructional design, project management, and training.
      ASHA DISCLOSURE:

Financial - No relevant financial relationship exist.

Nonfinancial - No relevant nonfinancial relationship exist.
Jeff Hoffman - Co-Presenter
NCHAM
     Credentials: MS, CCC-A
     Other Affiliations: NCHAM, Utah State University
      Jeff Hoffman is the Outreach Coordinator for the Early Childhood Hearing Outreach (ECHO) Initiative at NCHAM, Utah State University. Jeff has many years of experience serving as a state EHDI coordinator and working within Head Start. As an audiologist, Jeff's combined experience affords him to be a valuable resource to state EHDI programs and Head Start grantees as they build collaborations to support quality hearing screening and follow-up practices.
      ASHA DISCLOSURE:

Financial - No relevant financial relationship exist.

Nonfinancial - No relevant nonfinancial relationship exist.
Lenore Shisler - Author
NCHAM
     Credentials: MS
      Lenore Shisler is a Senior Research Scientist with the National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management who provides technical assistance to newborn and early childhood hearing screening programs.
Terry Foust - Author
Intermountain Healthcare
     Credentials: Senior Healthcare Executive, Intermountain Health Care Au.D., Audiologist SLP - Speech-:Language Pathologist
     Other Affiliations: National Center for Hearing Assessment an Management - Consultant
      Terry Foust, AuD., has implemented and directed large newborn hearing screening programs in Utah and Idaho. He has provided consultation services to the Maternal Child Health Bureau (MCHB), the HRSA Office of Performance Review (OPR), the Medicaid and Medicare Policy Research Center and the NCHAM. He is a National Technical Assistance Network audiologist for NCHAM providing support to state EHDI programs and the Early Childhood Hearing Outreach program. International experience includes work and consultation in Accra (Ghana Africa), Costa Rica, Cairo Egypt, and most recently in Mumbai India. Professional honors include being the first recipient of the newly established Mary J. Webster Distinguished Service Award from the Utah Speech-Language and Hearing Association, recognition by Utah Business Magazine as the 2007 Healthcare Hero of the year as an administrator, the 2006 recipient of the national Larry H. Mauldin award for excellence in audiology education and other honors.