Title: 'Roast and Toast EHDI'
Track: 1 - EHDI Program Enhancement
Keyword(s): EHDI, Coordinators, Policy,
Learning Objectives:
  1. identify policies, practices and programs that have not worked for EHDI programs
  2. critically evaluate potential failures in their own program
  3. feel better about their own state programs as well as realistically relate success and failure stories to others


New EHDI coordinators have expressed feelings of intimidation, shame and hopelessness when they compare their own state against the successes which are often held up as the norm at conferences, webinars and in publications. One EHDI coordinator said that she wished that we could present our failures. This presentation is an attempt to accomplish sharing our worst stories in order to learn from each other's mistakes, laugh at ourselves and realize that even the model programs have their own stories of attempts that were less than successful. A carefully selected panel will share openly and honestly.
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Vickie Thomson - Co-Presenter
University of Colorado
     Credentials: PhD
      Vickie Thomson, PhD, served at the Director of the Colorado Newborn Hearing Program at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment from 1991 to 2012. She received her master’s degree in audiology from the University of Northern Colorado in 1978 and her doctorate degree from the University of Colorado Boulder in 2007. As a clinical audiologist Vickie started one of the first infant hearing programs at Boulder Community Hospital. She has provided technical assistance in developing screening programs in Colorado and in other states and countries. She has written numerous articles on the importance of early identification and intervention of hearing loss in infants. She currently is the principle investigator if the HRSA EHDI grant and is a consultant to the National Center on Hearing Assessment and Management.

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Janet Farrell - Co-Presenter
Department of Public Health
     Credentials: BA
     Other Affiliations: DSHPSHWA, New England Regional Genetics Group
      Ms. Farrell is the Program Director of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Universal Newborn Hearing Screening Program. She is also the Project Director of a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Cooperative Agreement and Maternal and Child Health grant. She is a senior manager in the Children and Youth with Special Health Needs Program in MA.

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Lylis Olsen - Primary Presenter,POC
EAR Foundation
     Credentials: MS, MPH
     Other Affiliations: AzEHDI Coordinator
      Lylis Olsen is the State EHDI Coordinator in Arizona. She is a pediatric audiologist with 25 years of experience. She also has a Master's in Public Health and has 21 years experience in state newborn hearing screening programs. She works for the EAR Foundation of Arizona and also manages the HEAR for Kids program.

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Ginger Mullin - Co-Presenter
     Credentials: AuD
     Other Affiliations: EHDI coordinator
      Dr. Mullin has a bachelors degree from the University of Northern Iowa and a masters degree in Audiology from The University of Memphis. From 1996-1999 she worked for the Arkansas Department of Health specializing in pediatric diagnostics and amplification as well as infant hearing screening. In 1999, Ginger moved to Illinois where she specialized for six years as a pediatric audiologists performing electrophysiologic measures and pediatric hearing aid fittings. During that time she received her Au.D. from The University of Florida. Ginger has presented regionally and nationally in the areas of pediatrics and newborn hearing. Ginger has been the EHDI co-coordinator for the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Program since 2005. She is currently employed by the Illinois Department of Public Health . Ginger currently works closely with the UIC- Division of Specialized Care for Children to address screening, diagnosis and intervention issues.

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Elizabeth Seeliger - Co-Presenter
     Credentials: Au.D.
      Elizabeth has worked as a clinical audiologist in a variety of settings, helping to guide children and families through the process of diagnosis and intervention of hearing loss. As the Wisconsin Sound Beginnings (WSB) Program Director Elizabeth has played a leadership role in the development of a data, tracking and referral system, developed educational resources for hospitals, providers and an interactive notebook for parents. Elizabeth has also spearheaded the initiative to enable WI homebirth midwives to provide UNHS. Elizabeth has also provided technical assistance and consultation locally and internationally on quality improvement in EHDI systems. Elizabeth currently sits on the board of directors for the WI Chapter of Families for Hands & Voices and Hands & Voices HQ.

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