Title: 'The 'Next Steps,' A Simple, Scripted, Checklist Message to Improve follow-up and Assess Understanding'
Track: 1 - EHDI Program Enhancement
Keyword(s): script, literacy friendly, picture identifiers
Learning Objectives:
  1. Restate the "Next Steps" when a baby refers
  2. Discuss the benefits of a simplified checklist.
  3. Predict if this checklist format can work in other state EHDI Programs


Who doesn't love a good checklist? In New Jersey, we have developed several literacy friendly checklists with picture identifiers/recommendations to help parents understand hearing follow-up and intervention while providing a vehicle for assessment of understanding for healthcare staff. The checklists provide a consistent message for follow-up and intervention. There are 'Next Steps' checklists for babies that refer, have been recently identified with hearing loss, have canal atresia, and for the medical home. As a state participating with a recent National Initiative for Children's Healthcare Quality (NICHQ)/Improving Hearing Screening and Intervention Systems (IHSIS) Collaborative, New Jersey had the opportunity to work with local healthcare professionals and parents to share successful ideas and initiate small tests of change to improve follow-up and intervention. Through this collaboration, we have developed several “Next Steps” checklists forms. The original “Next Steps” form was developed by our NICHQ Core Team Member, audiologist Rosa Abreu, MBA, MA,CCC-A. Ms. Abreu developed her original checklist in her practice then shared it with our NICHQ Learning Collaborative. Since the development of the “Next Steps” forms, we have seen in increase in timely follow-up and timely enrollment with Early Intervention. We plan to continue to test, refine, and review our forms based on our EHDI data and feedback.
Presentation: Poster_LindaBiando_1505.pdf

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Linda Biando - Primary Presenter,POC
NJ DHSS - EHDI Program
     Credentials: MSN
      Linda Biando received her MSN in Perinatology from the University of Pennsylvania and BSN in Nursing from the University of Massachusetts. She is a Public Health Consultant with the New Jersey Department of Health in the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Program. Ms. Biando was the New Jersey Team Lead for the most recent NICHQ/IHSIS grant during 2012-2013. She facilitates follow-up with hospitals, the medical home and others in her work with the New Jersey EHDI program.

Financial - No relevant financial relationship exist.

Nonfinancial - No relevant nonfinancial relationship exist.
Barbara Moyer - Co-Presenter
AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center
     Credentials: Administrative Associate
      Barbara Moyer, a native of South Jersey, has worked in two local hospitals for 30+ years, mainly in the mother-baby units. She is currently an Administrative Associate at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center. During this past year, she has been an active team member of the New Jersey NICHQ/IHSIS committee. A self-proclaimed data geek, Barb has worked with the Electronic Birth Certificate database from 1995-2011 collecting and compiling data. Then newborn hearing became a part of that database. In 2001 Barb's second grandson was born with hearing loss and malformation of his right ear which deepened her involvement in the hearing program and follow-up of the newborns. Barb has been actively involved in improving the hospitals procedures, educating parents and improving hearing follow-up. She works with the local audiology center to coordinate services.

Financial - No relevant financial relationship exist.

Nonfinancial - No relevant nonfinancial relationship exist.