March 13-15, 2016 • San Diego, CA


3/14/2016  |   11:35 AM - 12:05 PM   |  Topical Session 1   |  Pacific Salon 4/5   |  1 - EHDI Program Enhancement

Pilot Student Training Opportunity Benefits OOH Babies

EHDI programs continue to struggle to assure access to newborn hearing screening for babies born in out-of-hospital (OOH) settings. While support for hearing screening is growing in the OOH community, barriers to OOH families obtaining screening remain. One on these barriers is access to screening equipment. The equipment is prohibitively expensive for most birth centers, and many are unwilling to pass any additional costs on to their clients. Sharing equipment among communities of OOH providers is challenging to coordinate, if even logistically possible. EHDI programs have limited loaner equipment, and shrinking ability to cover the equipment’s on-going costs. To meet this need, Oregon's EHDI Program partnered with Portland State University to develop a year-long internship program for undergraduate students. Select students worked under the supervision of the EHDI Audiologist offering monthly and on-demand newborn hearing screening for OOH babies using state-owned OAE equipment at various OOH-friendly sites. 2014-2015 was the inaugural year of this partnership and resulted in the screening of over 50 OOH newborns—babies who historically would have never been screened. The benefits of this program for universities, students, OOH families and providers, as well as the EHDI program will be discussed. Strategies for developing a similar program in other states will be shared.

  • Describe the components of Oregon’s student intern program
  • Identify potential partners for developing an internship program in other states
  • Delineate the benefits project partners will realize

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Shelby Atwill (Primary Presenter,Co-Presenter,Author,POC), Oregon EHDI Program, shelby.atwill@gmail.com;
Shelby earned her Doctorate of Audiology (AuD) at the University of Washington in Seattle. She is a LEND Pediatric Audiology Fellow, and completed a full-time pediatric audiology externship at The Moog Center in St Louis. Shelby serves as an audiology consultant to the Oregon Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) team, after spending two years as a EHDI program staff audiologist.


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Heather Morrow-Almeida (Co-Presenter,Author), Oregon EHDI Program, heather.r.morrow-almeida@state.or.us;
Heather Morrow-Almeida currently works in the Maternal and Child Health Section of the Center for Prevention and Health Promotion as a Systems and Policy Analyst and the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) Coordinator. Prior to joining the Division of Public Health, she completed the Public Health Prevention Service Fellowship with the CDC. During the fellowship, she was assigned to the Cowlitz County Health Department in Washington State for two years and spent a year in Atlanta working for both the Division of Tuberculosis Elimination and the Built Environment Team in the National Center for Environmental Health. During the fellowship, she worked on the National Tuberculosis Indicators Project, Health Impact Assessment, sexual health programs, and community environmental health initiatives, along with other management and evaluation experiences. Heather completed her Master in Public Health degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, in the Maternal and Child Health Department.


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