16th ANNUAL EARLY HEARING DETECTION & INTERVENTION MEETING
February 26-28, 2017 • Atlanta, GA

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2/27/2017  |   3:20 PM - 3:50 PM   |  As One Door Closed, Another Door Opened: The Congenital CMV Initiative in Connecticut   |  Grand Hall D

As One Door Closed, Another Door Opened: The Congenital CMV Initiative in Connecticut

Abstract: CMV is the most common congenital viral infection in the United States. One in 150 children is born with Congenital Cytomegalovirus(c-CMV) each year. Congenital CMV is the leading infectious cause of developmental disabilities and hearing loss in children. Despite these numbers, healthcare providers and the general public have limited knowledge about CMV. On January 1, 2016, Public Act #15-10 took effect in Connecticut mandating that infants who fail a newborn hearing screening also be screened for CMV. This law also requires birthing facilities report any cases of CMV to the Department of Public Health. Despite the educational component of the bill not passing, the Connecticut Department of Public Health’s EHDI program was able to partner with Connecticut’s American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) EHDI Chapter Champion to develop various state-specific resources addressing congenital CMV testing and involved many stakeholders to ensure an organized and informed implementation effort throughout the existing public health system. This presentation will provide an overview of Connecticut’s recent CMV legislation and implementation. The collaborators,accomplishments, barriers, preliminary data, educational resources and future ideas will also be discussed.

  • Familiarize audience with data regarding the lack of knowledge about CMV by healthcare providers and parents
  • Encourage an understanding of the partnerships beneficial to the passage and implementation of CMV legislation in Connecticut
  • Describe the benefits and limitations of testing for cCMV and share preliminary data and CMV resources developed in CT

Presentation:
15804_5795Brenda KinsellaBalch.pdf

15804_5795BrendaBalch.pdf

Handouts:
Handout is not Available

Transcripts:
5795.RTF


Presenters/Authors

Brenda Kinsella Balch (), AAP CT Chapter Champion, bkbalch@sbcglobal.net;
Brenda Kinsella Balch, M.D. has been a pediatrician for over 25 years and has been the American Academy of Pediatrics Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Connecticut Chapter Champion since 2006. In addition she serves as the EHDI Regional Network Liaison for New England

ASHA DISCLOSURE:

Financial - No relevant financial relationship exist.

Nonfinancial - No relevant nonfinancial relationship exist.