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

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2/27/2017  |   2:30 PM - 3:00 PM   |  Implementing Systemic Quality Improvement and Program Evaluation Measures   |  Hanover E

Implementing Systemic Quality Improvement and Program Evaluation Measures

Ensuring the efficacy of program is essential to all entities serving the birth to 3 years age. It is crucial that parents, state Early Intervention agencies, referral sources, funders, school districts and other stakeholders are ensured that the stated mission and vision of a program is substantiated in the measurable positive outcomes for the children and the family. By implementing the use of systemic quality improvement assessments to evaluate their programs, Child’s Voice was able to demonstrate efficacy. We began implementing tracking of various components one department at a time starting with our Early Intervention department, moving to the Audiology and School program. Careful examination and planning directed the selection of cohorts to be tracked in order to best appraise the effectiveness of the programs. The outcomes of implementing systemic quality evaluation are proof of quality of curriculum, have led to changes in programming, generated staff additions, assisted with ease of access to grants/funding dollars, initiated changes in legislation, and increased collaborations with outside networks. The process used from inception to the production of outcomes and statistics will be shared.

  • The learner will be able to discuss the benefit of implementing systemic quality improvement evaluations
  • The learner will understand first steps involved in selecting cohorts to be tracked and analyzed
  • The learner will be able to describe the positive outcomes of implementing a quality improvement program

Presentation:
15804_5596DawnVioletto.pdf

Handouts:
Handout is not Available

Transcripts:
5596.rtf


Presenters/Authors

Dawn Violetto (), Child's Voice, dvioletto@childsvoice.org;
Dr. Dawn Violetto is Director of Audiology at Child's Voice, the premier listening and spoken language school in Northern Illinois and has over 24 years of experience in pediatric audiology. At Child's Voice, Dawn serves the children and families by performing many functions as both an educational and diagnostic audiologist and also serves as a preceptor for doctoral students. Dawn received her B.A. and M.A in Audiology from Northern Illinois University and her Doctorate in Audiology from Arizona school of Health Sciences at A. T. Still University. Dawn has served on the Illinois New Born Hearing Advisory Committee, the Illinois New Born Hearing Collaborative and was involved in introducing the ECHO program in the state. She currently serves on the Illinois JCIH workgroup and the Illinois state SIAC Health Subcommitte Hearing Ad Hoc work group.

ASHA DISCLOSURE:

Financial - No relevant financial relationship exist.

Nonfinancial - No relevant nonfinancial relationship exist.


Kate Bousum (), Child's Voice, kbousum@childsvoice.org;
Kate Bousum serves as the Director of Advancement at Child's Voice. With over 14 years experience in the nonprofit sector, she has worked in fundraising, event planning, grant writing and a variety of development and marketing related projects and programs. At Child's Voice since 2010, Kate shares in the passion for helping children with hearing loss and believes that Child's Voice offers wonderful opportunities to not only the children, but also the parents. Kate received her degree from Purdue University in Communications and Public Relations. She is an active member in both the Association for Fundraising Professionals and the West Suburban Philanthropic Network where she serves on the 2017 AFP Education Council and as co-chair of the Program Committee of WSPN.

ASHA DISCLOSURE:

Financial - No relevant financial relationship exist.

Nonfinancial - No relevant nonfinancial relationship exist.


Michele Wilkins (), Child's Voice, mwilkins@childsvoice.org;
Dr. Wilkins is the Executive Director of Child’s Voice School, a listening and spoken language school for infants and children with hearing loss and their families. She received her doctorate from the University of Houston in the area of Curriculum and Instruction. Dr. Michele has worked in the field of deaf education for 40 years. She has held various positions from classroom teacher, parent-infant specialist, teacher supervisor and college instructor. Dr. Wilkins has been leading the charge as the Executive Director for the past 17 years. As the Executive Director, Dr. Michele (as called by her students) has witnessed the miracles that occur daily in the programs. When the student population increased so greatly she moved the organization from Elmhurst to its current site in Wood Dale. She established the Early Intervention services, she added the audiology department, and instituted the mainstream support services. The children and families served number in the hundreds. Furthermore more school districts now support the school program. Just three years ago Child’s Voice opened an early intervention program in the city of Chicago. The staff and Leadership team have grown over the past 17 years as well. Empowering children with hearing loss to be successful in all educational and social settings is the mission of Dr. Wilkins and Child’s Voice

ASHA DISCLOSURE:

Financial -

Nonfinancial -