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

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2/28/2017  |   9:40 AM - 10:10 AM   |  Follow-Up: An Ongoing Problem   |  Hanover A

Follow-Up: An Ongoing Problem

The goal of this presentation is to describe a project that was developed to test the feasibility of reducing the number of infants lost to follow up in Ohio after a newborn hearing screening by using a web based educational tool and a virtual parent advocate. The web based tool and virtual parent advocate was used with mothers of infants that did not pass their hearing screening at the birthing hospitals at the time of the second non-pass the infant received. According to the Vital Statistics Birth Summary Center for Public Health Ohio Department of Health 2012 data, 31.8% of infants were loss to follow-up. These percentages are consistent with national data. There is great need for improvement in the process of newborn hearing screening Mothers of newborns at a hospital used a web based educational tool. The tool was developed to support the mother’s informational needs and to help remove barriers they may exist that would prevent the mother from making an appointment for a diagnostic hearing test. The website was shared with the mother via a tablet. The tablet was given to the mother after her infant received his/her second non-pass of the hearing screening in the hospital. A virtual parent advocate appeared imbedded in the website via video chat. The parent advocate guided the mother through the website and answered any questions. The website supported the, mother’s informational needs and addressed any barriers she may have had in obtaining a hearing evaluation for her infant. We tracked the infant by name and diagnostic appointment date. We matched the appointments scheduled with the parent advocate to information at the Ohio Department of Health to determine the rate in which mothers who participated in our project made and keep their diagnostic hearing test appointments for their infants.

  • The learner will describe the purpose of a web based tool for new mothers of infants that did not pass their hearing screening.
  • The learner will list the key barriers for families that do not go on to a diagnostic hearing test.
  • The learner will evaluate the effectiveness of the virtual parent advocate

Presentation:
15804_5825MariaSentelik.pdf

Handouts:
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Transcripts:
5825.doc


Presenters/Authors

Reena Kothari (), Ohio Department of Health, Reena.Kothari@odh.ohio.gov;
Reena Kothari, Au.D. is currently a Public Health Audiology Consultant for The Ohio Department of Health in the Infant Hearing Program and the newborn hearing screening contact. Reena has spoken both nationally and statewide about Ohio’s EHDI program. She has developed many public awareness materials in several formats for the Ohio Department of Health’s Infant Hearing Program. Reena was the team lead for the National Initiative on Children’s Healthcare Quality (NICHQ) and is a member of several committees in Ohio. Her previous experience includes newborn hearing screening, clinical and dispensing services for adults and pediatrics. Reena has a strong background in Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) and is interested in continuous quality improvement for successful outcomes for children identified with hearing loss and deafness.

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Maria Sentelik (), Ohio Valley Voices, msentelik@me.com;
Maria Sentelik is the Executive Director of Ohio Valley Voices. Ms. Sentelik earned her Master’s of Science in Audiology from the University of Utah and is ABD PhD in Audiology from the University of Cincinnati. Ms. Sentelik has been working with children with hearing loss for over 20 years. She has presented in Ohio and nationally in the areas of language development of children with hearing loss, pediatric audiology, cochlear implants and listening skills of children with cochlear implants. Ms. Sentelik has conducted research and taught courses in the area of childhood deafness.

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Robyn Boehm (), Ohio Valley Voices, rboehm@ohiovalleyvoices.org;
Robyn Boehm completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana in Speech and Hearing Sciences and then went to Washington University in St. Louis to complete her Master’s in Deaf Education. Robyn first taught young children with a hearing loss at Northern Voices in Minnesota and became a LSLS Cert. AVEd. She saw the importance, impact and need for high quality early intervention services early on and began to focus her career efforts towards children and their families in birth-three programs. Currently, Robyn is the Family Center Program Coordinator at Ohio Valley Voices.

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