February 26-28, 2017 • Atlanta, GA


2/27/2017  |   3:20 PM - 3:50 PM   |  Impact of Drive-By Home Visits   |  Hanover E

Impact of Drive-By Home Visits

The Georgia EHDI program is exploring the impact of drive-by visits to further reduce our lost to follow up rates. We have found that caregivers may not respond for various reasons, including wrong phone numbers, families relocating, lack of transportation, apprehension to take newborn in public, no health coverage, and simply being overwhelmed with new parenthood. Data is being collected on the outcomes of drive-by visits as a last resort when parents have not responded to phone calls, letters, or texts. The data collected includes family demographics, maternal age, race and ethnicity, and if there was an audiological follow up. In a sampling 40 drive-by visits, 20 resulted in screenings being performed (on the spot or through an appointment), 7 confirmed results of rescreens already completed (that had not been reported), and 7 were confirmed to have relocated out of state. Preliminary data provides strong evidence that drive-by visits are a valuable method of performing follow up activities and should be considered as a tool for all EHDI programs. Discussion will include how to implement drive-by visits into the EHDI follow-up protocol, tips for success, and other benefits of drive-by visits.

  • Drive-by visits are a valuable method of performing follow up activities
  • Information collected due to lack of follow up visits.
  • Other benifical tips of Drive-By Visits


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Shirnita Rucker (), Department of Public Health/ EHDI Program, shirnita.rucker@dph.ga.gov;
Shirnita Rucker is an Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) Coordinator for District 6. Shirnita holds a Master of Arts Degree in Educational Studies and also her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Human Services from University of Phoenix. Shirnita began her career as a Special Education Assistant with the Board of Education. She decided she wanted to make a career change into Public Health. She started out as Developmental Specialist completing home visits on children who had suspected developmental delays. In 2012 she was asked to lend a hand with the newborn hearing screening referrals due to the volume of referrals being received. That is when she became passionate about early identification of hearing impairment for at risk populations. In 2013, she became the EHDI Coordinator and was able to decrease the state’s lost to follow up from 100% to 43%. Shirnita is committed to improving identification of hearing impairment and follow up actions protocols for the state of Georgia.


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Kathy Carter (), Cobb and Douglas Public Health, kathy.carter@dph.ga.gov;
Kathy Carter is one of Georgia's Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) Coordinators. District 3-1 Cobb & Douglas. Kathy holds a Bachelors Degree from the University of Georgia in Child and Family Development. She is the mother of a special needs child and both of her in-laws are congenitally deaf. Kathy is committed to improving identification of hearing impairment and systems of intervention in Georgia.


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