February 26-28, 2017 • Atlanta, GA


2/28/2017  |   4:15 PM - 4:45 PM   |  EHDI Demographic Data: Overview of Results and Future Direction   |  Hanover B

EHDI Demographic Data: Overview of Results and Future Direction

Data reported annually to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicate clear progress shown by state and territorial Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) programs in capturing demographic data on infants receiving hearing screening, diagnostic and intervention services. These data, which include maternal age, maternal education, maternal ethnicity and maternal race, can be used to assess demographics of infants receiving EHDI services, and identify state level trends. In addition, the demographic data can be used to help recognize program successes, as well as potential disparities in access to services, which may require further attention. Although state and territorial participation in submitting demographic data is increasing each year, issues related to data consistency, accuracy, and completeness still remain. This presentation will share preliminary analytic findings conducted by CDC, discuss benefits and challenges of using these data, and highlight future projects in which demographic data can be used to help strengthen EHDI related programs and activities.

  • Participants will understand analyses, key findings and demographic trends of infants screened through EHDI
  • Participants will identify successes and challenges to using infant demographic data, and how this data can best be used in order to support national and statewide EHDI efforts
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Marcus Gaffney (), CDC, MGaffney@cdc.gov;
Marcus Gaffney is a Health Scientist and serves as the lead for the CDC EHDI Team. He has over 14 years’ experience working in the area of newborn hearing screening and is responsible for overseeing a range of activities, including supporting the development of jurisdictional EHDI Information Systems, assessing progress towards national goals, providing technical assistance, and supporting research efforts. He holds a Masters of Public Health from Mercer University.


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Krishnaveni Subbiah (), CDC, yqc7@cdc.gov;
Krishnaveni Subbiah is an ORISE Fellow on the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) team, at CDC's National Center of Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities. She holds a Masters of Public Health in Global Epidemiology from Emory University Rollins School of Public Health. She earned her Bachelors of Science in Biology, and Bachelors of Arts in Religious Studies and Philosophy, from Occidental College. Prior to CDC EHDI, she has worked as a neuroscience researcher studying various developmental disease models, as well as, been a data analyst for other centers at the CDC, and a field epidemiologist for a non-governmental organization.


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