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

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2/28/2017  |   1:45 PM - 2:15 PM   |  JCIH EI Self-Assessment: It's All Good When Stakeholder’s Engagement is High, Even If Resources are Restricted   |  Learning Center

JCIH EI Self-Assessment: It's All Good When Stakeholder’s Engagement is High, Even If Resources are Restricted

The Joint Committee on Infant Hearing (JCIH) Supplement to its 2007 Position Statement: Principles and Guidelines for Early Intervention (EI) After Confirmation That a Child Is Deaf or Hard of Hearing (D/HH) provides states an opportunity to establish or re-establish goals and outcome measures for achieving best practices in Early Intervention. Thanks to the efforts of a team of EI specialists, state EHDI representatives, parent representatives, quality improvement advisors, and researchers from North Carolina, Minnesota, Maine, and Georgia, a tool for assessing state EHDI systems based on JCIH recommendations was created. “Moving the needle” became a priority for the three Illinois state agencies (University of Illinois at Chicago- Division of Specialized Care for Children, Illinois Department of Public Health, & Illinois Department of Human Services) involved in EHDI. These agencies invited community stakeholders from varying disciplines to participate in a short-term workgroup focused on establishing baselines and strategies for the JCIH’s12 recommended goals. The assessment tool was the guiding core of the activities. The workgroup documented current practices, identified community and state priorities, defined stakeholder roles and established a feasibility scale for change efforts. The presenters will share experiences using the tool in a short-term, focused, quality-improvement project utilizing a workgroup of volunteer participants who reflected a comprehensive cross-section of stakeholders. Presenters will describe how the process helped to guide quality improvement efforts for the development of a strategic plan to strengthen services delivered to children who are deaf and hard-of-hearing and their families. In addition, presenters will discuss how the state was able to maximize resources for the timely completion of a state-specific assessment and proposals for a strategic plan.

  • • Participants will be able to identify how a state may use the self-assessment tool to objectively evaluate statewide intervention systems.
  • • Participants will be able to describe how a state may maximize resources to develop quality improvement activities that strengthen services delivered to children who are D/HH and their families.
  • • Participants will be able to describe the use of the EHDI System Self-Assessment process as a strategy for stakeholder engagement.

Presentation:
15804_5601EshaPhatak.pdf

Handouts:
Handout is not Available

Transcripts:
5601.doc


Presenters/Authors

Sanchez Bianca (), Illinois Department of Public Health, Bianca.Sanchez@illinois.gov;
Ms. Sanchez is a Master of Public Administration candidate at the University of Illinois - Springfield. Her education includes an internship with the Illinois Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Program at the Illinois Department of Public Health. She received her bachelor degree in Business Management. Her studies have included innovations in quality improvement, statistical analysis of statewide data, and governmental policy and programming.

ASHA DISCLOSURE:

Financial - No relevant financial relationship exist.

Nonfinancial - No relevant nonfinancial relationship exist.


Ginger Mullin (), Illinois Department of Public Health, ginger.mullin@illinois.gov;
Dr. Mullin has a bachelors degree from the University of Northern Iowa and a masters degree in Audiology from The University of Memphis. From 1996-1999 she worked for the Arkansas Department of Health specializing in pediatric diagnostics and amplification as well as infant hearing screening. In 1999, Ginger moved to Illinois where she specialized for six years as a pediatric audiologists performing electrophysiologic measures and pediatric hearing aid fittings. During that time she received her Au.D. from The University of Florida. Ginger has presented regionally and nationally in the areas of pediatrics and newborn hearing. Ginger has been the EHDI co-coordinator for the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Program since 2005. She is currently employed by the Illinois Department of Public Health . Ginger currently works closely with the UIC- Division of Specialized Care for Children to address screening, diagnosis and intervention issues.

ASHA DISCLOSURE:

Financial - No relevant financial relationship exist.

Nonfinancial - No relevant nonfinancial relationship exist.


Tracy Meehan (), Illinois State University, tmeehan@ilstu.edu;
Tracy Meehan has her BS from Southern Methodist University and her Master’s Degree in Administration from National Lewis University. She is currently a faculty instructor at Illinois State University. She serves as the Project Coordinator for a U.S. Department of Education personnel preparation grant that is preparing early intervention professionals to work with young children with hearing loss and their families. Tracy holds an Illinois credential in Early Intervention allowing her to do evaluations and provide direct service to young children with hearing loss and their families. Her 30 year career has been spent working in deaf education at a variety of levels both administrative and educational. She has been a classroom teacher, itinerant teacher, special education administrator and a private educational consultant.

ASHA DISCLOSURE:

Financial - No relevant financial relationship exist.

Nonfinancial - No relevant nonfinancial relationship exist.


Esha Phatak (), University of Illinois at Chicago, Division of Specialized Care for Children, ephatak@uic.edu;
Esha Phatak graduated with a Master of Public Health degree from the Des Moines University in 2011. Ms. Phatak currently works with the Illinois's Title V- Children with Special Health Care Needs program that is housed within the University of Illinois at Chicago- Division of Specialized Care for Children (DSCC). Ms. Phatak has been the HRSA EHDI Coordinator since May 2015 and works closely with the Illinois Department of Public Health in providing oversight for the statewide EHDI program components including reviewing and assessing the screening, diagnosis, and intervention procedures. Additional responsibilities include but are not limited to: formulating standard operating procedures for EHDI program activities and directing assigned activities within the program; assessing program data and assisting in writing grants and required reporting documents and; participating in statewide interagency conferences and outreach activities to improve systems of care for children with special health care needs and their families. Prior to her work at the DSCC, Ms. Phatak worked for the Iowa Department of Public Health EHDI program as their follow-up coordinator from 2010-2015.

ASHA DISCLOSURE:

Financial - No relevant financial relationship exist.

Nonfinancial - No relevant nonfinancial relationship exist.


Ann Freiburg (), Illinois Department of Human Services, Ann.Freiburg@illinois.gov;
Ann Freiburg started work in State government in 1987 under Public Aid working in the local office in Adams County then moved to DuPage County as a caseworker. In 2002, Ms. Freiburg re-located her family to Springfield and she assumed the program manager role over a data system designed to work for all local Family Community Resource Centers. With the changing needs of the Department of Human Services established in 1997, Ms. Freiburg moved to a new division to work for the Bureau of Early Intervention using her history of Medicaid and Insurance to ensure the collaboration of funding streams for the Early Intervention Program. Ms. Freiburg assumed the Acting Bureau Chief role of Early Intervention in September 2014.

ASHA DISCLOSURE:

Financial -

Nonfinancial -