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Webinar: Equality Through Direct Referrals to Parent to Parent Support

When: October 13, 2022 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm MDT


Increasing our parent to parent support intakes by 228%, creating two new program roles and achieving jaw dropping data towards equitable family support across Illinois are what can arise from a parent to parent support program uniting with a state EHDI program through a formal business agreement. HRSA (Health Resources and Services Administration) recommends parent to parent support no later than 6 months of age.

How do you achieve this important benchmark when the support program is not built into the state EHDI program? We will discuss the diversity transition a parent-to-parent support program experienced after shifting from an opt-in to opt-out program due to the business agreement with the state EHDI program. Join us as we share our rollout timeline, implementation recommendations, FEHDI data collection elements, changes and shifts that the parent-to-parent program experienced and our findings from the first year.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify 2 steps in the timeline that lead to an EHDI program partnering with and referring to a parent to parent support program.
  • Compare the shift we’ve seen in the needs of families with children who have a child who is deaf/hard of hearing since receiving referrals directly from our state EHDI program.
  • Recognize at least three areas that were impacted by the shift to direct referrals.


Carrie Balian, Ginger Mullin, Gabrielle Bires and Kate Jordan