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Webinar: Unite Newborn Screening: Lessons Learned from an EHDI and DBS Learning Community

When: June 5th, 2024 | 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm MDT

Webinar Description:

In August 2023, the National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management (NCHAM), with funding from the Association of Public Health Laboratories, began facilitating the Unite Newborn Screening Learning Community (LC) designed to increase collaboration between newborn screening programs. EHDI and Dried Bloodspot (DBS) screening programs were invited to jointly apply.

Teams from Indiana, Louisiana, Michigan, and South Dakota were selected to participate, each team consisted of two staff (one from EHDI and one from DBS) and two parents (one from EHDI and one from DBS). Through system mapping, each state team looked at potential areas of improvement that they could collaboratively address. Using Quality Improvement (QI) methodology, teams were able to develop aims, measures, and strategies that were then tested in an effort to identify promising practices for current and future collaborative work.

On June 5th, representation from each of the four teams will share their promising practices with the greater EHDI and DBS communities during an NCHAM hosted webinar. The presentation will highlight the process of building an improvement team, determining a specific project (aim) to work on together, identify measures to assess progress, steps for how to test and implement strategies, and challenges and successes encountered.

Webinar Participants will be able to:

  • List advantages of bringing newborn screening programs with family representation from each program together.
  • Identify promising practices from participating states in the LC that can be adapted for other states.

Facilitators and Presenters:

  • Facilitators: Alyson Ward and Mandy Jay, NCHAM
  • Presenters: Representatives from EHDI and DBS programs in Indiana, Louisiana, Michigan and South Dakota