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newborn hearing screening results on all infants. The plan to update the EHDI communication protocol, in accordance with 2007 JCIH guidelines, will outline steps to improve timely follow-up on referrals.

Challenge #5: Avenues for parent to parent support are another ongoing challenge.

Possible Resolution: Various options for offering parent support such as face-to-face meetings, email and web-based chats will be explored through focus groups, parent surveys and Parent Navigator reports.   The role of the Stone Soup Group Parent Navigator is an essential component of this process, as well as the input from parents on the EHDI Advisory Committee.

EVALUATION AND TECHNICAL SUPPORT

The EHDI Program resides in the Section of Women’s Children’s and Family Health in the Division of Public Health (the State’s Title V and Children with Special Health Care Needs Agency).  The Children’s Health Unit is managed by a Health Program Manager III who previously held the title of EHDI Surveillance Manager, and who has several years of experience in working with the EHDI Program. The EHDI Program Manager has extensive experience in the field of Early Intervention/Infant Learning Programs, and understands the principles and the barriers to making this connection work in the EHDI system. The EHDI Program Manager also has previous involvement with a statewide Medical Home Special Projects of Regional and National Significance (SPRANS) Grant in Alaska and will focus on engaging primary care providers in the EHDI Program.  The EHDI Program Manager will work with the AAP Chapter Champion, EHDI Advisory Committee, and Parent Navigator to promote and operationalize the Alaska EHDI protocol and achieve the National EHDI 1-3-6 Goals.  Funding from this grant is necessary to support this position which is vital to the success of this program.

This year, a Health Program Associate will be added to provide more advanced support and to aid in the data cleaning and analysis from the EHDI database.  The Health Program Associate will be responsible for overall database management of OZ Systems database used by the EHDI Program.  This position will run data reports, assess quality of data entry and implement quality

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