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EHDI: Timely Diagnosis Initiative

Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI)

The EHDI: Timely Diagnosis Initiative purpose:

Over the next six months, we intend to improve the percentage of newborns with refer/did not pass newborn hearing screening from birthing facilities and received a complete audiological hearing evaluation by 3 months of age.

For more information please contact Susan Thompson Boehm at: susan.boehm@minnesotaperinatal.org

These are a variety of resources provided by MPO/MNPQC and other organizations for healthcare providers and the public. Many links are provided by other organizations and are subject to change without notice.

Aim

By October 2023, we intend to improve the Complete Audiological Hearing Evaluation (CAHE) of those 3 months or younger who were referred from newborn hearing screening by 25% or more.

Charter

The EHDI: Timely Diagnosis Initiative purpose is over the next six months, we intend to improve the percentage of newborns with refer/did not pass newborn hearing screening from birthing facilities and received a complete audiological hearing evaluation by 3 months of age.

Full Charter Here

Program Guide

Full Program Guide Below

Family of Measures

Stratify by race/ethnicity where available.

Outcome Measure (Data provided by the state):

  • Percentage of newborns screened
  • Percentage of newborns who did not pass newborn hearing screen and were rescreened within 15 days of discharge from birthing facility
  • Percentage of newborns, referred who received a complete audiological hearing evaluation by 3 months of age

Process Measures (Data collected by teams):

  • Percent of families that had newborn hearing screen results and follow-up reviewed/discussed and documented (with hospital staff) prior to discharge
  • Percentage of newborns who did not pass newborn hearing screening and were scheduled for outpatient rescreen (within 15 days) prior to discharge
  • Percentage of newborns who did not pass hearing screening and were scheduled foraudiological hearing evaluation within 6 weeks
  • Percentage of newborns with hearing screening results available at first newborn Primary Care Provider (PCP) visit – regardless of reason for the first visit, e.g., weight check, bilirubin check
  • Percent of families where newborn hearing screen results and follow-up were reviewed/discussed and documented at first primary care clinic visit
  • Percentage of Complete Audiologic Hearing Evaluation sent to MDH and PCP within 6 working days of evaluation (State Provided)

Balancing Measure (Data provided by the state):

  • Percentage of newborns lost to follow up

Toolkit

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Workgroup Members

Abby Meyer

MD, MPH

Dr. Meyer is a Pediatric Otolaryngologist who attended medical school at the University of Minnesota and completed otolaryngology residency at the University of Minnesota. She went on to complete a fellowship in pediatric otolaryngology at the University of Washington and Seattle Children’s Hospital and an MPH in Epidemiology at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health. Her interests include all aspects of pediatric otolaryngology but especially caring for children who have been identified as deaf or hard of hearing (DHH), as well as chronic ear disease, cleft palate and velopharyngeal insufficiency, and neck masses including thyroid masses. She is also the Pediatric Otolaryngologist on the Midwest Fetal Care Center team. Outside of work she enjoys supporting the local sports teams, running, anything Star Wars, reading fiction, and spending time with her husband and 2 sons.

Anne Walaszek

Minnesota Department of Health

Anne Walaszek, MPH (Anishinaabe) is the Maternal and Child Health Quality Improvement Specialist in the Women and Infant Health Unit at the Minnesota Department of Health. In her role, she leads two quality improvement grants, the Perinatal Quality Collaborative and the Communities Collaborating to Prevent Girls Opioid Abuse.

Ms. Walaszek has experience working at a national non-profit addressing cancer inequities within American Indian and Alaska Native communities. In this role, she provided leadership for a clinic and community health approach to develop and implement culturally tailored evidence-based interventions to effectively build capacity in health systems across Indian Country. Her public health experience reflects grant writing, program development, research and data management throughout her experiences at the Minnesota Department of Health Diabetes Program, Institute of Child Development at the University of Minnesota, and SAMHSA for their Child, Adolescent and Family Branch. Ms. Walaszek is a 2017 recipient of the “Lou Fuller Award for Distinguished Service in Eliminating Health Disparities.”

Bridget Walde

MPH (MDH)

Darcia Dierking

AuD (MDH)

Jane Taylor

Hospital & Health Care Consultant 

Jessica Novak

Jessica (Jesi) LS Novak, AuD, CCC-A, PASC is a licensed audiologist with a specialty certification in pediatric audiology. She received her Doctorate of Audiology from Lamar University. Jesi’s interests include electrophysiology, hearing aids and cochlear implants, as well as treatment and follow-up with patients who have had ototoxic exposure. She strives to be family and child centered, focusing her treatment to meet the family’s goals, no matter what they may be. Jesi is a member of the American Academy of Audiology (AAA) and American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).

Kirsten Coverstone

AuD (MDH)

Michael Severson

M.D., F.A.A.P.

Susan Thompson Boehm

MPO Executive Director/Treasurer, MNPQC Co-Director


Susan has been a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Women’s Health for over 30 years. She has a long history with MPO as a volunteer, conference presenter, planning committee member, and has served on the Board of Directors. She is currently the MPO Executive Director and Co-Director of the Minnesota Perinatal Quality Collaborative (MNPQC).

She enjoys the outdoors, hiking and kayaking, and loves the solitude of their cabin in the Boundary Waters.