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NCHAM: National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management, Utah State University

Last Modified: 12/02/2016

Quality Improvement in EHDI Programs

Model for Improvement

Since April 2006, the federal Maternal and Child Health Bureau has provided support for all state-based Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) programs to participate in Learning Collaboratives designed to improve follow-up practices and documentation after newborn hearing screening by implementing quality improvement (QI) strategies and principles. Although funding for the Learning Collaboratives has ended, NCHAM is assisting EHDI programs in their continued implementation of QI principles by conducting a QI needs assessment, providing ongoing technical assistance and support, and connecting EHDI program staff with similar interests to work together in implementing QI strategies.

Following QI methodology, EHDI program staff review data to identify where there are gaps in follow-up and documentation. The teams then identify change strategies to help fill those gaps. Depending on where the gaps lie, EHDI programs will continuously engage stakeholder groups (e.g., pediatricians, audiologists, parent groups) over the next three years to develop change strategies that will use an iterative QI process to reduce loss to follow-up and loss to documentation from newborn hearing screening and intervention programs.

Overview of QI

QI-Related Webinars and Teleconferences

QI-Related Presentations

QI Tools

QI-Based Grant Proposals

PSDA Panels from EHDI 2015 Coordinator Meeting

QI Storyboards from EHDI 2016 Coordinator Meeting

2016 EHDI E-Book Chapter 26: Quality Improvement: Small Changes That Can Make a Big Difference [PDF]