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Why I Participate: By Parent Partner Kisha Greenidge-Kader

Full Story In NICHQ’s work on improving hearing screening across the country, administrators and audiologists work closely with parents to direct and sustain improvements. Kisha Greenidge-Kader, an advocate and mother of three, shares her story.

The Power of a Written Result: Nevada Sees Improved Hearing Screening of Infants

Full Story A Nevada team made up of local audiologists, parents and staff from the state Early Hearing Detection Intervention (EHDI) office used quality improvement techniques—such as testing small tests of change, getting parent feedback and scaling up successes—to improve three particular aspects of the newborn hearing screening process.

Why I Participate By Parent Partner Cindy Roller

[Video] Why I Participate: By Parent Partner Cindy Roller

Full Story Cindy Roller, executive director of the hearing advocacy group Nevada Hands & Voices and a parent partner in the Improving Hearing Screening and Intervention Systems (IHSIS) project, discusses her role and what led her to advocacy.

Why I Participate: By Parent Partner Wendy Hewitt

Full Story Our journey began in March of 2002 when our second child and only son was born: Ruger, perfect and beautiful. Before leaving the hospital the nurse informed us that he didn’t pass his newborn hearing screening. In NICHQ’s work on improving hearing screening across the country, administrators and audiologists work closely with parents to direct and sustain improvements. Wendy Hewitt, an advocate and mother of three, shares her story.

Video: Improving Hearing Screening and Intervention Systems

[Video] Improving Hearing Screening and Intervention Systems

Full Story Members of the IHSIS Learning Collaborative talk about their experiences improving newborn hearing screening and intervention.

Video: Improving Hearing Screening in Infants

[Video] Improving Hearing Screening in Infants

Full Story Parents, hearing screening services, audiologists and quality improvement experts partner together to help ensure that no babies are lost in the hearing screening process. Watch teams from the Improving Hearing Screening and Intervention Systems (IHSIS) project share their stories of helping parents and making sure children get the diagnosis and follow-up they need.

Video: Nobody Suspected

[Video] Nobody Suspected

Full Story Helen Cotton-Leiser, a parent partner in NICHQ's Improving Hearing Screening and Intervention Systems (IHSIS), shares her story of her two daughters' hearing loss diagnoses.

Why I Participate: By Parent Partner Tonya Bowman

Full Story My path to advocacy began with the birth of my first child 12 years ago. My daughter, Jasmyn, was born at 24 weeks. I had been put on bed rest two to three weeks prior to her birth. It was a very surreal experience. I had all the normal expectations of a first pregnancy then WHAM! I was so not prepared. Tonya Bowman, an advocate and mother, shares her story.

Making Sustainable Improvements in Hearing Screening: Q&A with Dr. Elizabeth Seeliger

Full Story As a doctor of audiology and the director of the Wisconsin EHDI program, Elizabeth Seeliger, AuD, found that her state used to struggle with how to make improvements to a system that seemed too vast and messy to even begin to know where to start. But after being part of NICHQ’s first hearing screening improvement project six years ago, Seeliger has become a devoted quality improvement advocate.

Mom Chats and Letters from Kids: Wyoming Team Provides Support to Families with Hearing Loss

Full Story In Wyoming, a vast state with a population of only about 550,000, the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Program faces a challenge particular to rural areas: families whose children are diagnosed with hearing loss sometimes have a hard time getting the support they need. “If we can get kids connected with the relevant early intervention services, those kids can enter kindergarten with age-appropriate skills, but the clock is ticking,” says Susan Fischer, a speech language pathologist and clinic coordinator.

States See Improvement in Infant Hearing Screening and Follow-Up

Full Story States across the country are improving diagnosis, early intervention (EI) services and support for families with infants who have hearing loss. In the U.S., approximately 63,000 newborns out of 4 million born each year fail their hearing test. In 2009, approximately half of these newborns had no record of receiving a follow-up test or treatment.

Bringing the Parents' Perspectives to Quality Improvement

Full Story Janet DesGeorges is a professional parent. In the world of healthcare quality improvement, this role is increasingly recognized, valued and exercised. But in her latest learning collaborative with NICHQ, DesGeorges and other parents are expanding the role of parents in order to…well, improve improvement.