This course is designed to educate audiologists about their roles in the EHDI process. This includes reporting state mandated results to EHDI in Oklahoma, referring to other providers and programs as needed, and ensuring best practices and family-centered care.
Course created on September 22, 2021
- After this course, participants will be able to identify three situations and the timeline audiologists should follow when reporting to the Oklahoma State Department of Health.
- After this course, participants will be able to recognize four roles of audiologists in the Early Hearing Intervention Detection and Intervention (EHDI) process.
- After this course, participants will be able to summarize rationale and methods for referring families to outside support programs, including early intervention.
|70-85 Minutes||Early Intervention|
|85-90 Minutes||Summary, Q &A|
MS CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT
Patricia Burk, M.S., CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT, is the Program Coordinator/EHDI Coordinator for the Newborn Hearing Screening Program at the Oklahoma State Department of Health. She is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the program and regulates Oklahoma mandate for screening and reporting. She coordinates and monitors hearing equipment and hearing screening data at all Oklahoma birthing hospitals as well as most county health departments to serve the 50,000 children born in Oklahoma each year. Patricia helps to promote early identification, diagnosis, and amplification of children with hearing loss throughout the State of Oklahoma She co-coordinates the Oklahoma Audiology Task force (OKAT) to connect Oklahoma partners and meet statewide gaps. Patricia has experience as a Speech-Language Pathologist working with children and adults who have hearing loss. Patricia is a Listening and Spoken Language Specialist, Certified Auditory-Verbal Therapist (LSLS Cert. AVT). She received her graduate training from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. Through her experiences, she has seen first-hand the power of early identification of hearing loss in Oklahoma’s babies. As of March 2021, Patricia is the co-chair of the Joint Committee on Infant Hearing (JCIH) where she is the Speech-Language Pathology representative for the Directors of Speech and Hearing Programs in State Health and Welfare Agencies (DSHPSHWA).
Dr. Earley has been an Oklahoma licensed audiologist for 35 years, with experience with a strong focus on pediatric audiology for 20 years. She currently is the Program Manager of Oklahoma’s Pediatric Audiology Program for the Oklahoma State Department of Health. She is passionate about public health and ensuring everyone and their families have access to quality audiology services no matter where they live in Oklahoma. She has been President of the Oklahoma Speech Language and Hearing Association (OSHA), the Chair of Oklahoma’s Board of Examiners for Speech Language Pathology and Audiology, Oklahoma’s representative for the American Speech Language and Hearing Association’s Audiology Advisory Council. In 2017, she received OSHA’s prestigious Honors of the Association Award.
Renee Powell has been helping families with children with hearing loss at Oklahoma Family Network for three and a half years. She is the mother of two sons, Emerson age 10 and Nolan age 6. Nolan is hard of hearing and wears hearing aids. She assists families with various resources including hearing aid assistance, American Sign Language (ASL), early intervention information, and connecting families to other families with hearing loss. She partners with the Oklahoma School for the Deaf to host monthly “Silent(ish) Zooms” where families of children with hearing loss practice ASL in a judgement free environment. Renee obtained her Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences from the University of Tulsa and her Master of Public Health in Epidemiology from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. She served as an epidemiologist for the Oklahoma State Department of Health in the Acute Disease Service (2004-2011) and Screening and Special Services (2011-2013). She served as a Clinical Outcomes Analyst for the Oklahoma Healthcare Authority from 2013-2014.
Gina Richardson, MS, CCPS is the Assistant Director at the Oklahoma State Department of Health for the SoonerStart-Early Intervention Program-Part C. Gina has over 17 years with the SoonerStart program working with infants and toddlers and their families with developmental delays and disabilities as a Child Development Specialist, Technical Supervisor and currently the Assistant Director. Gina is a former adjunct instructor at the University of Central Oklahoma in the Human Environmental Science Department and a Certified Child and Parenting Specialist. It is with great pleasure that Gina has served children and families in Oklahoma for over 22 years.
Haley Kuck is an audiology graduate student at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Oklahoma in 2019. She is a 2021 graduate of the Oklahoma Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) program. She is passionate about partnering with patients and their families to ensure they receive the highest quality hearing healthcare.
Financial: Debbie Earley is employed by the Oklahoma State Department of Health. Non-financial: Debbie Earley has no relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.
Financial: Renee Powell is affiliated with the Oklahoma Family Network. Non-financial: Renee Powell has no relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.
Financial: Gina Richardson is employed by the Oklahoma State Department of Health. Non-financial: Gina Richardson has no relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.
Financial: Haley Kuck received an honorarium for this presentation. Haley was previously an intern with the Lend program and was paid during her internship. Non-financial: Haley Kuck has no relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.
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