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March 2024

Volume 4 | Issue 5

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From the Director | Announcements & Events |

EHDI Convention in Denver! | CDPHE Corner 

From the Director

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I’m going to quote Jonathan Huie who said, “Celebrate endings – for they precede new beginnings.” This resonates for me as I celebrate the conclusion of four years as your Colorado EHDI Director. This four-year grant ends on March 31, 2024; and change is in the air as a new COEHDI Coordinator will come on board.


Our accomplishments have been many. Yet, needs still exist. It’s good to be able to say that the needs are different than they were four years ago. I’ll recap, briefly, the many accomplishments to date; and I will highlight the potential for change that remains (as always).

In the world of newborn hearing screening, after a lull of several years, CDPHE reported EHDI data to the CDC for each of the four grant years. We’ve conducted virtual site visits with 35 hospitals in our state. We now have donated OAE equipment in the hands of midwives. We have a NBHS brochure. We are close to finalizing a new brochure specific to babies who have experienced NICU stays. What might be on the horizon? I still aim to see PCPs having ready access to HIDS. And we are close to sending a gift to all NBHS programs – this “gift” is a series of scripts for screeners that reflect Colorado’s needs in the screening arena.


When it comes to identification (aka; clinical diagnostics), we can boast about the number of pediatric audiologists in Colorado. Some have the American Academy of Audiology specialty certification; many more are well trained, and experienced, working with very young children. One need, that has not yet been fulfilled, is to make this expertise available to families in rural areas. To this end, I am hoping that tele-audiology may be on the horizon. Additionally, our efforts to inform and engage parents of children with a hearing difference in only one ear have been focusing on the influence clinical audiologists may have with families.


Early intervention (EI) is a long-time strength in Colorado’s system. Our EI system dates to 1969! Going forward, our federal funder is requiring all states to review language and developmental outcome data of the children we serve. I’m happy to say that we are well ahead of what is required. Through ongoing collaboration with colleagues in the Speech, Language, Hearing Sciences Department at CU-Boulder, there is potential to identify underserved and/or underperforming children. Once health disparities are identified, work can focus on ways to enhance programming to address specific disparities. Stay tuned. Also on the horizon is the creation of one resource guide for families. Many agencies are blending their current offerings. This will be a huge accomplishment when it is done.


At the end of this month, I will start to watch, from the sidelines, the work that started four years ago. The work I will continue to do will undoubtedly afford me opportunities to be in touch with many of you. As I celebrate this ending, I will look forward to pursuing new beginnings with you.

~ Arlene Stredler-Brown, PhD, CCC-SLP, director of COEHDI

Announcements & Events

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Colorado Department of Early Childhood Newsletter

  • The new Colorado Department of Early Childhood (CDEC) publishes a monthly newsletter. Check out their recent publications in their Newsletter Archive.

Mark Your Calendar

All COEHDI Alliance, task force, and related stakeholder meetings will be listed here. If you would like your meetings included in our monthly newsletter, contact: [email protected]

Event calendar

EHDI Conference in Denver!

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Dates: March 17-19, 2024

Location: Denver, CO

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Register for 2024 EHDI Conference

In its 23rd year, the EHDI Conference has built a strong reputation for bringing together a wide variety of attendees including those who work in state Early Hearing Detection and Intervention programs; assist in EHDI efforts on the federal level; provide screening, diagnostic and early intervention support at the state and/or local levels to young children with hearing loss and their families; champion Medical Home activities within each state; are parents of children with hearing differences; and are deaf or hard-of-hearing adults helping to expand opportunities for young children with hearing differences. 

Goals of the EHDI Annual Conference

The goal of the annual EHDI Conference is to enhance the implementation of comprehensive state-based Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) programs. After participating in the conference, participants will be better able to:

  • Identify and promote knowledge and awareness of successful strategies for implementing comprehensive state based EHDI programs that include screening, audiologic diagnostic evaluation, early intervention, medical home, reporting, tracking, surveillance, loss to follow-up issues, data integration, and other related surveillance components.
  • Interpret and describe current research and research methods related to EHDI.
  • Examine cultural competence of providers and assess their ability to work with children who are deaf or hard of hearing, their families, and communities.
  • Discuss the importance of enhancing and creating new and ongoing working relationships among federal agencies, non-profit organizations, state health departments and educational agencies, advocacy groups, families, and professionals.

Early Intervention System Feedback

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Over the past two years, Colorado stakeholders involved in early intervention (EI) for children who are deaf and hard of hearing (DHH) have engaged in a strategic planning process to identify strengths and needs in our system. During the strategic planning process, the need to review the current system for early intervention service coordination and service provision became apparent. 

The Colorado Department of Early Childhood (CDEC) and the Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind (CSDB) are engaging stakeholders to gather feedback about these components of our system. More specifically, an effort is being made to identify:

  • consistency and fidelity of service provision; 
  • fluidity of services for families;
  • clarity of responsibilities and early intervention system oversight; and
  • sustainability of services.

Stakeholders are being asked to participate in this process. Stakeholders can get involved in two ways - by attending focus groups and/or completing a survey. These are explained next. 

Stakeholder Focus Groups

One way to participate is to join a stakeholder focus group meeting to provide insights and recommendations about the DHH early intervention system. This input will inform the CDEC & CSDB decision-making processes. The information collected will be reviewed by a newly-formed workgroup that is also described below.

Four focus groups will be conducted, via Zoom, on specific dates and times. You are welcome to attend any of the meetings.  

  • Early Intervention Providers: March 4, 1:00-2:30 pm
  • Families: March 6, 9:00-10:30 am
  • CO-Hear Coordinators & Part C Service Coordinators: March 11, 11:00 am -12:30 pm
  • Deaf and Hard of Hearing Adults: March 13, 1:00-2:30 pm

ASL interpreters will be present and captioning will be enabled. To register for a focus group, please use this link: Focus Group Meeting Registration.

Please note that the focus group questions will vary depending on the target group. 

Stakeholder Survey

Another way you can participate in this planning process is to complete a brief survey. You can share your perspective on the early intervention system for DHH children. The link for the survey is: DHH EI System Survey

Thank you, in advance, for your dedication to very young DHH children and their families. If you have questions, please contact Heather Abraham: [email protected]

CDPHE Corner

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HIDS Newsletters for 2024

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment publishes a monthly bulletin on their Health Informatics Data System. Check out their archives under the HIDS User Section.

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Questions about HIDS Newborn Hearing info, contact:

Leanne Glenn, MA 

Newborn Hearing Screening Coordinator

Colorado Responds to Children with Special Needs

Newborn hearing screening provider resources webpage

[email protected]


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