17th ANNUAL EARLY HEARING DETECTION & INTERVENTION MEETING
March 18-20, 2018 • Denver, CO

THE ANTONIA BRANCIA MAXON AWARD FOR EHDI EXCELLENCE

Nominations are invited for the Antonia Brancia Maxon Award for EHDI Excellence to be presented at the 2018 National EHDI Meeting in Denver, Colorado. This award honors the life and work of Dr. Antonia Brancia Maxon to promote effective Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) programs for all newborns, infants, and young children. Dr. Maxon was a pioneer in EHDI programs, beginning with her leadership in the Rhode Island Hearing Assessment Project in the late 1980's. She was one of the first to recognize the feasibility and value of universal newborn hearing screening and was a tireless advocate for connecting screening programs with timely and appropriate diagnosis and early intervention.

Her extensive contributions to creating excellent EHDI programs were abruptly ended by a tragic automobile accident in May of 2007. In memory of her contributions, an Award for EHDI Excellence is presented each year at the National EHDI Meeting to honor an individual who has made outstanding contributions to achieving excellence in EHDI programs nationally or in a particular state or region.

Presentation of the 2018 Antonia Brancia Maxon Award for EHDI Excellence will be made on Monday March 19, 2018 at the National EHDI Meeting in Denver, Colorado. More about the National EHDI Meeting, including past nominees and recipients can be found below.


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2018 Nominees

Previous Awards




EHDI Family Leadership Award

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2017 was the inaugural year for the EHDI Family Leadership Award. During the last several decades it has become increasingly clear that EHDI only exists to improve the well-being of babies and families. Symbiotically, engaged families are central to the success of EHDI programs and more specifically to the success of children who are deaf or hard of hearing.

This award honors a parent or family member of a child who is deaf or hard of hearing for providing exemplary leadership in their state EHDI system and whose leadership has led to improved outcomes. The recipient was selected by NCHAM's Family Advisory Committee.

2018 Nominees

Previous Awards


2017 Website of the Year

Congratulations to the Illinois' EHDI program for winning the 2017 Website of the Year Award!
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2018 Poster Awards

Congratulations to the following 2018 Poster Award winners!

Program Evaluation and Quality Improvement: P-1 A Quality Improvement Project to Ensure Timely Cytomegalovirus Testing and Follow Up for Babies that Do Not Pass Newborn Hearing Screening at Mayo Clinic – Joscelyn Martin, Charles Huskins, Lisa Schimmenti, Gayla L. Poling, Lee Belf

Adult DHH Mentor/Role Model/Guide Information, Support and Improvement: P-26 Infusing Deaf Adults in FCEI Programs: Survey Results and Best Practices – Elaine Gale, Michele Berke, Beth Benedict, Stephanie Olson, Karen Putz, Christine Yoshinaga-Itano

Audiological Services: P-53 Using Visual Activity Schedules and Video Models to Facilitate Audiological Testing for Children with Autism – Samantha Brumbach, Ashley Malley, Haley McTee, Elizabeth Pancoast, Tammy Fredrickson, Amy Thrasher, Sandra Gabbard, Christine Yoshinaga-Itano, Angela Bonino

Early Intervention: P-43 Rhode Island EHDI Program Ensuring that Families are Supported and Engaged by Improving the Follow-Up Process, After a Diagnosis of Hearing Loss – Liza Then, Betty Vohr, Leslie Bobrowski, Elsbeth Brown, Sara Franklin, Richard Lupino

EHDI Program Enhancement: P-27 JICH Recommendations for Otoacoustic Emission and Automated Auditory Brainstem Response Testing 10 Years Later – Samantha Raymond, Ginger Mullin

EHDI Workforce Issues, Policy, Advocacy and Legislative Issues: P-5 Ask 'Audrey O'Gram' - A Pediatric Audiology Outreach Initiative for EHDI Stakeholders – Nancy Schneider, Brittany Johnson

Program Evaluation and Quality Improvement: P-40 QI: Involving the Primary Care Provider in Improving Rescreen Rates – Jude Williams, Shelia Sutton, Marcia Fort

Program Evaluation and Quality Improvement: P-76 Striving to Meet or Beat JCIH Benchmarks in a Large Pediatric Audiology Practice: Barriers and Next Steps – Rebecca Awad, Johanna Oropeza, Kristin Uhler

Language Acquisition & Development: P-35 Outcomes of Children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing at Carle Auditory Oral School – Uma Soman, Danielle Chalfant

Family Perspective, Engagement and Support: P-46 Social Support Service Preferences of Parents and Caregivers of Children who are D/deaf or Hard of Hearing – Torri Ann Woodruff, Claire Bernstein, Kathleen Cienkowski

Follow-up, tracking and Data Management: P-19 Findings from Washington State EHDDI Program's Electronic Linkage with Part C Services – Julie Walker, Karin Neidt, Marcie Rider, Debra Lochner Doyle

Top 3 Student Poster: P-80 Screening, Diagnosis, and Management of Hearing Loss in Children with Significant Cognitive Disabilities – Megan Bartoshuk, Stephanie Berry, Ashley McMillen, Crystal Smaldone

Top 3 Student Poster: P-83 Do the Characteristics of Children who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing with Additional Disabilities Differ by Race/Ethnicity or Other Demographic Factors? – Aijiana Zanders, Christine Yoshinaga-Itano, Sandra Gabbard, Kendra Huskey, Angela Bonino

Top 3 Student Poster: P-88 Native American Hearing Education and Training Initiative – Chloe Pfeifer, Mary Franke