March 18-20, 2018 • Denver, CO


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

  • Rachel Coleman
  • Christine Griffin
  • Shelli Janning
  • Irene Schmalz
  • Melissa Tumblin

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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View video of website of the year award

2017 Poster Awards

Congratulations to the following 2017 Poster Award winners!

Early Intervention: P-14 Purposeful play for parents and professionals – Emily Noss, Ashley Irick, Autumn Sanderson

EHDI Program Enhancement: P-05 Effective answers to the most common questions from nursing staff – Melissa Richardson, Sandra Davis

Follow-up, Tracking, and Data Management: P-03 What can newborn hearing screening data tell us about factors associated with loss to follow-up? – Hayden Engstrom, Alyssa Fosnight

Family Perspectives and Support: P-33 Factors that influence device selection by parents of pediatric cochlear implant candidates – Donald Goldberg

EHDI Workforce Issues: P-42 Are we there yet? Lessons learned from a hearing loss - genetics needs assessment – Kunal Sanghavi

Program Evaluation: P-45 A new day for EHDI in Georgia: Capturing individualized hearing screening data on the newborn screening card and electronic birth certificate, 2014-2016 – Michael Lo

Audiological Services: P-25 Are audiologists directly referring children with hearing loss to early intervention? – Bridget Shanahan, Cailin Shanahan, Natalie Loyola

Language Acquisition and Development: P-37 Language connection: The joint benefits of preschool inclusion – Sarabeth Fly, Lindy Powell

Student Poster: P-55 Improving EHDI in the state of South Dakota: A parent's perspective – Megan Wegher, Kiersten Meyer