March 8-10, 2020 • Kansas City, MO


Nominations for the 2020 ANTONIA BRANCIA MAXON AWARD FOR EHDI EXCELLENCE and FAMILY LEADERSHIP AWARDS will be accepted beginning in October. Please check back for more information.

The 2020 Antonia Brancia Maxon Award for EHDI Excellence will be presented at the 2020 National EHDI Meeting in Kansas City, MO. 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 2020 Antonia Brancia Maxon Award for EHDI Excellence will be made on Monday March 9, 2020 at the National EHDI Meeting in Kansas City, MO. More about the National EHDI Meeting, including past nominees and recipients can be found below.

Congratulations to Alyson Ward, winner of the 2020 Antonio Brancia Maxon Award for EHDI Excellence!
View video of the Maxon Award

2020 Nominees

Previous Awards

EHDI Family Leadership Award

Nominations for Family Leadership in EHDI Excellence Award are open

Congratulations to Pamela Aasen, winners of the 2020 EHDI Family Leadership Award!
View video of the EHDI Family Leadership Award

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.

2020 Nominees

  • Pamela Aasen
  • Shelli Janning
  • Kat Lowrance
  • Kathy Manfield
  • Sherri Nighbert

Previous Awards

2020 Website of the Year

Congratulations to Nebraska EHDI program for winning the 2020 Website of the Year Award!
View the Nebraska website
View video of website of the year award

2020 Poster Awards

Congratulations to the following 2019 Poster Award winners!

Best Overall Poster Presentations:
#48 The Michigan CMV Project: Increasing Awareness of Congenital Cytomegalovirus through Education and Screening in Pediatric Audiology Clinics
By: Megan Pesch, Katie Kuboushek

#51 Infant Hearing Screening in NICU Level III and IV Nurseries in North Carolina
By: Marcia Fort, Jackson Roush, Jane Khin, Shannon Muzio, Stephanie Ortega, Kathryn Sobon

Best Overall Student Poster Presentations:
#66 Diagnoses and Interventions Related to Auditory Processing Disorder and Parent/Provider Perceptions
By: Alexandra Parshall, Lisa Hunter, Sandra Grether, Susan Eichert, Olivia Wnek , Katie Effler

#71 Deaf Mentors: Perspectives From Hearing Families and Deaf Individuals
By: Tiana Dixon