History of the Program
The Guam EHDI Project is 100% federally funded and was established in 2002 through a federal grant awarded to the University of Guam Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research, & Service (Guam CEDDERS) by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to establish Guam’s Newborn Hearing Screening and Intervention Program.
The goals of the current Guam EHDI Project are to assure that:
- all babies born on Guam are screened for hearing loss by 1 month of age, prior to leaving the birthing site;
- babies with hearing loss receive a diagnostic audiological evaluation (DAE) by 3 months of age;
- quality early intervention services they need are initiated by 6 months of age (known as the “1-3-6 Plan”).
In 2002, Guam CEDDERS also applied for and received funding through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. HHS, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to establish an integrated data tracking and surveillance system to support the Guam EHDI Project. Guam received training and technical assistance from the University of Maine to develop the data system, known as Guam ChildLink – EHDI.
Over the course of the Project’s 14 years of operation, Guam EHDI has conducted newborn hearing screening for over 41,000 babies born, referred 455 babies for early intervention services, and identified 90 babies with a hearing loss. Currently, approximately 99% of Guam’s newborns are screened at the Guam Memorial Hospital Authority, Guam Regional Medical City, and the Sagua Mañågu Birthing Center.
The Guam EHDI Project is currently funded through two grants awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services:
- Guam EHDI – Rikohi: Universal Newborn Screening and Intervention; and
- Guam EHDI-IS: Information System Enhancement and Refinement awarded by CDC.
|Guam EHDI – Rikohi||Download PDF|
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Guam EHDI Logic Model
The Guam EHDI Logic Model is a systematic and visual depiction of the
- relationships among Guam EHDI resources to operate Guam ChildLink – EHDI,
- the activities we plan to do, and
- the results we hope to achieve.
The inputs are the resources that go into Guam EHDI in order to achieve the activities successfully. The activities are the actual events or actions that take place as a part of Guam ChildLink – EHDI. The outputs are the direct products of program activities or immediate measures of what the program did. And the outcomes are the results of program operations or activities and the effects triggered by the program.
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Administrative Structure and Key Partners
The Guam EHDI Project is administered by the University of Guam Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research, & Service (Guam CEDDERS) and implemented through key partnerships with the Guam Memorial Hospital Authority (GMHA), Sagua Mañågu Birthing Center, Guam Regional Medical City (GRMC), Department of Public Health & Social Services (DPHSS), and the Guam Department of Education (GDOE) – Division of Special Education, Guam Early Intervention System (GEIS).
The Guam EHDI Project ensures integration and coordination of various agencies and programs and a plan for sustainability upon completion of the grant years, through the implementation of Memorandums of Agreements with its key partners. Each key partner has a mutual interest to provide support necessary to fully implement an integrated, sustained, and collaborative effort to fully achieve the goals and objectives of the Guam EHDI Project including data tracking and surveillance through the Guam ChildLink integrated data system.
|Memorandum of Agreement for Key Partners|
|Guam Memorial Hospital Authority (GMHA)||Download PDF|
|Sagua Mañagu: Guam’s First Birthing Center||Download PDF|
|Guam Department of Public Health and Social Services (DPHSS)||Download PDF|
|Guam Early Intervention System (GEIS)||Download PDF|
|Guam Regional Medical City||Download PDF|