The Guam EHDI Advisory Committee is a subcommittee of the Guam Interagency Coordinating Council (GICC – Advisory Council to the Guam Early Intervention System, mandated under Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA) of 2004. The purpose of the Subcommittee is to advise and assist the implementation of the Guam EHDI Project in achieving its goals and objectives.
The Guam EHDI Advisory Subcommittee is comprised of key partnering agencies from: Families, GMHA, GRMC, Sagua Mañågu, DPHSS, GDOE, Private Audiologist, and Guam EHDI Staff.
|Joe Tuquero||Parent, Chairperson|
|Joyce Tejeresas||Parent, Vice Chairperson|
|Julia Flores||Family Member|
|Ann Marie Cruz||Parent|
|Avelina “Bing” Opena, RN||Guam Memorial Hospital Authority|
|Ma Victoria Guiao, RN||Guam Memorial Hospital Authority|
|Valerie Meno, RNC||Guam Memorial Hospital Authority|
|Glenda Leon Guerrero, RN||Guam Regional Medical City|
|Lina Leon Guerrero||Sagua Mañagu Birthing Center|
|Margarita Gay, RN||Department of Public Health & Social Services|
|Patricia Mantanona||Guam Early Intervention System, Guam Dept. of Education|
|Cathy Tydingco||Guam Department of Education (GDOE), Division of Special Education, Part B & C|
|Tom Babauta||GDOE, Division of Special Education, Part B, D/HH|
|Robert Leon Guerrero, MD||Pediatrician, DPHSS/FHP|
|Renee Koffend, AuD., CCC-A||Guam CEDDERS Audiology Support Consultant|
|Rachel Cornwell, AuD., CCC-A||United States Naval Hospital - Guam|
|Heidi San Nicolas, Ph.D., Director||Guam CEDDERS, Guam EHDI Project Principal Investigator|
The Subcommittee meets on a quarterly basis to ensure the goals, objectives, and activities are carried out. Members also provide strategies and recommendations for strengthening newborn hearing screening and intervention on Guam.
View meeting minutes below:
Guam EHDI Meeting Minutes/Presentation
|Year||Month / Day||Name||Accessible PDF|
|2018||March 06||Meeting Minutes|
|2017||September 11||Meeting Minutes|
|2017||March 14||Meeting Minutes|
The Guam EHDI Project is administered by the University of Guam Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research, & Service (Guam CEDDERS) and works in partnerships with:
|Key Partners||File Type|
|Guam Memorial Hospital Authority (GMHA)|
|Sagua Mañagu: Guam’s First Birthing Center|
|Guam Department of Public Health and Social Services (DPHSS)|
|Guam Early Intervention System (GEIS)|
|Guam Regional Medical City|
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.
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.
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 15 years of operation, Guam EHDI has conducted newborn hearing screening for over 43,000 babies born, referred 513 babies for early intervention services, and identified 110 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.
Universal newborn hearing screening is mandated by Guam Public Law 27-150.