The Guam EHDI Project is currently funded through a grant contract awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Guam Department of Public Health and Social Services (DPHSS).
Guam EHDI Staff
June De Leon, M.Ed.
Michelle Aguigui, M.Ed
Marie Wusstig, M.Ed.
Keith Villaluna, BBA
Tanya Simer, BSW
Renee L.G. Koffend, AuD, CCC-A
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 Committee is comprised of key partnering agencies and families: Parents, DHH Advocates, GMHA, DPHSS, GDOE, Audiologists, and Guam EHDI Staff.
|Joyce Tejeresas||Parent, Chairperson|
|Tina Aguon||DHH Advocate, Vice-Chairperson|
|Myra Aguon||DHH Advocate|
|Enrique Mesngon||DHH Advocate/Guam Department of Education Educator|
|Ann Marie Cruz||Parent|
|Pamela Sablan||RN – Guam Memorial Hospital Authority|
|Frances Dela Cruz||RN - Guam Memorial Hospital Authority|
|Valerie Meno, RNC||Guam Memorial Hospital Authority|
|Margarita Gay, RN||Department of Public Health & Social Services|
|Robert Leon Guerrero, MD||Pediatrician, DPHSS/FHP|
|Cathy Tydingco||Guam Department of Education (GDOE), Division of Special Education, Part B & C|
|David Zieber, AuD||GDOE, Division of Special Education, Part B DHH, Audiologist|
|June De Leon||Guam CEDDERS, Guam EHDI Project Principal Investigator|
|Pauline Camacho||Department of Public Health & Social Services, Preschool Development Grant Birth to 5 Project Coordinator|
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|
|2021||September 24||Meeting Minutes|
|2021||March 26||Meeting Minutes|
|2020||September 22||Meeting Minutes|
|2020||February 25||Meeting Minutes|
|2019||February 26||Meeting Minutes|
|2019||August 20||Meeting Minutes|
|2018||March 06||Meeting Minutes|
|2018||August 22||Meeting Minutes|
|2017||September 11||Meeting Minutes|
|2017||March 14||Meeting Minutes|
Guam EHDI By-laws
Memoranda of Agreement for 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 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 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.
History of the Program & Public Law
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 20 years of operation, Guam EHDI has conducted newborn hearing screening for over 55,982 babies born, referred 616 babies for Diagnostic Audiological Evaluation (DAE), and identified 122 babies with a hearing loss. Currently, approximately 99% of Guam’s newborns are screened at the Guam Memorial Hospital Authority and the Sagua Mañågu Birthing Center.
Universal newborn hearing screening is mandated by Guam Public Law 27-150.