ERIC Number: ED360808
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Lowering the Age of Identification: Oregon's Design and Preliminary Results.
Josephson, Jean Attridge; Moore, William
Teaching Research, Mar 1993
This newsletter article describes early identification of children who have hearing impairments in Oregon. Oregon was selected to demonstrate a model system for early identification that had been developed in Utah. A new birth certificate was designed, which enabled the Oregon Health Division to screen for risk factors for hearing loss. A statewide advisory committee helped project staff in determining hearing screening protocols, payment systems, referral systems and sources, and information to be sent to parents and physicians. Hospital records staff and public health nurses were trained on the new information included in the birth certificate. Community education activities were also conducted. When at-risk babies reach 6 months of age, their families are mailed notices recommending that their infants' hearing be checked. Of 44,007 births in Oregon in 1991, 8.4 percent were identified as at risk for hearing loss. Forty-three percent of the notices mailed to these families were returned. Data are not yet available on whether babies and families are acquiring services earlier because of the registry program. (JDD)
Publication Type: Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Western Oregon State Coll., Monmouth. Teaching Research Div.
Identifiers - Location: Oregon