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ERIC Number: EJ966480
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 8
ISSN: ISSN-0042-8639
Future Directions for EHDI Programs: Recommendations from a Strategic Analysis
Bradham, Tamala S.; Houston, K. Todd
Volta Review, v111 n2 p281-288 Sum 2011
Over the past 20 years, tremendous strides have been made in establishing and strengthening early hearing detection and intervention (EHDI) programs in all 50 states and the U.S. territories. Although EHDI programs have become more robust, considerable work remains to ensure that all children who do not pass a hearing screening receive the appropriate follow-up services regardless of where they live and regardless of whether they are insured privately or through Medicaid. Complicating this situation is the paucity of data available to policy makers, researchers, administrators, and other stakeholders regarding the current status of EHDI programs in the United States. To address that need, in 2009 the National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management (NCHAM) at Utah State University embarked on a systemic review aimed at obtaining a clearer, operational picture of state EHDI programs. To conduct this review, 12 major areas within the EHDI system were defined and coordinators of all state-based EHDI programs were asked to complete a strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats, or SWOT, analysis. Results of the SWOT analysis were evaluated using a threats, opportunities, weaknesses, and strengths, or TOWS, matrix to generate recommendations that would enhance programming and overall outcomes for current EHDI practices. To generate recommendations from the SWOT analysis, a TOWS matrix was used to match identified strengths with opportunities (S-O strategy), strengths with threats (S-T strategy), weaknesses with opportunities (W-O strategy), and weaknesses with threats (W-T strategy). This article presents recommendations to strengthen EHDI programs. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United States