This campaign is aligned with the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (NE DHHS), Nebraska Safe Babies Hospital campaigns. Many of Nebraska hospitals have already been recognized as champions in Safe Sleep and Abusive Head Trauma prevention. NE-EHDI wants to recognize our birthing facilities as Newborn Hearing Hospital Champions as well.
Identify deaf or hard of hearing infants early for the opportunity to reach his/her full potential.
Important 1-3-6 Benchmarks established by the
Joint Committee on Infant Hearing (JCIH):
The success of meeting the 1-3-6 benchmarks depends on professionals like you. Approximately 55 infants are identified as deaf or hard of hearing annually in Nebraska due to the work NE-EHDI does with our partners including birth hospitals.
The goal of the Nebraska Newborn Hearing Hospital Champion campaign is to provide evidence-based education to birthing hospital staff who work directly with families. Your hospital can make an impact by joining our exciting venture to help professionals understand that how they communicate results to parents can impact timely follow-up when an infant does not pass the newborn hearing screening. This will provide a consistent baseline education for all hospital personnel caring for newborns.
NE-EHDI provides education brochures and cards free of charge so healthcare providers can educate parents about the importance of hearing in a child's cognitive, academic, social, and emotional development.
The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and NE-EHDI invite you to join the Newborn Hearing Hospital Champion campaign. Nebraska birthing hospitals that routinely deliver babies touch the lives of newborns, parents, and caregivers. Every day, health providers can educate parents about the importance of early hearing detection and intervention to protect babies from missing out on the most critical period in early childhood for speech and language development. Your hospital can make an impact by joining our exciting venture.
Please join us in taking all the steps needed to ensure we are identifying infants who are deaf or hard of hearing as soon as possible so they can stay on track with their hearing peers and reach their full potential.
Congratulations to St Francis Memorial Hospital in West Point Nebraska for becoming the first Newborn Hearing Hospital Champion! The staff at St Francis volunteered to be the pilot hospital for this initiative and offered valuable feedback to Nebraska EHDI along the way. MeLissa Butler, Community Health Educator Sr. for the NE-EHDI program presented the certificate to the newborn nursery staff on December 30, 2019.