We are thrilled to announce that registration for the 2023 CMV Public Health and Policy Conference is now LIVE! Early bird registration is open until September 1, 2023. We look forward to seeing you in Salt Lake City, Utah October 8-10 for this one-of-a-kind conference on the prevention and treatment of congenital CMV.
AMCHP is launching a series of virtual roundtables focused on supporting birth defects surveillance programs’ opportunities for partnerships/collaboration with other programs that can help ensure infants and families identified through surveillance have access to appropriate services and care.
The first session will be on April 19, and will feature speakers from South Carolina’s programs, including Tara Carroll, the SC EHDI program director. The EHDI community and EHDI programs have often been leaders in family-centered community connections and work. Please plan to attend, learn and share!
Our abstract system is now open through April 3, 2023. This year we are opening all abstract types at the same time, so submit for your instructional sessions and breakout sessions. Also, new this year, we are adding an 8-minute rapid-fire presentation option that will be in the plenary hall and followed by a poster presentation later in the conference. To submit your abstract, go to https://cmv.usu.edu/presenter-information.cfm.
Need convincing on how amazing this conference is? View the plenary presentations from the 2022 conference that was held in Ottawa, Ontario Canada.
Each state at the National EHDI Conference has time to meet with attendees at the conference. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet your state EHDI program staff, parents, stakeholders and others. When registering, be sure to select to share your name and contact with your state EHDI program. EHDI coordinators and/or EHDI program staff from your state will reach out to you prior to the conference. Learn more about the State Stakeholders Meeting in this Frequently Asked Questions link here:
The Early Hearing Detection and Intervention national meeting is coming to Cincinnati March 6-8, 2023! Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC) will be providing in-person, guided tours on March 8 to attendees. CCHMC is one of the top 3 pediatric hospitals in the US, offering a wide range of interdisciplinary care clinics to babies, children, and teens with hearing loss. They specialize in caring for children with multiple developmental problems that often accompany hearing loss. Tours will be provided through their state-of-the-art hearing research labs with hands-on demonstrations, and in audiology, speech-language and developmental disabilities clinics, including the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) program, one of the oldest and largest in the country.
Babies who were born premature have a high risk for hearing loss, speech, language, and other developmental problems. Speech-language therapy is often delayed until age 3 or later, and hearing loss may be missed if it is milder or progressive. Through an NIH-funded study, Drs. Lisa Hunter and Jennifer Vannest with their interdisciplinary team are using advanced methods such as cortical EEG to speech sounds (shown below, left ) and MRI to identify babies soon after birth who need therapy. Outcomes are assessed at ages 2-3 years using in-depth speech, language, and literacy measures (below right).
Newborn screening tests help to detect developmental, metabolic, and genetic disorders in a newborn baby. Early detection and diagnosis allow timely treatment and help to prevent or minimize the probable complications.
In the weeks leading up to Christmas break, the Blended Message Club at Helper Middle School performed for local nursing and assisted living facilities in the area. The Blended Message Club is a group of students led by Mrs. Rebecca Moon that teaches the students American Sign Language (ASL) through music.