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BHSM Coffee Break Webinar

Join us today, Wednesday, May 20th at 1:00 PM EDT, for our next coffee break webinar. Today’s topic, Partnering with Primary Care Providers and Midwives to Provide Newborn Hearing Screening and Re-screening During COVID-19, will be presented by Linda Hazard and Stacy Jordan from the Vermont EHDI program.

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WEBINAR SAVE THE DATE: Newborn Screening: Challenges and Responses to COVID-19

Dear Newborn Screening Community,

We are pleased to announce a national webinar on Newborn Screening: COVID-19 Challenges and Response will take place on Thursday, May 21 from 2:00 pm- 3:30 pm ET. The federal Maternal and Child Health Bureau has asked the National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management (NCHAM) to co-host this webinar in collaboration with the Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL)

This national webinar will be set-up as a listening session with a panel of newborn screening experts discussing challenges, barriers and solutions to dried blood spot and newborn hearing screening as well as the family engagement perspective during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in the United States. 

  • Confirm your availability to participate by registering for this free webinar here:…
  • Share any questions that you may have for the panelists via email with Sikha Singh at These questions will be posed to the panelists during the webinar and may include, but are not limited to, discussion around solutions to newborn screening follow-up, telehealth, education, laboratory practice, system backlogs and more in dried blood spot and point of care newborn screening.

The agenda for the meeting is shown below


2:00 pm- 2:05 pmWelcome and IntroductionsJoan Scott, MS, CGCDirector, Division of Services for Children with Special Health Needs, Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Health Resources and Services Administration
2:05 pm- 2:10 pmOverview of NewSTEPs and State Newborn Screening System ChallengesJelili Ojodu, MPHDirector, Newborn Screening and GeneticsAssociation of Public Health Laboratories
2:10 pm- 2:15 pmOverview of National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management (NCHAM) and National Hearing Screening ChallengesKarl White, PhDDirector, National Center for Hearing Assessment and ManagementUtah State University
2:15 pm- 2:30 pmChallenges to Dried Blood Spot (DBS) Newborn Screening during COVID-19Michele Caggana, ScD, FACMGDeputy Director of the Division of Genetics and Director of the Newborn Screening ProgramNew York State Department of Health 
2:30 pm- 2:45 pmChallenges to Hearing Screening during COVID-19Marcia Fort, AuD, CCC-AUnit Manager, Genetics and Newborn ScreeningNorth Carolina Department of Health and Human Services
2:45 pm- 3:00 pmFamily Engagement during COVID-19 about Newborn Screening Adrianna (Annie) EvansProgram Development SpecialistGenetic Alliance
3:00 pm- 3:15 pmFamily Engagement during COVID-19 about Hearing Screening Janet DesGeorgesExecutive DirectorHands and Voices, Family, Language and Learning
3:15 pm- 3:30 pmOpen Discussion with AttendeesOpen Discussion (facilitated by Jelili Ojodu and Karl White)
3:30 pm  Adjourn

Coffee Break Webinar Today

Are you attending today’s coffee break webinar at 1 pm EDT? Register now to attend “Supporting Emotional Health and Resilience During COVID-19” presented by Elizabeth Seeliger (Global Impact Audiology) | Tuesday, May 19th at 1:00 PM EDT.

Research and Resources for Parents!

From Visual Language and Visual Learning (VL2) at Gallaudet University.

Dear Families, Friends, Educators, and Professionals, Coming up… A spotlight on FINGERSPELLING! Be sure to sign up and subscribe so you won’t miss anything! Click HERE As a starter, below are some links with several rich resources for you!

Better Hearing and Speech Month (BHSM) Webinars: Bright Spots and Innovations Related to COVID-19

The National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management (NCHAM and Hands & Voices/Family Leadership in Language and Learning (H&V/FL3)
are collaborating to provide information about how EHDI programs across the United States are successfully providing essential services to young children who are deaf or hard of hearing (D/HH) and their families during the COVID-19 pandemic. This information will be released in a series of free webinars and online information in support of May 2020 Better Hearing and Speech Month. The webinars—all of which highlight creative and effective solutions to delivering successful services to young children who are D/HH and their families during COVID-19—will be
presented during the month of May.

Registration is open for all webinars at

Each May is Better Hearing & Speech Month (BHSM)

ASHA has revised its plans for BHSM to reflect the impact of the COVID-19 virus. All consumer/public resources will now be topical to the coronavirus and will feature guidance for preventing or managing communication disorders at this challenging time.