GEIS Staff Receive Diagnostic Audiological Evaluation (DAE) Toolkits

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December 5, 2018: Guam Early Intervention System (GEIS) staff received ten Diagnostic Audiological Evaluation (DAE) Toolkits for infants referred for a DAE from Guam EHDI staff. Toolkits include materials to assist families to prepare for the infant’s diagnostic audiological evaluation. Pictured Left to Right: Barbara Leon Guerrero, GEIS Data Clerk; Tanya Simer, Guam EHDI Hearing Screening Paraprofessional; Therese Sanchez, GEIS Service Coordinator. Not shown: Jenika Ballesta, Guam CEDDERS, Research Associate.

GPPT/Project Fitme Facilitates Parent Leadership Training on Self-Advocacy

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November 17, 2018: Susan Dugan, GPPT/Project Fitme Coordinator, facilitated a Parent Leadership Training on Self-Advocacy for parents and family members at the Hagatna Library. The training focused on the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Individualized Education Plan (IEP), Guam Legal Services Corporation-Disability Law Center (GLSC-DLC) and other resources parents can access to ensure their child receives Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE). Additional information on how Parent Mentors can offer additional support as parents navigate resources for their children’s needs. (Pictured from left to right) John Mabayag, Jay-Lynn Mendiola, Trisha Suzuki, Caleb Suzuki, Susan R. Dugan, Program Coordinator; Evelyn Topasna, and Ashley Babauta.

Learning Community Meeting Conducted on Zoom

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November 16, 2018: Susan Dugan, Guam’s Positive Parents Together, Inc. (GPPT) Project Fitme Coordinator, facilitated a Learning Community Meeting via the Zoom meeting platform. Ms. Dugan shared information she learned when she attended the Hands & Voices Leadership Conference on September 14-16 in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Topics that were covered in the workshops she attended included developing collaborative leadership skills for members of family organizations that support infants and children who are deaf or hard of hearing, supporting families without bias; and poverty & diversity. Information from a workshops titled, “Chronic Loneliness: A Health Concern for Children Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing,” and “The Space Between Us: Parent Panel,” was also shared.

Parent Leadership Facilitates Training Meeting

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November 3, 2018: Guam’s Positive Parents Together, Inc. (GPPT) Project Fitme Coordinator Susan Dugan facilitated an “Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) training session at the Hagatna Library for parents of children identified with a hearing loss. Parents received an overview of the IFSP process.
Pictured Left to Right: Jay-Lynn Mendiola, parent; Susan Dugan, GPPT Project Fitme Project Coordinator; Evelyn Topasna, Parent Mentor; and Trisha Suzuki, Parent Mentor. Not pictured: Ashley Babauta, GPPT Project Fitme Support Staff.

Guam EHDI holds Sustainability Meeting

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November 1, 2018: The Guam Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (Guam EDHI) Sustainability Planning Committee held a follow-up meeting to continue the development of initial plans for long-term system sustainability of the universal newborn hearing screening process and maintenance of the Guam ChildLink-EHDI database. Participating in the meeting were: L-R: Joseph Mendiola, Guam CEDDERS/Guam EHDI Interoperability Data Manager; Sherry Cruz, Service Provider, Guam Early Intervention System, Guam Department of Education; Pat Mantanona, Program Coordinator, Guam Early Intervention System, Guam Department of Education; Terrie Fejarang, Guam CEDDERS Associate Director/Guam EHDI Project Director; Margarita B. Gay, Administrator, Bureau of Family Health and Nursing Services, Department of Public Health and Social Services; and Marie Wusstig, Guam CEDDERS/Guam EHDI Program Coordinator.

New Guam EHDI Staff Meets with GMHA OB Ward and Nursery Staff

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October 26, 2018: The newest team member of the Guam EHDI Project, Hearing Screening Paraprofessional, Tanya Simer met with GMHA OB Ward and Nursery staff. Pictured from Left to right: Tanya Simer, Guam CEDDERS and Ma. Victoria (Marivic) Guaio, GMHA OB Ward nursing supervisor. Not pictured: Marie Wusstig, Guam CEDDERS.
Pictured from Left to right: Tanya Simer, Guam CEDDERS, Avelina (Bing) Opena and Marie Wusstig, Guam CEDDERS.

Projects Participate in Guam Head Start Parent Engagement Conference

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October 27, 2018: The Guam Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (Guam EHDI) Project Fitme participated in the 2018 Guam Head Start Parent Engagement Conference at the Dusit Thani Guam Resort. Information about initial screening for newborns was shared with participants. Pictured with participants is Tanya Simer, Guam EHDI Hearing Screening Paraprofessional.
October 27, 2018: The Guam System for Assistive Technology (GSAT) staff shared information about GSATs programs and services, with particular emphasis on various assistive technology devices that can assist children with communication and mobility. Pictured with an attendee is Shawni Acfalle, GSAT Center Assistant.
October 27, 2018: Guam EHDI Project Fitme with Guam Positive Parents Together (GPPT) participated in the 2018 Head Start Parent Engagement Conference at Dusit Thani Guam Resort. Information on the Deaf/Hard of Hearing Parent Support Group was shared with attendees. Pictured with attendees are Susan Duggan, GPPT Project Fitme Coordinator, and Tanya Simer, Guam EHDI Hearing Screening Paraprofessional.

Guam EHDI Sustainability Planning Committee Meet

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October 12, 2018: The Guam Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (Guam EDHI) Sustainability Planning Committee held its first meeting to begin the development of initial plans for long term system sustainability of the universal newborn hearing screening process. Participating in the meeting were: L-R: Maggie Bell, Maternal Child Health Program Coordinator, Department of Public Health and Social Services; Marie Wusstig, Guam CEDDERS/Guam EHDI Program Coordinator; Joseph Mendiola, Guam CEDDERS/Guam EHDI Interoperability Data Manager; Pat Mantanona, Program Coordinator, Guam Early Intervention System, Guam Department of Education; and Maggie Bell, MCH Program Coordinator, Department of Public Health and Social Services. Not shown: Terrie Fejarang, Guam CEDDERS Associate Director/Guam EHDI Project Director.

Guam Early Hearing Detection & Intervention Brochures Presented to Village Mayor’s Offices

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Oct. 3, 2018: The Guam Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (Guam EHDI) Project provided copies of the Guam EHDI brochures and the Neni Directory to the Barrigada and Mangilao Mayors’ offices. These publications promote the importance of early childhood development, developmental screening, and contact information on early childhood programs, supports, and services for families.

GMHA Medical Records Staff Receive Training on Guam ChildLink-EHDI

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On September 26, Guam Memorial Hospital Authority (GMHA) Medical Records staff received training to input hearing screening information of infants born at GMHA into Guam ChildLink-EHDI. Pictured from left to right: Geraldine Dollaga, GMHA Medical Records staff; Sera Rios, GMHA Medical Records Administrator; Nova Naguit, GMHA Medical Records staff; and Joseph Mendiola, Guam EHDI Evaluator/Performance Monitor.