Brief Description of the Proposed Grant: The Illinois Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) Program at the Illinois Department of Public Health will work to improve timely documentation, reporting, and analysis of diagnostic and intervention data through the optimization of EHDI surveillance practices and information systems. Short-term, intermediate, and long-term outcomes will be addressed in the following four main areas:
• Optimization of the EHDI-IS system
• Engagement of stakeholders in follow-up tracking and surveillance
• Data Analysis and Evaluation
• Data Submission and Dissemination
The usefulness and usability of the data system will be addressed. At the end of the four year cooperative agreement, the Illinois EHDI program anticipates having an EHDI-IS that meets greater than 80% of functional standards identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In addition, the EHDI program will have strengthened ties with stakeholders through support of their engagement activities; will show improvements in policies and procedures through quality improvement activities; and will have developed sustainable data reports for dissemination among stakeholders. Development and monitoring of process and outcome measures will be completed by the Evaluation and Planning Team. At least annually the priorities and progress under the cooperative agreement will be address and realigned if necessary.