North Dakota Early Hearing Detection EHDI logoand Intervention Program

 

ND EHDI Staff

Listed below is the ND EHDI project staff. A short project role description, biographical sketch, and contact information for each member is included.


Jerusha Olthoff

Project Director - Jerusha Olthoff, M.S.M.

Email: jerusha.olthoff@minotstateu.edu

Primary responsibilities:

  • Work with EHDI stakeholders to promote quality data and ease data entry burden through automated processes and system enhancements
  • Oversee the program and coordinate with stakeholder organizations throughout the state
  • Oversee program staff and activity timelines to assure program quality and efficiency
  • Work with staff of the CSHS Division to integrate ND EHDI into long term planning processes
  • Represent program to funding agency grants management and project officers
  • Report North Dakotas’ hearing screening, diagnosis, and intervention data annually to the Centers for Disease Control
  • Monitor ND's statewide tracking database used to record newborn hearing screening, diagnosis, and intervention results and ensure proper hearing health protocol is promoted
  • Develop OZ eSP training protocol and provide training/technical assistance to hospital staff and audiologists regarding statewide database, newborn screening, outpatient follow-up, diagnostic reporting and referral procedures
  • Develop and maintain communication/networking relationships between hearing care professionals
  • Provide tracking support to hospital staff, audiologists and pediatricians to increase awareness of infants requiring further care
  • Prepare statewide, regional, and hospital specific data for hospital community visits, quarterly/annual reports and performance reviews
  • Provide hospital CEOs/Administrators, Nursery Managers, and OZ eSP data personnel with quarterly letter and hospital specific data report

 

Sue Routledge

EHDI Specialist - Sue Routledge, B.S.

Email: sue.routledge@minotstateu.edu

Primary responsibilities:

  • Oversee ND's statewide tracking database used to record newborn hearing screening and follow-up results
  • Develop OZ eSP training protocol and provide training/technical assistance to hospital staff and audiologists regarding statewide database, newborn screening, outpatient follow-up, diagnostic reporting and referral procedures
  • Develop and maintain communication/networking relationships between hearing care professionals
  • Provide tracking support to hospital staff, audiologists and pediatricians to increase awareness of infants requiring further care
  • Prepare statewide, regional, and hospital specific data for hospital community visits, quarterly/annual reports and performance reviews
  • Provide hospital CEOs/Administrators, Nursery Managers, and OZ eSP data personnel with quarterly letter and hospital specific data report

 

Julie Wetzel

EHDI Specialist - Christine Brigden

Email: Christine.Brigden@minotstateu.edu

Primary responsibilities:

  • Oversee & monitor data entered in ND's statewide tracking database used to record newborn hearing screening and provide necessary action when rates are not at optimal levels
  • Coordinate and conduct site visits to birth hospitals, early intervention programs, and audiologists
  • Provide training and technical assistance about hearing screening, follow-up and referral procedures to early intervention and family support programs
  • Create/order and disseminate educational materials
  • Develop and maintain communication/networking relationships between hearing care professionals
  • Develop OZ eSP training protocol and provide training/technical assistance to hospital staff and audiologists regarding statewide database, newborn screening, outpatient follow-up, diagnostic reporting and procedures for referrals
  • Provide tracking support to hospital staff, audiologists and pediatricians to increase awareness of infants requiring further care
  • Prepare statewide, regional, and hospital specific data for hospitals

 

Aimee DuchshererAdministrative Assistant - Vickie Brabandt

Email: vickie.brabandt@minotstateu.edu

Primary responsibilities:

  • Responsible for all administrative and clerical support for the ND EHDI project







Sue Burns
State Implementation Coordinator - Kim Hruby


Primary Responsibilities:
  • Represent ND EHDI project with other CSHS and Title V programs, including metabolic screenings and birth certificate initiative
  • Liaison between Department of Health programs and initiatives and ND EHDI
  • Assist and facilitate planning and integration of ND EHDI program with state and local disability prevention, early intervention, and health and family support activities
  • Assist with fiscal and long-term sustainability planning for program
  • Assist and facilitate planning activities for sustainability after current or futrue grants funds expire
  • Assist and facilitate interagency data sharing agreements within ND and with Border States
  • Assist in developing public awareness procedures and materials
  • Assist in developing hospital and program annual reports

Program Administrator
ND Dept. of Health - Children's Special Health Services
701.328.4669 or 800.755.2714