2023 Early Hearing Detection & Intervention Conference

March 5-7, 2023 • Cincinnati, OH


Nominations for the 2023 ANTONIA BRANCIA MAXON AWARD FOR EHDI EXCELLENCE and FAMILY LEADERSHIP AWARDS will be accepted beginning in late Fall 2022. Please check back for more information.

The 2023 Antonia Brancia Maxon Award for EHDI Excellence will be presented at the 2023 National EHDI Conference in Cincinnati, OH. This award honors the life and work of Dr. Antonia Brancia Maxon to promote effective Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) programs for all newborns, infants, and young children. Dr. Maxon was a pioneer in EHDI programs, beginning with her leadership in the Rhode Island Hearing Assessment Project in the late 1980's. She was one of the first to recognize the feasibility and value of universal newborn hearing screening and was a tireless advocate for connecting screening programs with timely and appropriate diagnosis and early intervention.

Her extensive contributions to creating excellent EHDI programs were abruptly ended by a tragic automobile accident in May of 2007. In memory of her contributions, an Award for EHDI Excellence is presented each year at the National EHDI Conference to honor an individual who has made outstanding contributions to achieving excellence in EHDI programs nationally or in a particular state or region.

Presentation of the 2023 Antonia Brancia Maxon Award for EHDI Excellence will be made on Monday March 6, 2023 at the National EHDI Conference in Cincinnati, OH. More about the National EHDI Conference, including past nominees and recipients can be found below.

2022 Recipient of the Antonia Brancia Maxon Award for EHDI Excellence
Stephanie McVicar

Previous Awards

EHDI Family Leadership Award

2017 was the inaugural year for the EHDI Family Leadership Award. During the last several decades it has become increasingly clear that EHDI only exists to improve the well-being of babies and families. Symbiotically, engaged families are central to the success of EHDI programs and more specifically to the success of children who are deaf or hard of hearing.

This award honors a parent or family member of a child who is deaf or hard of hearing for providing exemplary leadership in their state EHDI system and whose leadership has led to improved outcomes. The recipient was selected by NCHAM's Family Advisory Committee.

2022 Recipient of the Family Leadership Award for EHDI Excellence
Carrie Balian

Previous Awards

2022 Website of the Year

2022 Recipient of the EHDI Website Award
South Dakota

2022 Recipient of the Champion of Previous Winners of the EHDI Website Award

2022 EHDI Conference Poster Winners

Overall Poster Winners:
First Place - Improving Identification of Children at Risk for Deafblindness in the Minnesota EHDI system through EHR Chart Abstraction
By: Darcia Dierking, Venessa Heiland & Melinda Marsolek

Second Place - Impact of Face Masks on Audiovisual Word Recognition in Young Children with Hearing Loss During the Covid-19 Pandemic
By: Jody Caldwell-Kurtzman, Erin Lipps, Lina Motlagh-Zadeh, Chelsea M. Blankenship, David R. Moore and Lisa L. Hunter

Student Poster Winners:
First Place - Benefits of Family-Centered Intervention in Children with CHARGE
By: Madeleine Mayer

Second Place - Co-Occurrence of Hearing Loss and Autism Spectrum Disorder: Delays in Identification and Lack of Access to Care/Services
By: Samantha Espinal, Holly Duncan, Sarah Ellis, Amy Gaskin