2023 Early Hearing Detection & Intervention Conference

March 5-7, 2023 • Cincinnati, OH



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.

2023 Recipient of the Antonia Brancia Maxon Award for EHDI Excellence
Sheila Moodle

2023 Nominees for the Antonia Brancia Maxon Award for EHDI Excellence

  • Connie Donohue - New York
  • Sheri Farinha - California
  • Marcia Fort - North Carolina
  • Lisa Hunter - Ohio
  • Terri Ibieta - Louisiana
  • Adrienne Johnson - Utah
  • Sheila Moodie - Canada
  • Melanie Morris - Georgia
  • Karrie Hughes Moser - Oklahoma
  • Nancy Schumann - New Jersey
  • Maria Sentelik - Ohio
  • Louis Sieminski - Pennsylvania

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.

2023 Recipient of the Family Leadership Award for EHDI Excellence
Gladys Medina

Previous Awards

2023 Website of the Year

2022 Recipient of the EHDI Website Award

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

2023 EHDI Conference Poster Winners

Overall Poster Winners:
First Place - Investigating Barriers to Access and Delivery of NS-ABR in California's San Joaquin Valley Pediatric Population
By: Amritpal Singh, Dylan Chan, Jacqueline Weinstein, Emily Taketa

Second Place - Looking through the Yellow Pages...: Experiences of hearing parents navigating childhood hearing loss
By: Sydney Loria, Steven Barnett, Logan Worley, Tori Valachovic

Student Poster Winners:
First Place - Meeting Sensory Needs to Support Successful Learning and Engagement
By: Isabel Lee and Sarah Law from Utah State University

Second Place - Gaps in Pediatric Hearing Care: Sickle Cell Disease
By: Amy Gaskin and Colleagues from Kennedy Krieger Institute

People's Choice Winner
The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the Early Management of Hearing Loss in North Carolina
By: Penelope Franklin, Emily Jedlowski, Talia Mango, Cheyanne Waller, Caitlin Sapp, Hannah Siburt