Newborn Screening Program Information: Newborn Hearing Screening Advisory Committee (NHSAC) - Minnesota Dept. of Health

Newborn Screening program Information:
Newborn Hearing Screening Advisory Committee (NHSAC)

On this page:
Recommendations from the NHSAC Committee and Responses from the Commissioner
NHSAC Committee Membership
Meeting Agenda and Minutes
Open and Upcoming Appointments

Disorder coming soon: Congenital Cytomegalovirus (cCMV) has been approved for addition to Minnesota's newborn screening panel. Implementation is currently in progress and screening has not yet begun.

The Newborn Hearing Screening Advisory Committee, also known as the Early Hearing Detection & Intervention (EHDI) Advisory Committee, meets four times per year to discuss issues surrounding early hearing detection and intervention. Members of the mandated advisory committee include parents of children with a hearing loss, advocates with expertise in issues affecting people who are deaf and hard of hearing, health care providers, hospital representatives, and other medical and education experts. One of the main purposes of the advisory committee is to make informed recommendations for newborn hearing screening and hearing loss management. Meetings are open to the public.

Authorizing legislation

Please email ehdi@health.state.mn.us with any questions or comments regarding the Advisory Committee on Newborn Hearing Screening.

Recommendations from the NHSAC Committee and Responses from the Commissioner

Medical Guidelines for Primary Care and Medical Home Providers

NHSAC Committee Membership

The commissioner of health shall appoint at least one member from each of the following groups with no less than two of the members being deaf or hard-of-hearing:

  • A representative from a consumer organization representing culturally deaf persons
  • A parent with a child with hearing loss representing a parent organization
  • A consumer from an organization representing oral communication options
  • A consumer from an organization representing cued speech communication options
  • An audiologist who has experience in evaluation and intervention of infants and young children
  • A speech-language pathologist who has experience in evaluation and intervention of  infants and young children
  • Two primary care providers who have experience in the care of infants and young children, one of which shall be a pediatrician
  • A representative from the early hearing detection intervention teams
  • A representative from the Department of Education resource center for the deaf and hard-of-hearing or the representative's designee
  • A representative of the Minnesota Commission Serving Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing People
  • A representative from the Department of Human Services Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Services Division
  • One or more of the Part C coordinators from the Department of Education, the Department of Health, or the Department of Human Services or the department's designees
  • The Department of Health early hearing detection and intervention coordinators
  • Two birth hospital representatives from one rural and one urban hospital
  • A pediatric geneticist
  • An otolaryngologist
  • A representative from the Newborn Screening Advisory Committee under this subdivision
  • A representative of the Department of Education regional low-incidence facilitators
  • A representative from the deaf mentor program
  • A representative of the Minnesota State Academy for the Deaf from the Minnesota State Academies staff

Meeting Agenda and Minutes

2021

November 17, 2021

August 18, 2021

May 19, 2021

February 17, 2021

2020

November 18, 2020

August 19, 2020

May 20, 2020

Meeting canceled due to COVID

February 19, 2020

2019

November 20, 2019

August 21, 2019

May 15, 2019

February 20, 2019

February 7, 2018

May 16, 2018

August 15, 2018

November 7, 2018

February 8, 2017

May 17, 2017

August 9, 2017

November 15, 2017

Open and Upcoming Appointments

Vacancies

Below are current vacancies for the Newborn Hearing Screening Advisory Committee.

Number of openings Category Term end date
1 A representative from the Department of Human Services Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Division January 2024
1 A birth hospital representative from an urban hospital January 2024
1 A pediatric geneticist January 2024

If interested, please visit the following website to apply for one of these open appointments:

Open Commissions and Appointments
Please include a cover letter, resume, and any other pertinent information you believe would be helpful in the selection process.

Upcoming Appointments

On February 7, 2022, the Commissioner of Health will appoint the following people to the Newborn Hearing Screening Advisory Committee:

Appointee Position Term end date
Ann Barlow A parent with a child with hearing loss representing a parent organization January 1, 2024
Emily Smith-Lundberg A representative from the deaf mentor program January 2, 2023
Danelle Gournaris A representative of the Commission of the Deaf, DeafBlind and Hard of Hearing January 1, 2024

Terms of Appointment

Advisors are appointed to the committee by the Minnesota Commissioner of Health. Appointed advisors serve four-year terms and can reapply at the end of their term. Appointments may be renewed indefinitely, at the discretion of the Commissioner.

Selecting Advisors

Selection is based on review of the applications by a Steering Committee for the Advisory Committees. Final selection of appointed advisors is made by the Minnesota Commissioner of Health.