Purpose: Detail the application of intervention mapping as a protocol for developing a novel way to address lost to intervention within the early hearing detection and intervention systems.
Design: Intervention mapping (IM) is an approach to behavior change that is typically utilized in public health initiatives. This six-step process walks health program developers, researchers, and policy makers through a rigorous research and community-based approach to understanding why a health concern or problem is present in a community. While using IM to address lost to intervention in Early Hearing Detection and Intervention programs, the focus is on why families, after identification of their child as D/deaf or hard of hearing, choose to not enroll in early intervention services covered by part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 2004.
Results: This process culminated in the development of “Swaddling Ear to Ear” as a novel approach to the implementation of behavior change theory and early intervention access.
Conclusion: Intervention Mapping is posed to support policy makers, care providers, and families with the requisite tools to navigate early intervention services and begin a systemic line of research working to access barriers to care and access inequality for newborns identified via Early Hearing Detection and Intervention programs across the United States. The educational program designed and described here is currently under evaluation.
Woodruff-Gautherin, T. & Cienkowski, K. (2022). Application of Intervention Mapping to Address Lost to Intervention in Early Hearing Detection and Intervention. Journal of Early Hearing Detection and Intervention, 7(3), 61-70. DOI: https://doi.org/10.26077/49de-5061
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