IDHW’s Idaho Sound Beginnings honored as “Organization of the Year” by American Academy of Pediatrics Idaho chapter

Idaho Sound Beginnings Coordinator Brian Shakespeare and staff were recognized as the AAP’s “Organization of the Year ” Feb. 23 at JUMP in Boise. 

Idaho Department of Health and Welfare Idaho Sound Beginnings (ISB) Coordinator Brian Shakespeare and the ISB team were recognized Feb. 23 by the Idaho Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) as the 2017 “Organization of the Year” during the Idaho Perinatal Project winter conference in Boise.


Idaho Sound Beginnings is the early hearing detection and intervention outreach effort that is part of the department’s Infant Toddler Program. Idaho Sound Beginnings works to identify infants with hearing loss as early as possible and enroll them in early intervention so they are ready to learn along-side their hearing peers when they enter school.

Hearing loss is the most common birth disorder in newborns. It affects how a baby perceives sound and is able to communicate. Ninety percent of infants with hearing loss are born to hearing parents, but much can be done if hearing loss is identified early.

Pictured left to right, Brian Shakespeare, Idaho Sound Beginnings coordinator; Andrea Amestoy, contractor parent outreach coordinator; Pamela Blessinger, ProPeople contractor health information manager; Burdette Hoelzle, ProPeople contractor data manager.


In announcing the award, AAP Idaho Chapter Executive Director Sherry Iverson said, “Each year the chapter leadership and members look at individuals, pediatricians, and organizations around the state that have gone beyond a job description to improve the health of children in Idaho.

“Your dedication and hard work over many years has not gone unrecognized, and we are pleased to say thank you for all your hard work in ensuring that all newborns are screened and receive follow-up and treating for any hearing problems.”

Congratulations to the Idaho Sound Beginnings team for being publicly recognized for your work at DHW to promote and protect the health and safety of all Idahoans!

More info: Idaho Sound Beginnings Program


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