Maternal and Child Health

Newborn Screening

Every year, as part of the newborn screening process, millions of newborns are routinely screened for genetic and metabolic conditions. Though these conditions are rare, if identified and treated promptly, newborn health outcomes can improve and potential disabilities can be avoided or mitigated from timely screening. Newborn screening has improved or saved the lives of more than 12,000 newborns each year. In 2013, a report in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel found evidence of serious delays in newborn screening programs across the country. Since that time, newborn screening programs in public health departments across the country have undertaken quality improvement initiatives to improve timely submission and testing of newborn blood samples.

ASTHO Newborn Screening Webinars

On Jan. 28 from 3-4 p.m. EST, ASTHO hosted a webinar Newborn Screening Quality Improvement: State Initiatives to Improve Screening Processes. Paul Jarris, executive director of ASTHO, Will Humble, Arizona State Health Director, Karen McKeown, Wisconsin State Health Officer and Administrator of Public Health, and other distinguished speakers discussed successes, challenges, and lessons learned to strengthen newborn screening systems across the United States

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