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.
Join this webinar, hosted by the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO), and learn about quality improvement initiatives in Arizona, Wisconsin, and the Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL) Newborn Screening Technical Assistance and Evaluation Program (NewSTEPs) and discuss successes, challenges, and lessons learned to strengthen newborn screening systems across the United States.
Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO): Paul Jarris, MD, MBA, Executive Director
HRSA's Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB): Michael C. Lu, MD, MS, MPH, Associate Administrator
Arizona Department of Health Services: Will Humble, MPH, State Health Director and Celia Nabor, MPA, Office of Vital Records Chief and Office of Newborn Screening Project Manager
Wisconsin Department of Health Services: Karen McKeown, RN, MSN, State Health Officer and Administrator of Public Health
Association of Public Health Labs (APHL): Yvonne Kellar-Guenther, PhD, NewSTEPs Evaluator, Colorado School of Public Health.
The intended audience for this webinar includes state and local health agencies and labs, nonprofit organizations, and others who address newborn screening.