Newborn Screenings

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State Newborn Screening Programs: Policy Options & Opportunities

State public health programs screen an estimated 4 million infants annually for genetic and metabolic disorders. States screen newborns because early detection can prevent severe cognitive and physical disabilities, and even death. Screening newborns can also save states and families money by avoiding expensive medical treatments later. This webinar will explore state legislative efforts, how states add new screenings, and unexpected challenges states have encountered along the way.


  • Carla Cuthbert, Ph.D., branch chief, Newborn Screening and Molecular Biology Branch in CDC/NCEH
  • Nisha Quasba, associate specialist, Association of Public Health Laboratories
  • Assemblywoman Michaelle Solages (D), New York
  • Representative Joan Ballweg (R), Wisconsin


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