NBS Policy 101: How to Add Conditions to the Mandatory Newborn Screening Panel

January 9, 2018

Newborn screening is a state-mandated public health program striving to identify babies with congenital disorders needing clinical attention. Treatment of affected babies prior to the manifestation of symptoms is critical to save babies from death and permanent disability. Dr. John Thompson, director of the Washington State Newborn Screening Program, will be sharing a brief overview of newborn screening and will use recent conditions added to the mandatory panel as case studies to highlight the complexities of expanding this public health program.

After viewing this lecture, participants should be able to:

1. Explain the general precepts of newborn screening
2. Outline the process for adding a new condition to the mandatory screening panel
3. List the three new conditions being added in 2018 and screening options for each of them
4. Describe challenges for newborn screening policy making

John Thompson, PhD, MPA, MPH, director, Newborn Screening Program, Washington State Department of Health