Newborn Screening, do you know what it is, do you everything about it? Did you know that people of color are less likely to be diagnosed by newborn screen because in most cases, states test for common mutations, or white mutations. Newborn Screening is a public health program. This is when a dried blood spot is taken from your babies’ heel. NBS is recognized as one of the largest and most successful disease prevention and detection programs in the U.S. it began in 1962 and CF was added in 2007.
Our experts have the answers. Dr. Samya Nasr is a pediatric pulmonologist at the University of Michigan, and she is the Coordinator for the NBS since 2007. Mary Kleyn is an epidemiologist for the NBS. She has been with the Michigan Department of Community Health since 2008.