Online Program

Quality Improvement in Newborn Screening: State Initiatives to Improve Processes

Monday, November 2, 2015 : 12:30 p.m. - 12:50 p.m.

Lisa F Waddell, MD, MPH, Community Health and Prevention, ASTHO, Arlington, VA
This panel will describe newborn screening processes and their positive impact on population health. The Executive Director of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials will illustrate the complexity of newborn screening programs across the country and will discuss the important role that state health departments play in tracking and supporting these systems. The former Director of Arizona’s Department of Health Services will share Arizona’s experience in transforming the state’s newborn screening system from one of the worst performing systems to one of the best. The Administrator of the Wisconsin Division of Public Health, will explain how the state health department worked with the state laboratory to improve newborn screening transit time and transparency.  Kentucky’s achievements in improving transit time between blood collections and testing will be described from the unique perspective of a former Director of Public Health Laboratories and current Commissioner of Heath in the state.

Learning Areas:

Public health administration or related administration
Public health or related organizational policy, standards, or other guidelines

Learning Objectives:
Identify the state agencies and organizations that play a role in state efforts in newborn screening quality improvement. Describe best practices for state health departments in improving timeliness of newborn screening. Describe the findings of a qualitative report on newborn screening quality improvement practices and how it can inform other states’ programs and policies. Identify specific examples of how Arizona, Wisconsin, and Kentucky made improvements to their newborn screening systems.

Keyword(s): Maternal and Child Health

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: As Chief of Community Health and Prevention at the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO), I oversee ASTHO's maternal and child health programs, including ASTHO's work on newborn screening. Prior to joining ASTHO, I served as the deputy commissioner for Health Services at the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control.
Any relevant financial relationships? Yes

Name of Organization Clinical/Research Area Type of relationship
Southeastern Medical Supply No Research Advisory Committee/Board , Consultant and Employment (includes retainer)

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.