WEBINAR SAVE THE DATE: Newborn Screening: Challenges and Responses to COVID-19

Dear Newborn Screening Community,

We are pleased to announce a national webinar on Newborn Screening: COVID-19 Challenges and Response will take place on Thursday, May 21 from 2:00 pm- 3:30 pm ET. The federal Maternal and Child Health Bureau has asked the National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management (NCHAM) to co-host this webinar in collaboration with the Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL)

This national webinar will be set-up as a listening session with a panel of newborn screening experts discussing challenges, barriers and solutions to dried blood spot and newborn hearing screening as well as the family engagement perspective during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in the United States. 

  • Confirm your availability to participate by registering for this free webinar here: aphl.zoom.us/meeting/register/…
  • Share any questions that you may have for the panelists via email with Sikha Singh at Sikha.Singh@aphl.org. These questions will be posed to the panelists during the webinar and may include, but are not limited to, discussion around solutions to newborn screening follow-up, telehealth, education, laboratory practice, system backlogs and more in dried blood spot and point of care newborn screening.

The agenda for the meeting is shown below


2:00 pm- 2:05 pmWelcome and IntroductionsJoan Scott, MS, CGCDirector, Division of Services for Children with Special Health Needs, Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Health Resources and Services Administration
2:05 pm- 2:10 pmOverview of NewSTEPs and State Newborn Screening System ChallengesJelili Ojodu, MPHDirector, Newborn Screening and GeneticsAssociation of Public Health Laboratories
2:10 pm- 2:15 pmOverview of National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management (NCHAM) and National Hearing Screening ChallengesKarl White, PhDDirector, National Center for Hearing Assessment and ManagementUtah State University
2:15 pm- 2:30 pmChallenges to Dried Blood Spot (DBS) Newborn Screening during COVID-19Michele Caggana, ScD, FACMGDeputy Director of the Division of Genetics and Director of the Newborn Screening ProgramNew York State Department of Health 
2:30 pm- 2:45 pmChallenges to Hearing Screening during COVID-19Marcia Fort, AuD, CCC-AUnit Manager, Genetics and Newborn ScreeningNorth Carolina Department of Health and Human Services
2:45 pm- 3:00 pmFamily Engagement during COVID-19 about Newborn Screening Adrianna (Annie) EvansProgram Development SpecialistGenetic Alliance
3:00 pm- 3:15 pmFamily Engagement during COVID-19 about Hearing Screening Janet DesGeorgesExecutive DirectorHands and Voices, Family, Language and Learning
3:15 pm- 3:30 pmOpen Discussion with AttendeesOpen Discussion (facilitated by Jelili Ojodu and Karl White)
3:30 pm  Adjourn