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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-Birth Defects Information for Providers Contains information about birth defects for healthcare providers. It includes data and statistics, scientific articles, and free educational materials to give patients.

Local Public Health Departments help answer questions for children with special health needs. Local public health assists with finding community services that could benefit children, available financial resources, and well child exams and immunizations. In most local public health departments there is a designated key contact for Birth Defects and Early Hearing Detection and Intervention follow-up.

Minnesota Department of Human Services provides information about programs including Medical Assistance (MA) and MN Health Care Programs, Financial Resources, and TEFRA. The department also has a Provider Help Line for billing and related questions.

National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Service in Health and Health Care the National CLAS Standards are intended to advance health equity, improve quality, and help eliminate health care disparities by providing a blueprint for individuals and health care organizations to implement culturally and linguistically appropriate services. Adoption of these Standards will help advance better health and health care in the United States.

MotherToBaby Fact Sheets: A service of the Organization of Teratology Information Specialists (OTIS) offers a series of fact sheets on “teratogens” (substances that are known to interfere with fetal development). The fact sheets answer frequently asked questions about exposure to teratogens during pregnancy.

Region 4 Genetics Collaborative is a collaborative network of families, genetic service providers, newborn screening laboratories, and leaders in public health genetics from Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin.

Resources Order Form for Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (PDF) Use this form to order: “Learning about Hearing Loss: A Parent Roadmap,” “Unilateral Hearing Loss Brochure,” “Beginnings Books," "Transient Follow-up Postcard," and “EHDI Checklist for Primary Care Providers.”

Prenatal Trisomy Diagnosis Awareness Act (PDF) Is a statute that was passed on August 1, 2015 that requires certain educational materials be given to pregnant women following a positive screening test. There are a variety of screening tests now available for prenatal genetic conditions. The sensitivity and specificity of each varies depending on the underlying risk status of the women being screened. The statute states that any health care practitioner who orders test for a pregnant women to screen for trisomy conditions shall provide information in writing or an alternative format and include: expected physical, developmental, educational & psychosocial outcomes; life expectancy; clinical course; expected intellectual and functional development; treatment options; and contact information for nonprofit organizations. MDH's fact sheets meet these requirements.