Newborn Screening Program Information:
50th Anniversary of Newborn Screening

Celebrating 50 years of making a difference in the lives of Minnesota newborns and their families!

To help celebrate 50 years of newborn screening, the Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL) has made available to states, a traveling display depicting the history and important life-saving role of newborn screening. Minnesota hosted the display from March 4-14, 2013, including a celebration at the State Capitol. Highlights from the celebration:

Celebrate 50 years of Newborn Screening – Minnesota Kick-Off

Evan Evan with his metabolic physician, Dr. Sue Berry. Evan has galactosemia.

Evan's Story

MargaretMargaret Doll and her mother, Mary Lou. Margaret was born with phenylketonuria (PKU) and her uncle, Dr. Robert Guthrie, developed the newborn screeing test for PKU.

Paul ThissenSpeaker of the House of Representatives, Paul Thissen.

JoleneJolene from Lasting Imprints with her two kids and brother.
EverettKorissa and Everett. Everett has galactosemia.

Sam and GraceBecca, Jon, and their twin children (Sam and Grace). Both Sam and Grace have PKU.
JimDeputy Commissioner, Jim Koppel. Nick ZerwasRepresentative for District 30A, Nick Zerwas.


MDH News Release: Newborn Screening 50th Anniversary

Stories of Newborn Screening

  • The Minnesota Department of Health Newborn Screening Program's 'Family Stories' page highlights stories Minnesota families have shared about the difference screening made in their lives.

    Family Stories

  • "Babies benefitted greatly from one doctor's research" is an article published by Access Press detailing the history of how Newborn Screening began with the help of Dr. Robert Guthrie, a Minnesota physician and newborn screening advocate.

    Babies benefitted greatly from one doctor's research

  • Save Babies Through Screening (SBTS) Foundation's mission is to improve the lives of children and their families through newborn screening. SBTS Foundation has at least 20 personal stories from families with diagnoses. These stories describe the positive outcomes of having been screened and the negative impact for those who did not.

    Save Babies Through Screening Foundation

Four Facts About Newborn Screening

The APHL has created a booklet entitled 'Newborn Screening - Four Facts Policymakers Need to Know'. The booklet contains facts about newborn screening intertwined with family stories.

Newborn Screening - Four Facts Policymakers Need to Know (PDF: 549KB/16 pages)