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:
|Evan with his metabolic physician, Dr. Sue Berry. Evan has galactosemia.||Margaret 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.
|Speaker of the House of Representatives, Paul Thissen.
||Jolene from Lasting Imprints with her two kids and brother.|
|Korissa and Everett. Everett has galactosemia.
||Becca, Jon, and their twin children (Sam and Grace). Both Sam and Grace have PKU.|
|Deputy Commissioner, Jim Koppel.||Representative for District 30A, Nick Zerwas.|
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.
- "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.
The National Campaign's Media Toolkit
To mark the 50th anniversary of newborn screening, the APHL and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have launched a national campaign to raise awareness and increase understanding of the scope and effectiveness of newborn screening.