Newborn Screening Program Information:
Advisory Committees

For more information on Minnesota’s newborn screening advisory committees, contact the Newborn Screening Program at 800-664-7772.


Advisory Committee on Heritable and Congenital Disorders

The Minnesota statute that mandates newborn screening also created the Minnesota Department of Health Advisory Committee on Heritable and Congenital Disorder (also known as the Newborn Screening Advisory Committee) that meets on a semi-annual basis.

Members of the Advisory Committee include:

  • Parents and other consumers
  • Primary care providers
  • Clinician and researchers specializing in newborn disorders and disorders
  • Genetic counselors
  • Birth hospital representatives
  • Newborn screening laboratory professionals
  • Nutritionists
  • Other experts as needed

One of the main purposes of the advisory committee is to discuss issues related to newborn screening including making informed recommendations to add new disorders to the newborn screening panel. Meetings are open to the public.

Advisor Category Term End Date
Roshini Abraham Newborn screening laboratory professionals 01/2020
Mark Bergeron Clinician and researcher specializing in newborn diseases and disorders 01/2019
Susan Berry Clinician and researcher specializing in newborn diseases and disorders 01/2020
Vikas Bhambhani Clinicians and researchers specializing in newborn diseases and disorders 01/2019
Jenny Bock Nutritionists 01/2019
Kristi Borowski Clinicians and researchers specializing in newborn diseases and disorders 01/2020
Kristen Dummer Clinician and researcher specializing in newborn diseases and disorders 01/2019
Sheyhan Gelle Parents and other consumers 01/2020
Robert Jacobson Primary care providers 01/2019
Courtney Jarboe Other experts as needed 01/2020
Ed Jenkins Parents and other consumers 01/2020
Steven Johnson Parents and other consumers 01/2019
Amy Karger Newborn screening laboratory professionals 01/2019
Terri Laguna Clinicians and researchers specializing in newborn diseases and disorders 01/2020
Jan Larson Parents and other consumers 01/2019
Julie Thompson Larson Birth hospital representatives 01/2020
Kristin Loncorich Birth hospital representatives 01/2019
Dietrich Matern Newborn screening laboratory professionals 01/2020
Stephen Nelson Clinicians and researchers specializing in newborn diseases and disorders 01/2019
Michael Nwaneri Primary care providers 01/2019
Martha Overby Other experts as needed 01/2019
Annamarie Saarinen Other experts as needed 01/2019
Kiki Sarafoglou Clinicians and researchers specializing in newborn diseases and disorders 01/2019
Emilee Scheid Other experts as needed 01/2020
Kevin Sheridan Clinicians and researchers specializing in newborn diseases and disorders 01/2020
Kathy Stagni Parents and other consumers 01/2020
Renee Temme Genetic counselors 01/2020
Jennifer Ward Clinicians and researchers specializing in newborn diseases and disorders 01/2019

New Advisor Orientation

New advisors need to complete a short orientation training. Returning advisors are welcome to review this training as well. The training reviews newborn screening at the national and state level, provides an overview of the newborn screening process in Minnesota, and describes the role of an advisor. Upon request, a closed captioned version of this training will be provided.

Advisor Orientation Training (video: 16 minutes)


Newborn Hearing Screening Advisory Committee

The Minnesota statute that mandates newborn hearing screening also created a Minnesota Department of Health Newborn Hearing Screening Advisory committee that meets four times per year to discuss issues surrounding early hearing detection and intervention.

Members of the Newborn Hearing Advisory Committee include parents of children with a hearing loss, advocates with expertise in issues affecting people who are deaf and hard of hearing, health care providers, hospital representatives, and other medical and education experts. One of the main purposes of the advisory committee is to make informed recommendations for newborn hearing screening and hearing loss management. Meetings are open to the public.

Hearing Screening Advisory Committee Members (PDF)

Please email EHDI@health.state.mn.us with any questions or comments regarding the Newborn Hearing Screening Advisory Committee.

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