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Newborn Screening 50th Anniversary

Michigan's 50th Anniversary of Newborn Screening 2015. Throughout the year, we highlighted program milestones and recognized the state's NBS pioneers. Since 1965, the screening panel has expanded from one to 55 disorders -- all of which require early treatment to prevent illness, disability or death. This expansion over the last 50 years would not have been possible without support from hospitals and midwives that are on the front lines collecting these important specimens. The dedication and hard work of laboratory, follow-up and medical management coordinating center staff has led to continuous improvement and amazing advancements in this important public health program. The Department of Health and Human Services would like to acknowledge and thank everyone involved with Michigan's NBS system for their superb work over the past 50 years that helps to save Michigan newborns nearly every day!

Please read more about the 50 year history of this Public Health Success Story in our NBS commemorative booklet.

Newborn Screening 50th Anniversary Hospital Recognition Ceremony Awardees

Beaumont Hospital - Troy
St Mary Hospital - Livonia
St Joseph Mercy - Ann Arbor
Spectrum Health Zeeland Hospital
Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial
Mid-Michigan Medical Center - Midland
Mercy Hospital Cadillac
McLaren Port Huron
Holland Hospital
Dickinson County Healthcare System


Congenital Hypothyroidism Highlighted During January to Increase Awareness

Mended Little Hearts of West Michigan CHD Awareness Party - February 7, 5-8pm
CHD Awareness Week - February 7-14
CHD Awareness Week Proclamation 
Day for Hearts 2015 - February 28, 12-2:30pm
MDCH supports Rare Disease Day and recognizes importance of NBS

Michigan Hospital Association Patient Safety and Quality Symposium - March 10-11

MDHHS supports World Primary Immunodeficiency Week; State promotes awareness, importance of newborn screening

CATA Health Fair: Lansing CATA Station - April 10
Michigan Hospital Association OBGYN Workshop: Dearborn - April 14
Tummy to Toddler: Macomb Community College - April 18
Lansing Baby Fair - April 18

SMANN: Frankenmuth - April 22
Detroit Baby Expo - April 25
WIC Conference - April 28-29

Newborn Screening Key for Detecting Cystic Fibrosis Early in Life
May, 2015: Better Hearing and Speech Awareness Month

Michigan Midwives Association:Tustin - May 2
Michigan State Medical Society Conference on Maternal and Perinatal Health: Dearborn - May 14

Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Conference: Romulus - June 2-3

Home Visiting Conference: Detroit - August 6-7
Sickle Cell Walk - August 29

September: Newborn Screening Awareness Month
Newborn Screening Celebration: Lansing - September 16
    8am and 9am: Newborn Screening Laboratory Tours
    10am: Hospital Recognition Ceremony and Press Conference
    11am-4:30pm: Michigan Newborn Screening 50th Anniversary Symposium
      50+ Years of Improving Health through Newborn Screening: A Model of Public Health Success - Dr. Alex Kemper
      Overview of Newborn Screening Laboratory and Follow-up - Harry Hawkins and Lois Turbett
      The Biotinidase Deficiency Story: Role of Serendipity In Its Introduction into Newborn Screening - Dr. Barry Wolf
      Newborn Screening Decisions: The Role of Cost-Effectiveness Evidence - Dr. Lisa Prosser
      Michigan's Newborn Screening Panel: A Closer Look
      The Future of Newborn Screening Technology: Looking Ahead - Dr. Sara Tomechko

AAP Conference - September 18-19
Southeast Michigan Congenital Heart Walk - September 26

Newborn Screening Awareness Month Proclamation
MDHHS celebrates 50 years of Michigan's Newborn Screening Program

Family Stories
"Thank you Newborn Hearing Screening!! I'm so grateful for newborn hearing screens. They gave us the information we needed to give our daughter her best chance for communication, and the education she deserves." - Kim, mother of Makayla.

"We cannot imagine what life would be like if it were not for the Newborn Hearing Screening process." - Kreger family.

"Without newborn screening and everyone involved in those first crucial hours, my life would have turned out very differently." - Mike, young adult with PKU.

"Newborn Screening found our daughter had SCID. Due to early identification, she had a bone marrow transplant before ever developing a severe infection. Early detection greatly increased her chance for survival. It saved her life." - Jenna, mother of Samantha

"You only want what is best for your children and I think [newborn screening] is something that would be very beneficial to them for their future" - Susan, mother of two girls with MCADD.

National 50th Anniversary of Newborn Screening - 2013 
The Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention sponsored a campaign to celebrate 50 years of saving and improving babies' lives through newborn screening. The aim of the national campaign was to raise awareness and increase public understanding of the scope and impact of newborn screening. The traveling exhibit visited Michigan and with the help from Michigan's Newborn Screening Management Centers, it was displayed across the state. This two week event celebrated in September 2013, gave citizens an opportunity to learn more about the successes of Michigan's Newborn Screening Program and raised awareness about the Michigan BioTrust for Health.


Press Release

Updated 1/12/2016