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Genomics and Newborn Screening

Our mission is to promote, protect, and improve the health of identified Hoosier newborns with genetic conditions and birth defects.

GNBS envisions a state that values and acknowledges genetics in healthcare by offering Hoosier newborns, children, and their families equitable resources and opportunities to reach their health potential.


What is the Genomics and Newborn Screening Program?

The Genomics and Newborn Screening Program (GNBS) is a program within the Indiana Department of Health that houses both the Indiana Birth Defects and Problems Registry (IBDPR) and the Newborn Screening Program. The GNBS Program is responsible for ensuring timely and quality newborn screening occurs for each and every Hoosier baby.

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Important Updates for Genomics and Newborn Screening Stakeholders

06/2022:  The NBS Program Manual Webinar recording is now available! This webinar walks through the NBS Program Manual which houses all newborn screening best practices, requirements, resources and contact information for Indiana's Newborn Screening Program. Watch the recording below, or click here to view the video on YouTube.

06/2022:  The Summer 2022 GNBS Newsletter is now available! This edition of the GNBS Newsletter provides updates from the GNBS program including information about the new Newborn Screening Program Manual and webinar, Indiana Folic Acid Awareness Campaign, and CMV Awareness Month. Visit our Newsletters Page to see all GNBS newsletters.

05/2022:  The 2022 Newborn Screening Program Manual is here! The Genomics and Newborn Screening program has spent months updating the previous newborn screening toolkit to include information helpful to our partners, providers, and birthing facilities. This program manual serves as a reference for professionals who have a role in Indiana's state-mandated Newborn Screening Programs and its best practices and procedures. Please view the Newborn Screening Program Manual for information regarding each of the three required screens, proper documentation, requesting materials, and more.

04/2022: Provider Newborn Screening Resources are here! Join the Midwest Genetics Network (MGN) for a virtual learning opportunity aiming to connect clinicians and their clinic staff interested in improving documentation of Newborn Screening (NBS) test results, communication with parents, and making appropriate referrals. MGN has been approved by the American Board of Pediatrics, the American Board of Family Medicine, and the Minnesota Medical Association to provide this FREE continuing education learning activity for MOC4, MOC2, PI, and AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ points/credit. This cohort will run from February, 2022 through May, 2022. To learn more about this opportunity please click here.

03/2022: World Birth Defects Day! Every year, world birth defects day is recognized on March 3rd. Together, we aim to raise awareness about the impact of birth defects and help parents increase the chance of having a baby with the best health possible. Not all birth defects can be prevented, but people can increase their chances of having a healthy baby by managing health conditions and adopting healthy behaviors before becoming pregnant. To learn more about birth defects please visit the CDC birth defect homepage.

01/2022: The Genomics and Newborn Screening Webinar 2022!  The Genomics and Newborn Screening Webinar 2022! The GNBS program and newborn screening laboratory hosted a Newborn Screening Updates webinar to discuss important updates and answer any questions from our birthing facilities and midwives. Please view theGenomics and Newborn Screening Updates webinar for information regarding NBS program updates and much more.

1/2022: January is National Birth Defects Awareness Month! The CDC recognizes January as National Birth Defects Awareness Month. This is a time to raise awareness about birth defects and highlight efforts to improve the health of people living with these conditions across their lifespan. Join the nationwide effort to raise awareness of birth defects and their impact on individuals, parents, and families. Help us help your communities #HealthyCommunitiesHealthyBabies . To learn more about birth defects please visit our Birth Defect Information webpage.

12/2021: The  Winter Edition of the GNBS Newsletter is now available! This issue we will spotlight our new employee, and additional team  members, review our 2021 accomplishments, and recognize our top 5 facilities, and briefly discuss what's to come for 2022! Please view the GNBS Q4 Newsletter.

11/2021:  The Implementation of the Condition Nomination and Evaluation Process! The GNBS Program has developed a condition nomination and evaluation process that allows the conditions to be nominated for being added to the Indiana Newborn Screening Panel. Learn more about the process by visiting our Nominate a NBS Condition webpage.

09/2021: Updated Newborn Screening Cards! The newborn screening card (heel stick card, dried bloodspot card) will be updated soon. Distribution of the updated cards will begin in September and should be completed by November 2021. All birthing facility staff, midwives, and other partners who perform newborn screening should review the Notice of NBS Card Updates letter to learn about the specific changes that will be made to the card. Please reach out to Jennifer Weaver, NBS Program Manager, at JWeaver@isdh.in.gov with any questions about the changes.


Page last revised 6/08/2022 by JWeaver