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07/2020: GNBS Education Initiative on hold - The GNBS Education Specialist position is now vacant. We are currently developing targeted online education modules that will be offered to our birthing partners, PCPs, and MSR reporters. Once finished, these modules will be available to staff to access 24/7 at their leisure. We will let our stakeholders know when these modules are ready to be accessed via our GNBS email listserv. Click here to receive GNBS updates via email!

Our goal is to inform, refresh and update newborn screening staff and stakeholders about the importance of educating families, performing quality newborn screening, and reporting to GNBS accurately and on time.

Indiana has approximately 90 birthing facilities at which the majority of Indiana babies are born each year. Shortly after birth, each baby is screened by three different tests known as Newborn Screening (NBS): heel stick, pulse oximetry and hearing. Indiana’s NBS panel identifies 49 different conditions that otherwise would go undetected. If left undetected and untreated, these conditions result in severe developmental delay and infant death, further contributing to Indiana’s growing infant mortality rate. Early diagnosis and intervention is a key component in ensuring NBS is effective at combating our second leading cause of infant mortality. With that, early education and understanding of our program and NBS is important to all stakeholders to help prevent and reduce our infant mortality rate.

Birthing Facility Outreach Materials


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Page last revised on 07/14/2020 by JHaller