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Health Indicator Report of Newborn Heelstick Screening

Screening of newborns for genetic disorders and disabling conditions facilitates early entry into comprehensive care programs, which can improve quality of life, avoid disability, and save lives. [] Newborn Screening Statute [[br]] [] Newborn Sreening Rule [[br]] []

Percentage of Newborns Screened, Utah, 1994-2013

Data Sources

  • Utah Department of Health Data Warehouse
  • Newborn Screening Program Data - LabWare


Percentage of newborns screened in Utah for state mandated screening.


Number of newborns screened who were born in Utah or number of newborns diagnosed with a specific disorder.


Number of newborns born in Utah or total number of newborns diagnosed with a specific disorder.

Healthy People Objective MICH-32:

Increase appropriate newborn blood-spot screening and followup testing
U.S. Target: Not applicable, see subobjectives in this category

Other Objectives

Healthy People 2020 MICH-32 Subobjectives: MICH-32.1 - Increase the number of States and the District of Columbia that verify through linkage with vital records that all newborns are screened shortly after birth for conditions mandated by their State-sponsored screening program U.S. Target: 45 states MICH-32.2 - Increase the proportion of screen-positive children who receive followup testing within the recommended time period U.S. Target: 100% MICH-32.3 - (Developmental) Increase the proportion of children with a diagnosed condition identified through newborn screening who have an annual assessment of services needed and received

How Are We Doing?

Utah is compliant with the national recommendations for screening disorders and March of Dimes recommendations. During the next decade, genetic technology will dramatically increase the potential to screen newborns for inherited diseases. Significant future policy decisions will include the means to pay for the prevention services made possible through such emerging technology.

How Do We Compare With the U.S.?

The following websites have a listing of all states and what is tested: [[br]] [] [[br]] []

What Is Being Done?

The UDOH Division of Family Health and Preparedness oversees newborn heelstick screening in Utah.

Available Services

Education of screening practices, counseling regarding screened disorders, and referrrals to appropriate specialists. Office Hours: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Monday - Friday Newborn Screening Program 44 North Mario Capecchi Drive PO Box 144710 Salt Lake City, UT 84114-4710 Phone: 801-584-8256 Education material available at: [[br]] []

Health Program Information

The Utah Newborn Screening Program (NSP) began in 1979 with 3 first screening tests (Phenylketonuria, Galactosemia, Congenital Hypothyroidism) and 1 second screening test (Phenylketonuria). In 1994, NSP added Congenital Hypothyroidism to the second screening test. In 2001, screening for Hemogolobinopathies was added to the first screening test. In 2006, the addition of 32 first and second screening tests (Amino Acids -- including Phenylketonuria, Organic Acids, Fatty Acids, Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia, Biotinidase) gave the NSP the ability to now screen for 36 first tests and 34 second tests. Cystic Fibrosis was added to the first screening test in 2009. SCID was added to the first screening test in 2013. [ Newborn Screening Statute] [[br]] [ Newborn Sreening Rule]
Page Content Updated On 10/16/2014, Published on 07/28/2015
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