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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 Screening Rule 438-15[[br]] []

Percentage of Newborns Screened, Utah, 2000-2019

Data Sources

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


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 [[br]] '''U.S. Target:''' 45 States (44 States and the District of Columbia) [[br]][[br]] MICH-32.2: Increase the proportion of screen-positive children who receive followup testing within the recommended time period[[br]] '''U.S. Target:''' 100 percent [[br]][[br]] 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 Disease Control and Prevention oversees newborn screening in Utah.

Available Services

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

Health Program Information

The Utah Newborn Screening Program (NSP) began in 1979 screening for three disorders: 1) Phenylketonuria, 2) Galactosemia, and 3) Congenital Hypothyroidism. Screening for Hemogolobinopathies began in 2001. In 2006 Tandem Mass Spectrometry (TMS) was introduced and screening for Amino Acid, Organic Acid, and Fatty Acid Oxidation disorders began. Screening for Biotinidase also started in 2006. Cystic Fibrosis was added in 2009, SCID in 2013 and GAMT deficiency June 1, 2015. SMA screening was added January 29, 2018. XALD screening was added September 20, 2020. [ Newborn Screening Statute] [ Newborn Screening Rule 438-15]
Page Content Updated On 10/09/2020, Published on 01/05/2021
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