Newborn Screening and Genetics

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Newborn Screening Technical assistance and Evaluation Program (NewSTEPs)

What: NewSTEPs (Newborn Screening Technical assistance and Evaluation Program) is a national newborn screening project designed to provide data, technical assistance and training to newborn screening programs across the country and assist states with quality improvement initiatives. NewSTEPs is a comprehensive resource center for state newborn screening programs and stakeholders.

How: NewSTEPs is funded through a cooperative agreement to the Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL) by the Genetic Services Branch of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).

Why: NewSTEPs functions with the goal of improving outcomes for newborns by facilitating newborn screening initiatives and programmatic outcomes, thus improving the overall quality of the newborn screening system. State programs will benefit from the shared resources that NewSTEPs offers, including a data repository, interactive website, technical assistance, education and training, policy guidance and program evaluation.

Where: NewSTEPs is the central link for access to newborn screening information, data and resources across the country.

Who: To facilitate the efforts described, our staff includes newborn screening staff from APHL and staff from the Colorado School of Public Health (CSPH) who provide expertise in epidemiology, evaluation, and data analysis. APHL also collaborates with state newborn screening programs and stakeholders in the newborn screening community.


  • Director: Jelili Ojodu, MPH
  • Manager: Sikha Singh, MHS, PMP
  • Senior Specialist: Careema Yusuf, MPH
  • Specialist: Thalia Wood, MPH
  • Newborn Screening and Genetics in Public Health Liaison: Guisou Pineyro, MPH


  • Associate Director: Marci Sontag, PhD
  • Program Evaluator: Yvonne Kellar-Guenther, PhD
  • Data Analyst: Joshua Miller, MPH