What: NewSTEPs (Newborn Screening Technical assistance and Evaluation Program) is a national newborn screening project designed to provide data, technical assistance, quality improvement resources and training to newborn screening programs.

How: NewSTEPs is funded through a cooperative agreement to APHL by the Genetic Services Branch of the Health Resources and Services Administration.

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 who provide expertise in epidemiology, evaluation and data analysis. APHL also collaborates with state newborn screening programs and stakeholders in the newborn screening community.

APHL Staff

  • Director: Jelili Ojodu, MPH 
  • Manager: Sikha Singh, MHS, PMP
  • Manager: Careema Yusuf, MPH
  • Specialist: Thalia Wood, MPH
  • Specialist: Ruthanne Salsbury, MPH Candidate
  • Newborn Screening and Genetics in Public Health Liaison: Guisou Zarbalian, MPH, MS

Colorado School of Public Health Partners

  • Associate Director: Marci Sontag, PhD
  • Program Evaluator: Yvonne Kellar-Guenther, PhD
  • Data Analyst: Joshua Miller, MPH
  • Professional Research Assistant, Sarah McKasson, MPH