Newborn Screening


Nurse and newborn

Mission Statement

It is the goal of the Newborn Screening (NBS) Clinical Care Coordination Program to decrease the morbidity and mortality of infants born in Texas through customer-oriented, high quality newborn screening follow-up, case management and outreach education.

Newborn Screening In-Service Education

Newborn Screening (NBS) in-service education is designed to provide general information on the NBS program, genetic disorders screened for in Texas, specimen collection, the importance of early detection & treatment, and resources available to assist health care providers participating in newborn screening. In-service face-to-face trainings are generally for audiences of 15 or more.

Now available FREE Live Web Conferencing

Webinar trainings cover general information on the NBS program and are designed for small to mid-size groups. The webinar is a Web-based presentation that is transmitted over the Web, and allows participants to view attached documents and applications electronically from any computer. During the webinar, the Educator will present information regarding the NBS program, and the webinar format allows for open discussion dialogue and questions. Please contact Tasha Reese, NBS Educator to schedule in-service education for your organization.


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Register TODAY - Genetics Conference 2014 

The 2014 Genetics Conference, Newborn Screening: Tales from the Crib will take place at three locations, offering attendees a variety of attendance options: July 26 in San Antonio; August 2 in Dallas; and August 9 in Austin. View conference details.

The conference is FREE to attend, but spots are limited, so register today. A working lunch and a networking reception are included with each registration. View conference flyer. Physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, PAs, CNMs, genetic counselors and others who may encounter patients with genetic disorders are encouraged to attend.

Newborn Screening Grand Rounds: “Pompe Disease: Bench to Bedside Journey and Newborn Screening Initiatives”

Dr. Priya Kishnani We thank Dr. Priya Kishnani who discussed Pompe disease including treatment advances and the role of Newborn Screening in Pompe disease on July 7, 2014. Read more about Dr. Kishnani. (pdf)

Continuing education credit is available only for persons who attended on the day of the event. An evaluation form must be completed, scanned and emailed to Tasha Reese or it can be sent to her by fax to 512-776-7125.

Questions? For any other questions related to this presentation or to be added to the email list for the next Newborn Screening Grand Rounds presentation, email or call 512.776.2682. (Use relay option of your choice to call if needed.) 

Newborn Screening Advisory Committee New Members

Two new members of the Newborn Screening Advisory Committee have been appointed by Dr. David Lakey, DSHS Commissioner: Dr. Thomas M. Zellers and Ms. Aida Gonzalez. Visit the Newborn Screening Advisory Committee Membership page for more details.

Newborn Screening for Critical Congenital Heart Disease in Texas

Critical congenital heart disease (CCHD) is one of the leading causes of death in infants less than one-year old. Each year in the United States, 4,800 infants (2/1000 live births) are born with CCHD. Early diagnosis and timely intervention can significantly reduce morbidity and mortality and can lead to better outcomes.

House Bill 740, 83rd Legislature Regular Session, 2013, adds CCHD to the required Texas newborn screening panel.  The Department of State Health Services is in the process of developing program rules under the Texas Administrative Code for CCHD screening and will solicit informal and formal stakeholder input into that process. 

Birthing facilities, hospitals, and physicians may wish to utilize the link below to access a toolkit developed through the Texas Pulse Oximetry Project. The toolkit provides educational and technical information on screening for CCHD. 

CCHD Toolkit

Newborn Screening Newsletter - Spring 2014

Texas Department of State Health Services
Newborn Screening Unit
PO Box 149347 MC 1918
Austin, TX 78714-9347
1-800-252-8023 ext. 3957
Fax: 512-776-7450

Last updated July 29, 2014