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.


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 PC. 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.


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 Grand Rounds - The Affordable Care Act - Newborn Screening and Children with Genetic Disorders: An Overview

Date & Time:

Monday, April 28, 2014
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM CDT

Webinar Registration:

After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.

Continuing Education for multiple disciplines will be provided!

In Person:

K-100 auditorium at the Main Campus of the Texas Department of State Health Services,1100 West 49th Street, Austin, Texas 78756.


All persons attending the webinar MUST register. If multiple persons are viewing at one site, everyone must individually register.

This presentation will discuss the impact of Affordable Care Act, and provisions impacting newborn screening programs as well as children with genetic disorders. New opportunities under the Affordable Care Act may benefit these populations; although gaps may continue to exist. Sources of information for public health professionals and clinicians on the Affordable Care Act implementations in Texas will be discussed.

Meg Comeau, MHA
Meg is currently the co-principal investigator of the Catalyst Center at the Boston University School of Public Health, an MCHB-funded national technical assistance and research center dedicated to providing support to states and stakeholder groups on health care coverage and financing policy for children with special health care needs. Meg’s policy analysis work has focused on the role of Medicaid in serving children with disabilities, the implications of federal health care reform for children with a broad spectrum of special health care needs and the causes and consequences of financial hardship among families raising children with special health care needs. In addition to her work leading the Catalyst Center team, Meg serves as a member of the Leadership Circle for the Institute for Professionalism and Ethical Practice at Boston Children’s Hospital and as a faculty member for its Program to Enhance Relational and Communication Skills.

System Requirements:

PC-based attendees
Required: Windows® 8, 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server

Mac®-based attendees
Required: Mac OS® X 10.6 or newer

Mobile attendees
Required: iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ phone or Android tablet

Space is limited:

Reserve your Webinar seat now at:

Evaluations will be sent after the webinar.


Please email Tasha Reese at or call 512-776-2682.

The latest Annual Report from TX Early Hearing Detection & Intervention is now available.

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 April 16, 2014