Who We Are
Over 40 University of Massachusetts Medical School employees come to work every day to help ensure that a joyful birth announcement is not followed by heartbreak two weeks later. The dedication and daily focus of these professionals assure the worldwide reputation of the New England Newborn Screening Program, located in Jamaica Plain, which has been operating under the UMass Medical School since July 1, 1997.
The New England Newborn Screening Program is a comprehensive public health screening program for newborns, providing service for five New England states. The program provides high quality, timely, low-cost laboratory screening, clinical follow-up and research to prevent or minimize the effects of disorders that can lead to death, mental retardation and life-compromising conditions in newborns.
Serving Massachusetts since 1962, the population served by the Program was expanded in 1978 when state public health departments in New England joined together to have all newborns tested. The Program provides screening for newborns in the states of Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont - about 500 babies every day.
The New England Newborn Screening Program employs over a dozen laboratory technicians and five technical supervisors, all highly trained, all of whom meet federal Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) regulations for high complexity testing . Clinical follow-up, data management and office staff assure continuity of flow for quality-controlled data from the hospitals through to results reporting. In addition, three Ph.D.s and three M.D.s assure quality analysis of the laboratory technology, testing algorithms, and treatment protocols and provide support to the medical community, who welcome accurate information about the rare disorders included in newborn screening.