Who We Are
The New England Newborn Screening Program helps prevent treatable disorders through early detection. The program started in 1962 in Massachusetts, screening for just one disease. Since that time, the number of treatable disorders in the program has increased, and newborn screening has been adopted worldwide as a routine standard of care.
Why Screen Newborns
Most babies, including those with disorders, appear healthy at birth. Routine screening of newborn babies can help doctors identify and treat certain disorders that are not apparent at birth but can become severe later on.
We Turned 50!
The Massachusetts newborn screening program celebrates its 50th anniversary. We are a public health success story that has touched the lives of nearly every person born in Massachusetts over the past five decades.
Additional information and stories on the 50th anniversary of the New England Newborn Screening Program.