Newborn screening began in the United States in 1963 when Massachusetts began a program that screened for phenylketonuria (PKU). Now, 50 years later, there are newborn screening tests for over 30 treatable conditions, and newborn screening leads to treatment and early intervention for thousands of babies every year. Newborn screening is so important that it was named one of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s Ten Great Public Health Achievements in the United States, 2001-2010.
Traditionally, the gift for a 50th Anniversary is something gold. For the 50th Anniversary of Newborn Screening, IDF joins with Baby’s First Test and organizations throughout the country to say, “Be Bold, Wear Gold.” This campaign is designed to bring together the newborn screening community to show their support for and raise awareness about this invaluable resource by wearing the color gold. To find out how you can participate in the campaign, please visit the website at http://www.babysfirsttest.org/newborn-screening/be-bold-wear-gold-campaign
IDF appreciates the work of newborn screening organizations that have partnered with us to provide information on newborn screening for SCID and educate the larger community about this essential screening test. Happy Anniversary and Happy Newborn Screening Awareness Month!