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Request for Proposal (RFP) - Family Based Organization Newborn Hearing Mentorship Services Grant

The Alabama Newborn Screening Program is currently accepting grant proposals to develop and maintain active family engagement and leadership efforts for families of children identified through newborn hearing screening who are deaf or hard of hearing. The Universal Newborn Hearing Screening and Intervention project is funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HRSA), Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Division of Services for Children with Special Health Care Needs, HRSA-17-059.

The purpose of this funding is to provide mentorship and leadership skills and support services to families with hearing loss children, as well as to provide the opportunity to engage families in the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) system. Funding for this grant will be awarded on a competitive basis. Grant applications are due on Monday, October 29, 2018, by no later than 3:00 p.m., CST. Please see the RFP and budget template to apply. 

Alabama Hospitals Recognized

Congratulations to the following hospitals for their outstanding effort in newborn screening specimen collection. They had no unsatisfactory newborn screening specimens during the months shown below. Their efforts set the gold standard for other facilities participating in newborn screening across the state.

July 2018

  •  D.W. McMillan Hospital 

The following hospitals are also recognized for meeting the Alabama Newborn Screening Program's state goal by submitting at least 95% satisfactory newborn screening specimens for the months shown.

July 2018

  • Baptist Medical Center South
  • Helen Keller Memorial Hospital
  • Huntsville Hospital
  • Russell Medical Center
  • UAB Hospital

Newborn Screening Mobile Applications Available

There are several free mobile applications available for newborn screening providers and parents. One app available for medical providers is through the American College of Medical Genetics (ACMG). This app allows users to access ACT Sheets, which provide short term actions a health care provider should follow in communicating with the family and determining the appropriate steps in the follow-up of an infant with a positive newborn screening result.

Another new mobile app is available and provided as a free service by Children's Healthcare of Atlanta to aid health care professionals in screening for critical congenital heart disease. A website version of this application is available at Pulse Ox Tool. The algorithm in this application is used under a license granted by the American Academy of Pediatrics and was recommended by Kemper et al. in "Strategies for Implementing Screening for Critical Congenital Heart Disease." (Pediatrics.2011;128(5):e1259-67). This is the same algorithm recommended in Alabama and found in the Hospital Guidelines for Implementing Pulse Oximetry Screening for Critical Congenital Heart Disease. These general clinical guidelines are provided for use by healthcare professionals in evaluating treatment options. They are not a substitute for individual professional judgment.Grayson Ethridge

Family Highlight: Newborn Screening Saved My Baby's Life

First time parents Kyle and Leslie Ethridge had an uneventful pregnancy and birth of their first child Grayson in December 2012. Grayson was evaluated by his pediatrician after delivery, and the new parents were told everything was fine. The night before they were scheduled to leave the hospital the nurse took Grayson for routine vital signs and also performed the pulse oximetry screen, which revealed a 97% oxygen saturation in his right hand and a 87% oxygen saturation in his foot.

Grayson was quickly transferred to Baptist Medical Center South and then flown to Birmingham for open heart surgery. He was diagnosed with ventricular/atrial septal defect and an interrupted aortic arch. Grayson sees a pediatric cardiologist on a regular basis and has had superb news every visit. According to Mrs. Ethridge, "Family, friends, and faith kept us sane during this trial. We have come out stronger and are very proactive in raising awareness for pulse ox screening to detect congenital heart defects. Newborn screening saved my baby's life."

2017 Alabama Newborn Screening Conference

The 2017 Alabama Newborn Screening Conference was held August 18, 2017 at the Embassy Suites Montgomery Hotel and Conference Center. There were more than 200 participants including pediatric providers, nurses, laboratory technicians, parent advocates, and audiologists. We appreciate all speakers and attendees for making it a huge success.

If you were unable to attend or would like to review any information, presentations for the 2017 Alabama Newborn Screening Conference are available through the Alabama Public Health Training Network.

Additional presentations can be viewed for earlier conferences:
2011 Newborn Screening Conference - Family Perspectives
2015 Newborn Screening Conference

Newborn Screening Newsletters

Although there are no new issues available, you may view all past issues of the Newborn Screening Newsletter.

Page last updated: October 11, 2018