About NewSTEPs

The Newborn Screening Technical assistance and Evaluation Program (NewSTEPs) is a national newborn screening resource center designed to provide data, technical assistance, and training to newborn screening programs and assist states with quality improvement initiatives. It functions with the goal of improving outcomes for newborns by facilitating newborn screening initiatives and programmatic outcomes to improve the overall quality of the newborn screening system.


of the nearly four million newborns born in the United States each year are screened by public health laboratories for various genetic disorders.

Newborn screening is a state public health service intended to identify individuals in a population who may be at an increased risk of a certain disorder. It is recognized as the largest and most successful disease prevention system in the United States and saves or improves the lives of over 12,000 babies a year.


All babies have a healthier start through newborn screening in the US and globally.


Driving global NBS systems to excellence by shaping policy, promoting data- driven improvements, and pursuing innovations in public health lab practice.


Association of Public Health Laboratories

Senior Specialist Funke Akinsola, MPH oluwafunke.akinsola@aphl.org
Senior Specialist Ashley Comer ashley.comer@aphl.org
Erin Darby
Senior Specialist Erin Darby, MPH, MCHES erin.darby@aphl.org
Senior Specialist, New Disorders Kshea Hale, MPH kshea.hale@aphl.org
Chenelle Norman
Manager Chenelle Norman, MPH chenelle.norman@aphl.org
Director Jelili Ojodu, MPH jelili.ojodu@aphl.org
Manager, NewSTEPs Data Sarah McKasson Sarah.McKasson@aphl.org
Specialist Dara Plath dara.plath@aphl.org
Manager, NewSTEPs Ruthanne Sheller, MPH ruthanne.sheller@aphl.org
Deputy Director Sikha Singh, MHS, PMP sikha.singh@aphl.org
Senior Specialist, Bioinformatics Courtney Sumby Courtney.Sumby@aphl.org
Data Sr. Specialist Cole Thompson john.thompson@aphl.org
Manager Guisou Zarbalian, MS, MPH guisou.zarbalian@aphl.org