Powell appointed to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Advisory Committee on Heritable Disorders in Newborns and Children

Cynthia Powell, MD, professor of pediatrics and genetics, has been appointed to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Advisory Committee on Heritable Disorders in Newborns and Children.

The mission of the Advisory Committee is to reduce morbidity and mortality in newborns and children who have, or are at risk for, heritable disorders.  The Committee advises the Secretary, U.S. DHHS on the most appropriate application of universal newborn screening tests, technologies, policies, guidelines, and standards including which conditions should be added to the Recommended Uniform Screening Panel (RUSP).

The Advisory Committee on Heritable Disorders in Newborns and Children was established under the Public Health Service Act, Title XI, § 1109 (42 U.S.C. 300b-10), as amended by the Newborn Screening Saves Lives Reauthorization Act of 2014 (P.L. 113-240).  The Committee recommends that every state newborn screening program include a Uniform Screening Panel that screens for 34 core disorders and 26 secondary disorders. The Committee utilizes evidence-based reviews of conditions that are nominated to the RUSP that include the potential net benefit of screening, the ability of states to screen for the disorder, and the availability of effective treatments.

In addition, the Committee provides to the Secretary, the following:

  • Advice and recommendations concerning grants and projects authorized awarded or funded related to screening heritable disorders in newborns and children;
  • Technical information to develop Heritable Disorders Program policies and priorities that will enhance the ability of the state and local health agencies to provide screening, counseling and health care services for newborns and children who have or are at risk for heritable disorders; and
  • Recommendations, advice and information to enhance, expand, or improve the ability of the Secretary to reduce mortality and morbidity from heritable disorders in newborns and children.
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