University of Michigan Gateway Ford School

Newborn Screening State Policy Implementation

Peter Jacobson, School of Public Health, University of Michigan
Pamela J. Clouser McCann, School of Public Health, University of Michigan

A CLOSUP Major Projects Program (FY 2007) award.

Abstract:
Each year 4 million babies undergo newborn screening in the United States. This process is currently regulated by state statutes. Recent scientific innovations have led to the adaptation of existing policies. The purpose of this study is to understand the influence of institutional and organizational factors on the implementation of newborn screening policy. State self-reported data, interviews, and document reviews are used to model the influence of bureaucratic autonomy, past policy changes, laboratory-type, and staffing.

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