Our Mission

To provide leading newborn screening education to ensure every well newborn around the globe is accurately screened prior to discharge.

Joint Venture

The Newborn Screening Education project is a joint venture between the Virginia Department of Health, the University of Virginia Office of Continuing Medical Education and Scitent to provide healthcare professionals and institutions nationwide with certified continuing medical education opportunities to ensure that every well newborn is accurately screened prior to discharge from the hospital.

Patient safety, patient satisfaction, nurse competency, and budget concerns at hospitals and heath systems were strong considerations when designing our newborn screening CE.

The mission of the Virginia Department of Health’s Newborn Screening Services is to reduce and prevent disabilities and death resulting from disorders detectable through newborn screening, and to provide for diagnosis, treatment and follow-up genetic services for families at risk.

The Critical Congenital Heart Disease (CCHD) Screening Project was established to provide support and education to healthcare providers to ensure that every well newborn is accurately screened for CCHD with pulse oximetry before discharge.

This project is/was supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number H46MC24062 and title “Genetics Services Project” for grant amount $298,713. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.

Education Partners:

Accreditation

Continuing medical education modules within Newborn Screening Education include:

  • Critical Congenital Heart Disease Screening
  • Newborn Dried Blood-Spot Screening
  • The Medical Home for Healthcare Providers
  • The Medical Home for Youth & Family
  • Healthcare Transition for Healthcare Providers
  • Healthcare Transition for Youth & Family
  • Introduction to Introduction to Virginia’s Early Hearing Detection and Intervention

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Critical Congenital Heart Disease (CCHD) Project Team

This course was created in collaboration with the Virginia Department of Health’s Newborn Screening Services.

CME Project Manager:

  • Kathleen Bunch-Meneses, MS, Program Manager, Continuing Medical Education, University of Virginia School of Medicine

Nursing Content Specialist:

  • Jennifer Macdonald, MPH, BSN, RN, Manager, Newborn Screening & Birth Defects Surveillance Programs Manager at Virginia Department of Health

Lead Nurse Planner:

  • Jann Balmer, PhD, RN, University of Virginia School of Medicine Director, Office of Continuing Medical Education

Planning and Review Committee Members:

  • Elizabeth Bradshaw Mikula, MSN, RN, CPN, Division Vice President of Quality, HCA Healthcare
  • Sarah Manglicmot, BSN, RN, Critical Congenital Heart Disease Screening Project Coordinator, Virginia Department of Health
  • Paul Matherne MD, MBA, Damman Professor of Pediatrics & Co-Associate Medical Officer, University of Virginia Children’s Hospital
  • Kathleen Moline, BSN, MA, RN, Newborn Screening Supervisor, Virginia Department of Health
  • Jonathan Swanson, MD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Chief Quality Officer for Children’s Services, University of Virginia Children’s Hospital
  • Sara Varner, MPH, Epidemiologist, Division of Policy and Evaluation, Virginia Department of Health
  • Katy Mullin, Scitent, Inc.

 

Newborn Dried Blood-Spot (NBS) Project Team

This course was created in collaboration with the Virginia Department of Health’s Newborn Screening Services.

CME Project Manager:

  • Kathleen Bunch-Meneses, MS, Program Manager, Continuing Medical Education, University of Virginia School of Medicine

Nursing Content Specialist:

  • Jennifer Macdonald, MPH, BSN, RN, Manager, Newborn Screening & Birth Defects Surveillance Programs Manager at Virginia Department of Health

Lead Nurse Planner:

  • Jann Balmer, PhD, RN, University of Virginia School of Medicine Director, Office of Continuing Medical Education

Planning and Review Committee Members:

  • Oral Alpan, MD, Chief, Section on Immunopathogenesis, O & O Alpan, LLC, Fairfax, VA
  • Wanda Andrews, BSMT, ASCP, Director, Laboratory Operations, Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services – Virginia
  • Richard Haughton, MA, Principal Scientist, Newborn Screening Group, Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services – Virginia
  • Thomas Hickey, PhD, DABC, Newborn Screening Group Manager, Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services
  • Paul Kaplowitz, MD, PhD, Division Chief, Endocrinology and Diabetes, Children’s National Medical Center, Professor, Pediatrics, George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences
  • Wendy Mallory, BSN, RN, Newborn Screening Nurse, Virginia Department of Health
  • Rinku Mehra, MD, Pediatric Endocrinologist, Children’s National Medical Center
  • Kathleen Moline, BSN, MA, RN, Newborn Screening Supervisor, Virginia Department of Health
  • Katy Mullin, Scitent, Inc.
  • Laura Noonan, MSN, FNP-C, Family Nurse Practitioner – Certified, O & O Alpan, LLC, Fairfax, VA
  • H. Joel Schmidt, MD, Associate Professor, Division of Pulmonary Medicine, Virginia Commonwealth University Health System
  • India J. Sisler, MD, Interim Chief and Assistant Professor, Division of Hematology and Oncology, Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center
  • Samantha Vergano, MD, Attending Physician, Division of Medical Genetics and Metabolism, Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughter/Eastern Virginia Medical School
  • William G. Wilson, MD, Professor, Pediatric Genetics, University of Virginia School of Medicine

 

Virginia Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EDHI) Project Team

CME Project Manager:

  •  Kathleen Bunch-Meneses, MS, Program Manager, Continuing Medical Education, University of Virginia School of Medicine

This course was created by the Virginia Early Detection and Intervention Advisory Committee.

Virginia Early Detection and Intervention Advisory Committee Members: (*denotes VDH Project Leads):

  •  Jennie Dinh Newborn Screening Program Administrator, Virginia Department of Health
  • Jennifer Macdonald*, MPH, BSN, RN – Manager, Newborn Screening & Birth Defects Surveillance Programs Manager at Virginia Department of Health
  • Daphne Miller*, Virginia EHDI Program Coordinator, Virginia Department of Health
  • Deepali Sanghani Virginia EHDI Follow-up Coordinator, Virginia Department of Health
  • Antoinette Vaughan, Follow-up Specialist, Virginia EHDI Program, Virginia Department of Health
  • Kathleen Watts, Virginia EHDI Program Coordinator, Virginia Department of Health

 

Webinar: Out Of Hospital Newborn Critical Congenital Heart Disease Screening

CME Project Manager:

  •  Kathleen Bunch-Meneses, MS, Program Manager, Continuing Medical Education, University of Virginia School of Medicine

 Guest Speakers:

  • Jennifer Macdonald, MPH, BSN, RN – Manager, Newborn Screening & Birth Defects Surveillance Programs Manager at Virginia Department of Health
  • Elizabeth Mikula, MSN, RN – Division Vice President of Quality, HCA Healthcare
  • Degra Nofsinger, BA, CPM – Luna Midwifery
  • Kim Pekin, BS, CPM – Clinical Director, Premier Birth Center Chantilly

 

Medical Home and Healthcare Transition Project Team

Medical Content Specialist:

  • Diane Pappas, MD, Professor of Medicine, University of Virginia School of Medicine, Dept. of Pediatrics

CME Project Manager

  • Kathleen Bunch-Meneses, MSProgram Manager, Continuing Medical Education, University of Virginia School of Medicine

VDH Project Lead:

  • Marcus C. Allen, MPH, Director of Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs, Virginia Dept. of Health, Maternal and Child Health Program

Nursing Content Specialist:

  • Jann Balmer, PhD, RN, Director, University of Virginia School of Medicine, Office of Continuing Medical Education

Lead Nurse Planner:

  • Kathryn Reid, PhD, MSN, RN, FNP-C, CNL  Associate Professor, University of Virginia School of Nursing

Family and Community Content Specialist:

  • Dana Yarbrough, MA, Center for Family Involvement, Partnership for People with Disabilities, Virginia Commonwealth University

Planning Committee Members (in addition to individuals listed above)

  • Shamaree Cromartie, MPH, Virginia Dept. of Health
  • Bethany Geldmaker, PhD PNP, Virginia Dept. of Health
  • Carla Hegwood, MPH, Virginia Dept. of Health
  • Meagan Robinson, DrPH, Virginia Dept. of Health

 

Disclosures

The University of Virginia School of Medicine, as an ACCME accredited provider, and The University of Virginia School of Nursing Continuing Education as an ANCC accredited provider, endorses and strives to comply with the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) Standards of Commercial Support and with the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Content Integrity Standards, Commonwealth of Virginia statutes, University of Virginia policies and procedures, and associated federal and private regulations and guidelines on the need for disclosure and monitoring of proprietary and financial interests that may affect the scientific integrity and balance of content delivered in continuing education activities under our auspices.

The University of Virginia School of Medicine and School of Nursing require that all Continuing Education (CE) activities accredited through this institution be developed independently and be scientifically rigorous, balanced and objective in the presentation/discussion of its content, theories and practices.

All faculty authors participating in an accredited CE activity are expected to disclose relevant financial relationships with commercial entities occurring within the past 12 months (such as grants or research support, employee, consultant, stock holder, member of speakers bureau, etc.). The University of Virginia School of Medicine and School of Nursing will employ appropriate mechanisms to resolve potential conflicts of interest to maintain the standards of fair and balanced education to the participant. Questions about specific strategies can be directed to the Office of Continuing Medical Education, University of Virginia School of Medicine or the University of Virginia School of Nursing Continuing Education, Charlottesville, Virginia.

The individuals involved in the planning and development of content for the modules included on this site have identified no financial affiliations associated with this content.

Disclosure of Discussion of non-FDA approved uses for pharmaceutical products and/or medical devices:

The University of Virginia School of Medicine, as an ACCME-accredited provider, requires that all faculty presenters identify and disclose any off-label uses for pharmaceutical and medical device products. The University of Virginia School of Medicine recommends that each physician fully review all the available data on new products or procedures prior to clinical use.

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