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.

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.


Dynamic newborn screening systems have access to and utilize accurate, relevant information to achieve and maintain excellence through continuous quality improvement.


To achieve the highest quality for newborn screening systems by providing relevant, accurate tools and resources and to facilitate collaboration between state programs and other newborn screening partners.

Association of Public Health Laboratories
Funke Akinsola, MPH
Erin Darby
Senior Specialist
Erin Darby, MPH, MCHES
Hiral Desai, MS
Senior Specialist
Sari Edelman, MPH
Senior Specialist, New Disorders
Kshea Hale, MPH
Chenelle Norman
Baby Chenelle Norman
Chenelle Norman, MPH
Trey Pigg
Baby Trey
Senior Specialist
Trey Pigg
Jelili Ojodu, MPH
Senior Specialist
Ruthanne Sheller, MPH
Deputy Director
Sikha Singh, MHS, PMP
Kayana Walters
Baby Kayana
Kayana Walters, MPH
Careema Yusuf, MPH
Guisou Zarbalian, MS, MPH
Colorado School of Public Health
Associate Director, NewSTEPs 360 | Program Evaluator, NewSTEPs
Yvonne Kellar-Guenther, PhD
Project Manager, NewSTEPs 360
Sarah McKasson, MPH
Research Instructor, Epidemiology
Joshua Miller, MPH
Director, NewSTEPs 360 | Associate Director, NewSTEPs
Marci Sontag, PhD

NewSTEPs Governance Chart

  • Committee
  • Partners
  • Program/CoAg
  • Workgroup
  • Sub-awardees
  • Toolkit
  • Taskforce
  • * Represented by both NewSTEPs & NBS and Genetics
  • ** Directed by the Colorado School of Public Health with oversight from the NewSTEPs Steering Committee