UNH leads project on newborn heart screening

Associated Press Published: November 13, 2012
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DURHAM, N.H. (AP) — The University of New Hampshire is using a three-year, $900,000 federal grant to address regional gaps in newborn screening for heart disease.

The UNH Institute on Disability was awarded the grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to address the challenges of implementing newborn screening for critical congenital heart disease in New England. Officials say those challenges include staffing limitations at public health agencies and birthing facilities, as well as the wide geographic distribution of birthing facilities across the region.

The project's goals include enhancing connections between state public health departments and hospitals and making sure that families have access to diagnostic and treatment services regardless of how far away they live from major cities.