Hearing Laughter. Seeing Smiles. Michigan provides hearing and vision screening FREE of charge to all children in collaboration with local departments of health and school districts. If your child is in school, the screenings begin in kindergarten. If your child is not enrolled in a formal school setting, they can receive the screening at your local health department.
Newborn Screening is a public health program required by Michigan law to find babies with rare but serious disorders that require early treatment. All babies need to be tested in order to find the small number who look healthy but have a rare medical condition. Babies with these conditions seem healthy at birth but can become very sick in a short time.
The Michigan Department of Community Health has implemented statewide screening of all Michigan newborns for critical congenital heart disease prior to hospital discharge. Congenital heart defects are the most common group of birth defects in newborns. See this website for information and resources for families and providers.
The Baby's First Test mobile app serves as a quick reference guide for health professionals, state public health programs, families, and any other individuals or groups looking for the latest newborn screening information at their fingertips. The mobile app allows users to easily search for condition-specific information, including causes, treatment, and family experiences, as well as review newborn screening information in their state, including conditions found on each state's newborn screening panel. By saving users most common searches, the mobile app allows users to navigate and search with ease, giving busy professionals and families the right information at the right time without any of the hassle.
The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD)
website provides a broad range of health information, including information on hearing screening and medical devices, a resource guide and directory of organizations. The website also provides information for researchers, including funding.
The Michigan Early Hearing Detection & Intervention (EHDI) Program's goal is to provide for better outcomes for Michigan newborns and young children with hearing loss and their families through early screening, appropriate diagnosis and intervention, monitoring, personnel development, and increasing public awareness.
The BioTrust is a program to oversee our state's stored blood spots and their use in health research. After newborn screening is performed at the state laboratory, any unused blood spots (including parts of blood spots) are stored indefinitely (forever) unless a parent or grown child (18 years or older) opts-out. Please explore this website to learn more!