2017 Conference

Date:  Friday, August 18, 2017
Location:  Embassy Suites Hotel Downtown Montgomery

The Alabama Newborn Screening Program, established in 1964, ensures that state laws, rules, and regulations mandating newborn screening are carried out. What is Newborn Screening? In Alabama, all newborns are screened for some rare but serious disorders before they leave the hospital. These inherited disorders can lead to death, mental retardation, or physical disability if not identified early. However, early identification through newborn screening can help prevent death and result in normal growth and development. Babies with these conditions may look healthy at birth and have no family history of problems.

The program establishes protocol to ensure early identification and follow-up of infants affected with certain genetic or metabolic conditions.  Early diagnosis reduces morbidity, premature death, mental retardation, and other developmental disabilities.  The program works in partnership with pediatric specialists throughout the state to ensure all babies identified with abnormal results receive appropriate follow-up.

The University of South Alabama  Center for Continuing Education is pleased to provide conference management and registration support for this conference.



Event Details

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Download a Paper Registration Form

Early Registration extended through August 4, 2017
Conference Attendee - $50
Exhibitor - $250

For group registrations please call (251) 460-7200
(M - F, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm)

Registrations received after August 4, 2017
Conference attendee $65
Exhibitor $300  

Contact us for assistance:
By phone:  (251) 460-7200 
Via Email:  usactrforconted@southalabama.edu

Cancellation Policy:
No refunds will be given after July 31, 2017.  Substitutions are permitted prior to August 11, 2017.  Refunds processed prior to July 31 will be the registration fee minus any applicable processing fees.


Friday, August 18, 2017

Embassy Suites Hotel Montgomery
(see parking information below)

7:00 am - Registration & breakfast

8:00 am - Welcome

8:15 am - Regional Care Organizations                                                               Carolyn Miller, LICSW, PIP 

9:00 am - MythBusters: Universal Newborn Hearing Screening                           Alisha L. Jones, AuD, PhD, CCC-A          

9:45 am - Morning Break

10:00 am - Newborn Screening for X-Linked Adrenoleukodystrophy  
                   Ann B. Moser, BA

10:45 am - Metabolic Newborn Screening Disorders
                  S. Lane Rutledge, MD

11:30 am - Cystic Fibrosis
                  Hector Gutierrez, MD

12:00 pm - Lunch & Specimen Quality Awards Presentations                                Rachael Montgomery, BSN, RN

12:45 pm - Congenital Cytomegalovirus
                   Karen Fowler, PhD

1:30 pm - Severe Combined Immunodeficiency Disease (SCID)
                Prescott Atkinson, MD

2:15 pm - Afternoon Break

2:30 pm - Family Panel Presentation

4:30 pm - Evaluations & Adjournment

Continuing Education Hours 

Contact hours for nurses and social workers have been requested. Approval is pending.

The Alabama Department of Public Health is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Alabama State Nurses Association, an accredited approver of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

The Alabama Department of Public Health is an approved provider of continuing social work education by the Alabama Board of Social Work Examiners.

Self parking is available at the hotel, the cost is approximately $8.  In addition, the City of Montgomery has two parking decks near by, one on Coosa Street and the other on Commerce Street.  The cost is approximately $6.


Speaker Bio's

Prescott Atkinson, MD
Severe Combined Immunodeficiency Disease

Karen Fowler, PhD
Congenital Cytomegalovirus

Hector Gutierrez, MD
Cystic Fibrosis

 Alisha L. Jones, AuD, PhD, CCC-A
Newborn Hearing Screening

Carolyn Miller, LICSW, PIP
Regional Care Organizations (RCO)

Ann Moser, BA
X-Linked Adrenoleukodystrophy (X-ALD)

S. Lane Rutledge, MD

Metabolic Newborn Screening Disorders






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