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Congresswoman Joyce Beatty

Representing the 3rd District of Ohio

Beatty Backs National Newborn Screening Awareness Month

Sep 28, 2020

During September our nation observes National Newborn Screening Awareness Month (NNSA), a month-long campaign to raise awareness about the importance of newborn screening and infant health. To mark NNSA, U.S. Congresswoman Joyce Beatty (OH-03) issued the following statement:

“Even when a newborn comes into the world with ten fingers and ten toes, it is critical that newborns be evaluated by medical experts, since not all medical conditions are readily seen. That is why I continue to call for increased funding to help ensure vulnerable Americans and those at high-risk of medical complications have access to prenatal and post-pregnancy healthcare. This is especially important to Central Ohio families.”

While in Congress, Beatty has worked tirelessly with local, state and federal officials to address Central Ohio’s infant mortality crisis. In 2014, her efforts proved critical to securing nearly $4 million in federal funds, and another $1.7 million in 2016, to combat infant mortality in Central Ohio. Moreover, she was recognized for her leadership by Moms2B, a local campaign between The Ohio State University and the City of Columbus dedicated to tackling the infant mortality crisis in Ohio’s Third Congressional District.

Newborn Screening Awareness Month is organized by Baby’s First Test. For more information on National New Born Screening Awareness Month and newborn screening, please visit Baby's First Test website. Also, be sure to join the conversation online by using #2020NBS.