About Us - Project Information
The Screening, Technology And Research in Genetics (STAR-G) Project began as a multi-state collaborative effort, led by the Hawai‘i Department of Health, to obtain research data, identify strategies, and develop materials for addressing the financial, ethical, legal, and social issues (FELSI) surrounding the use of MS/MS for neonatal metabolic screening of culturally and ethnically diverse populations. The project was funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) through a Special Projects of Regional and National Significance (SPRANS) grant. The STAR-G Project officially ended in 2004, but the Hawai‘i Department of Health continues to maintain and update the STAR-G website and parent fact sheets.
The states (Alaska, California, Hawai‘i, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington) which participated in this project represent three newborn screening models present in the country. California and Washington provide laboratory testing and follow-up services for only their own state. Alaska, Hawai‘i, and Idaho contract their newborn screening laboratory services to a regional laboratory (Oregon Public Health Laboratory), but their state programs perform the follow-up services. Oregon, not only does its own laboratory testing and follow-up services for its own state, but contracts as a regional laboratory for other states.
At the start of the project, we performed needs assessments of program stakeholders to determine their needs surrounding expanded newborn screening using MS/MS. The results of the needs assessments were reviewed by the project Advisory Committee and prioritized. The final list of needs were:
- Research parents' attitudes about the ethical, social and educational issues surrounding expanded newborn screening including screening for late on-set disorders.
- Develop educational materials using community-based research data to meet the needs of parents and maximize effectiveness of newborn screening education.
- Research and evaluate the cost of active informed consent and parental attitudes towards informed consent.
- Develop educational tools for state programs to use.
Following the national guidelines for children with special health needs, the project collaborators made an effort to ensure that all project activities were family centered, community based and coordinate with current systems of care. Our activities included:
- Convening focus groups of mothers to discuss the financial, ethical, legal and social issues surrounding expanded newborn screening.
- Surveying parents about newborn screening educational materials.
- Developing disorder fact sheets for families and health care providers.
- Developing educational tools and guidelines for state newborn screening programs.
- Gathering data and analyzing the cost of active informed consent for expanded newborn screening.
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