Early Check: Pathways of Awareness
The Early Check study offers free expanded newborn screening for Fragile X syndrome and spinal muscular atrophy to all pregnant women in North Carolina that sign up between 13 weeks gestation and four weeks postpartum. Disseminating information to the public about the Early Check program is imperative to its success in identifying affected children and connecting them with the resources needed for early intervention. This project was undertaken with the goal of increasing the knowledge of OB/GYN providers and their ancillary staff regarding Early Check to enable them to answer patient questions about the program. OB/GYN practices in nine counties of North Carolina were contacted via phone and email for participation in brief education sessions about Early Check. Of 42 practices contacted, ten responses were received with seven practices participating in education sessions and eight practices agreeing to disseminate flyers to their patients. Outreach to OB/GYN practices was minimally successful, but the effects of collaboration with the small number of participants were significant. This intervention alone has the potential to reach more than 8,000 women each year. Collaborating with OB/GYN practices shows promise for current and future health initiative information dissemination targeted to pregnant and newly postpartum women.
Jessup, Joy. (April 2020). Early Check: Pathways of Awareness (DNP Scholarly Project, East Carolina University). Retrieved from the Scholarship. (http://hdl.handle.net/10342/8402.)
Jessup, Joy. Early Check: Pathways of Awareness. DNP Scholarly Project. East Carolina University, April 2020. The Scholarship. http://hdl.handle.net/10342/8402. April 17, 2021.
Jessup, Joy, “Early Check: Pathways of Awareness” (DNP Scholarly Project., East Carolina University, April 2020).
Jessup, Joy. Early Check: Pathways of Awareness [DNP Scholarly Project]. Greenville, NC: East Carolina University; April 2020.