Hello, NERGG Colleagues!
Website Re-Launch: Please check out our updated website at http://nergg.org. I think that you’ll find it welcoming and easy to navigate. Thank you to NERGG‘s Website Committee and consultant Jean Alexander for their hard work and creativity. It’s a work-in-progress, so there is still more to be done. If you have questions or suggestions, please let me know.
Annual Educational Conference: In place of our traditional in-person conference, we will be hosting a virtual online event to deliver timely information about genetic conditions for families, providers, and advocates. We are just in the planning stages, but we will offer this event over the course of two days, December 3 and 4, 2020. Each day will be about four hours in length. Stay tuned for further information.
JULY 15 webinar on Gaucher Type 1
Sanofi Genzyme cordially invites you to a discussion entitled:
Don’t Wait: Help Prevent Progression of Gaucher Disease Type 1
Linda Spencer, NP
Pediatric NP, Genetics Children’s Hospital of Michigan
Wednesday, July 15, 2020 at 1:00 PM EDT
Click on the link below to register for this virtual event: URL:
Those are my brief announcements for now. Stay well and please do keep in touch!
Hello, NERGG Colleagues!
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NEWBORN SCREENING AND COVID-19 WEBINAR MAY 21, 2020
A national webinar on Newborn Screening COVID-19 Challenges and Response will take place on Thursday, May 21 from 2:00 pm- 3:30 pm ET. The Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL) is co-hosting this webinar with the National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management (NCHAM). This will be set-up as a listening session with a panel of newborn screening experts discussing challenges, barriers and solutions to dried blood spot and hearing screening as well as the family engagement perspective during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in the United States.
Please confirm your availability to participate by registering for this free webinar here: aphl.zoom.us/meeting/register/…
Share any questions that you may have for the panelists via email with Sikha Singh at Sikha.Singh@aphl.org. These questions will be posed to the panelists during the webinar and may include, but are not limited to, discussion around solutions to newborn screening follow-up, telehealth, education, laboratory practice, system backlogs and more in dried blood spot and point of care newborn screening.
NERGG WEBSITE and JOB POSTINGS
With the assistance of a website consultant and an enthusiastic Website Committee, we are updating the NERGG website; stay tuned for a roll-out of the new site in the coming months. We will also be re-energizing our presence on social media. Please keep the NERGG website in mind when your organization wishes to advertise job postings. The cost is $150 for up to one month, and ads can be renewed as often as is necessary.
ANNUAL EDUCATIONAL CONFERENCE
Optimistic view: Save the dates of December 3 and 4, 2020 for the annual conference at the Sheraton Portsmouth Harborside in New Hampshire. We have the venue reserved and will soon be convening the Planning Committee.
Realistic view: It’s difficult to tell what the future of in-person meetings will be. Additionally, some attendees may not be able to travel to out-of-state meetings for a while, given the impact of the pandemic on budgets. Many organizations are turning to virtual conferences, which might be an option for NERGG. If any of you attend a day-long virtual event that you think was particularly well-run, please let me know. I’d love to contact the organizers and learn from their experience.
SPONSORS AND EXHIBITORS
I’d like to offer a word of thanks to sponsors, exhibitors, and allied organizations who have supported NERGG in the past and who have reached out to me during this time of isolation. Several of them have offered to collaborate on webinars and to continue to support NERGG in any way they can. We truly are all in this together.
Cynthia L. Ingham, RN, BSN