Commonwealth of Massachusetts
A Proclamation
His Excellency Governor Deval L. Patrick

Whereas In 1963, Massachusetts became the first state in the nation to mandate newborn screening for genetic disorders; and

Whereas These disorders, if undetected, can lead to death, developmental disabilities and life-compromising conditions in newborns; and

Whereas The Massachusetts Newborn Screening Program was the first such newborn screening program instituted in the United States; and

Whereas The Program has for 51 years provided high-quality, timely laboratory screening, clinical follow-up and research to prevent or minimize the effects of genetic disorders in infants in Massachusetts; and

Whereas The staff of the New England Newborn Screening Program has shown incredible dedication and helped advance the science of newborn screening around the world; and

Whereas The New England Newborn Screening Program is an extraordinarily effective partnership between the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, the University of Massachusetts Medical School and birthing hospitals across New England; and

Whereas The Commonwealth of Massachusetts recognizes the benefits that newborn screening plays in improving the quality of life for the Commonwealth’s most vulnerable residents,

Now, Therefore, I, Deval L. Patrick, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim December 9-16th, 2013, to be,

NEWBORN SCREENING AWARENESS WEEK

And urge all the citizens of the Commonwealth to take cognizance of this event and participate fittingly in its observance.

Given at the Executive Chamber in Boston, this twenty-sixth day of November, in the year two thousand and thirteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the two hundred and thirty-seventh.

By His Excellency

Deval L. Patrick
Governor of the Commonwealth

William Francis Galvin
Secretary of the Commonwealth

God Save the Commonwealth of Massachusetts