The Louisiana Genetics Diseases Program

The Louisiana Department of Health’s Bureau of Family Health runs several programs that focus on genetic diseases and their impact on babies, children, and families. These programs are grouped together within the Louisiana Genetic Diseases Program. Together, they work to make sure that people know if they or their children have a genetic disease as early in life as possible and that people with genetic disorders get the treatment, information, and other services they need. Program activities include:

  • Newborn heel stick screening and follow-up for all children born in Louisiana
  • Genetics lab testing
  • Genetic evaluation and counseling available at clinics across the state
  • Specialized Sickle Cell Clinics available in each region of the state
  • Referral of cases into specialized medical care


News and Updates

Use the links below to stay up to date on the latest news and updates from the Genetics Diseases Program.


Genetic Diseases Boards and Commissions

The Bureau of Family Health currently supports 16 key boards, commissions, and councils that focus on family health in Louisiana. Each of these groups works to assess emerging health concerns, identify opportunities for improvement, and recommend strategies to make Louisiana a healthier place to live, learn, grow, and work. Three of these groups focus on genetic diseases in Louisiana:

  • Louisiana Sickle Cell Commission
  • Rare Disease Advisory Council
  • Genetic Disease Program Advisory Committee

For more information, please visit the Family Health Boards and Commissions page.


Sickle Cell Disease Program

Sickle cell disease (SCD) is a group of inherited red blood cell disorders. In someone who has SCD, the hemoglobin in red blood cells is abnormal, which causes the red blood cells to become hard and sticky and look like a C-shaped farm tool called a “sickle.” The sickle cells die early, which causes a constant shortage of red blood cells. Also, when they travel through small blood vessels, they get stuck and clog the blood flow. This can cause pain and other serious complications (health problems) such as infection, acute chest syndrome, and stroke. 

To learn more about sickle cell disease in Louisiana, please visit the Sickle Cell Disease Program page


Hemophilia Program

The Hemophilia program works to ensure that patients with hemophilia receive quality medical care that is not compromised by the high financial burden associated with this disease. 

Patients in this program can receive services through the Office of Public Health Pharmacy Services Program.

Louisiana Comprehensive Hemophilia Care Center is a partner in this program.

The Louisiana Comprehensive Hemophilia Care Center
1460 Tulane Ave.
Campus Mail Box TB-31
New Orleans, LA 70112

Kathleen M. Kozar


Krabbe Disease

Krabbe Disease (also known as Globoid Cell Leukodystrophy) is an inherited disorder that destroys the protective coating of nerve cells in the brain and throughout the nervous system. Krabbe Disease is not included on the newborn screening panel, but you can click here to learn more about the disease and find out who to call to request a screening.


Learn More 

About Us 
Learn more about what we do, how we're funded, and how to contact us. 


Newborn Screening Program
The statewide newborn blood test (heel stick screening) program tests all children born in Louisiana with genetic or metabolic disorders. 


Genetics Clinical Services 
These clinics provide medical services and referrals for people and families who have genetic disorders or may be at risk for them.


Sickle Cell Disease Program
Learn more about the services we have for people with Sickle Cell Disease through this program.


Data Center
View our fact sheets and data reports, and download our data request form.


Our Partners
Learn more about other programs within the Bureau of Family Health.