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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

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.

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 Program Advisory Committee Meetings


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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 & Hemophilia Programs
Learn more about the services we have for people with Sickle Cell Disease and Hemophilia through these programs.


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.