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10/09/2023  |   8:30 AM - 9:45 AM   |  Courtroom

Advancing CMV Education and Testing: Reflections on a Decade of Progress

Abstract Summary

In 2013, Utah made history as the first state in the nation to implement CMV legislation. Over the past decade, the Utah Public Health Initiative has witnessed remarkable progress. There has been a notable increase in awareness regarding the risks of CMV during pregnancy, widespread recognition of the importance of early congenital CMV testing, and continuous improvements to the testing process, benefiting both healthcare providers and families. More importantly, though, these advancements have not been limited to Utah alone; they have also extended across the United States and Canada. While there is still progress to be made, every small step forward holds significance. Let us come together to appreciate and celebrate the incredible achievements of this past decade!

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the evolution and impact of Utah's CMV testing program over the last 10 years
  • Cite advancements in legislation and progress around CMV both inside and outside the United States
  • Identify examples of how what may not seem like progress, actually is

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Stephanie Browning McVicar | Primary Presenter

smcvicar@utah.gov;
Dr. Stephanie Browning McVicar is the Director of the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Program, the Children’s Hearing Aid Program, and the Cytomegalovirus (CMV) Public Education & Testing Program at the Utah Department of Health & Human Services. Dr. McVicar is an audiologist with expertise in infants and pediatrics, an advocate for CMV testing in newborns, and passionate about the prevention of congenital CMV infection. She is originally from Western New York and has extensive experience and knowledge in Audiology and the management of health care programs.

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