The Meharry Sickle Cell Center (MSCC) houses the Confirmatory and Reference Laboratory for Hemoglobinopathies for the State of Tennessee Newborn Screening Program. Every year the MSCC receives blood samples from all over the state for confirmation or diagnosis of a variety of hemoglobinopathies. In the Middle Tennessee region, after the final diagnosis has been made, a nurse contacts the affected family for follow-up care with a pediatric hematologist knowledgeable in treating these disorders. If the family has a pediatrician in place, the MSCC assists in integrating health care between the pediatric hematologist and the family pediatrician. Adults affected with hemoglobin disorders can seek health care from the on-site adult hematologist at the Nashville General Hospital-Adult Sickle Cell Clinic. The MSCC also provides counseling, and education to affected families in the region, and participates in numerous community screenings for sickle cell and other hemoglobin traits throughout the year.