WHAT IS THE WESTERN STATES GENETIC SERVICES COLLABORATIVE?

The Western States Genetic Services Collaborative is a federally-funded project that seeks to improve individual and family health throughout the life course. By working together as a region to increase access to and reduce disparities in newborn screening and clinical genetic and genomic services, the participating states/territory seek to improve the health of individuals with or at risk for heritable disorders.

WHAT ARE THE GOALS OF THE COLLABORATIVE?

  • Goal 1: Maintain and strengthen existing partnerships among stakeholders in the Western States Genetic Services Collaborative region while cultivating relevant new partnerships to improve individual and family health throughout the life course.
  • Goal 2: Improve access to and reduce disparities in clinical genetic and genomic services, in the context of a patient-centered medical home, for individuals with or at risk for heritable disorders.
  • Goal 3: Increase the capacity of states’ and territory’s public health agencies to perform genetics and genomics-related assessment, policy, and assurance functions.
  • Goa1 4: Assist Western States Genetic Services Collaborative stakeholders in translating emerging genomic information into their policies and practices.
  • Goal 5: Disseminate products, findings, and lessons learned.

HOW IS THE COLLABORATIVE FUNDED?

The collaborative is funded through a grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Children with Special Health Needs Program, Genetic Services Branch.

WHICH STATES ARE INVOLVED IN THE COLLABORATIVE?

Six states and one U.S. territory participate in the collaborative: Alaska, California, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. If you would like to learn more about the participating states and territory, go to State Information.