WHAT IS THE WESTERN STATES REGIONAL GENETICS NETWORK?

The Western States Regional Genetics Network, formally known as 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 NETWORK?

  • Goal 1: Maintain and strengthen existing partnerships among stakeholders in the Western States Regional Genetics Network 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 Regional Genetics Network stakeholders in translating emerging genomic information into their policies and practices.
  • Goal 5: Disseminate products, findings, and lessons learned.

HOW IS THE NETWORK FUNDED?

The network 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 NETWORK?

Six states and one U.S. territory participate in the network: 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.