The Genomics and Genetic Disorders Section provides assessment, policy development, and assurance related to newborn screening, birth defects, genetic disorders, and the use of genomics* in public health programs. Our mission is to:
- Facilitate early identification and treatment of individuals with birth defects, heritable disorders and genetic susceptibilities throughout the lifecycle;
- Coordinate educational activities that increase genetic literacy; and
- Foster collaboration to integrate advances in genomic science throughout public health and other systems of care
The Section is responsible for implementing the State Genetics Plan in collaboration with local, state and national partners. It also conducts newborn screening follow-up and provides support for a statewide network of genetic diagnosis and counseling services. The Genetics Resource Center includes directories of genetic service providers, state genetic support groups, and event calendar along with information on birth defects prevention, resources for families, and the role of family history in complex chronic diseases.