Public Health Genomics Program

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



Winter 2014 - MDHHS Genomics featured in three public health genomics video tools and resources. 
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Genetics to Genomics Curriculum for Teachers

Michigan Cancer Genetics Alliance 

Region 4 Genetics Collaborative 


 See publications and presentations… 

 View documents and resource materials: 



Babies with Birth Defects: Referral Guide for Michigan Hospitals 

Informed Consent for Genetic Testing:
- Brochure with Consent Form

- Consent Form Only

Birth Defects and Genetic Conditions: Resources for Michigan Families and Professionals ( Toolkit) 

Look and Feel Your Best
with Folic Acid

Birth Defects Prevention Month 2013 

Michigan Genetic Counseling Services 

Family History and Your
Health Newsletters

Michigan Monitor Summer 2007 
(Birth Defects Newsletter) 

Family History Fact Cards  - English

Preventing Birth Defects 

Family History Fact Cards - Arabic 


Family History Fact Cards - Spanish 


Family History Poster 

Resources for Families of Infants and Toddlers with Special Health Needs 

Genetic Syndrome Fact Sheets 

Special Care for Special Kids:
Guide for Michigan Families

Genetics and Young Children
with Hearing Loss

State Genetics Plan Executive Summary 

Guide to Genetics Referral 


Michigan Monitor Winter 2013 
(Birth Defects Newsletter

Teens with Diabetes Fact Card 

National Links   

2010 State Public Health Genomics Resource Guide 

Order materials 

Contact us: 
Genetics Information Line 1-866-852-1247

Genomics and Genetic Disorders Section
Lifecourse Epidemiology and Genomics Division 
P.O. Box 30195
333 S. Grand Avenue
Lansing, Michigan  48909-30195 

Staff Directory  

*The word GENOMICS refers to the functions and interactions of all the genes in the genome, including the interaction with environmental factors.  GENETICS is the science of heredity and the study of single genes in the genome. 

Last updated 01/15