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Trainings and Educational Resources For Providers

Since the initiation of the Human Genome Project in 1990, the world has witnessed, unprecedented advances in the fields of genetics and genomics.   The sheer volume of new information now at the disposal of researchers and health-care providers is transforming our understanding of disease processes.   New genetic technologies are impacting the diagnosis and treatment of many common, chronic diseases such as cancer, diabetes, and mental illness and changing the delivery of health care in our state.   The rapid pace of these scientific discoveries on the front end has presented significant challenges for keeping health provider knowledge updated on the back end.

To deal with the challenges described above, the ODH Genetics Program has dedicated this page to promote health professional education and access to information about advances in human genetics.   Click on the links below to learn more about:

 

        1. Webinars and On-Line Courses

Many of these trainings offer continuing education credits for various health professions.

        2. Educational Resources and Print Materials

The educational resources and print materials listed were designed specifically for health providers.  To access genetic related education materials for your patients, many of the materials listed on the Materials and Publications page can be downloaded, printed, or ordered in bulk by contacting the ODH Genetics Program.

        3. Indications for Referral for

    • Preconception and Prenatal Genetic Services
    • Pediatric Genetic Services
    • Inborn Errors of Metabolism
    • Adult Genetic Services
    • Hereditary Cancer Genetic Services

Webinars and On-Line Courses

Integrating Genetics in Your Practice 2013 Webinar Series - Through the Genetics in Primary Care Institute

Discover the importance of genetics for all patients during the Integrating Genetics in Your Practice: What every primary care provider needs to know Webinar Series. This webinar series is a 6-part series that focuses on providing primary care providers with the knowledge and resources to better provide genetic medicine as part of a medical home. These hour-long, educational webinars will highlight the important skills that primary care providers already have and build upon them to provide a comprehensive approach to primary care in which genetic thinking is integrating in every patient encounter.

Screening for Lynch Syndrome and the Role of the Practice Team – Through the Ohio Academy of Family Physicians, Quality Improvement and CME Program

Learn how to identify patients at risk for having Lynch Syndrome; review the clinical guidelines, current screening tests and the importance of family history associated with the diagnosis of Lynch Syndrome.   View this one hour CME approved Webinar archived from the March 26, 2013 live presentation for the PCMH/Leadership Webinar Series - presented by: Heather Hampel, MS, CGC, Associate Director, Division of Human Genetics and Professor, Internal Medicine at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center.   See more at:

 

GENETICS RELATED TRAININGS – Through the Ohio Department of Health 

The following trainings are located on the TRAIN website; the premier learning resource for professionals who protect the public's health.  A free service of the Public Health Foundation, www.train.org is part of the newly expanded TrainingFinder Real-time Affiliate Integrated Network (TRAIN).

 

    • Alcohol Screening and Brief Intervention Training (ASBI)

ASBI stands for Alcohol Screening Brief Intervention. It is a process in which health professionals can screen pregnant participants for alcohol use, provide brief interventions to all who screen positive, follow those receiving brief interventions during pregnancy, and refer them to treatment services. The goal is to educate pregnant women about the dangers of drinking alcohol while pregnant and, in turn, positively influence their decision about reducing or completely ceasing drinking. The four modules run a total of a little over two hours.  To access the four Alcohol Screening and Brief Intervention (ASBI) training modules go to:

https://oh.train.org Course ID: 1044743

    • Cancer Genetics In Your Practice 
      This is a 4-part series for nursing and other health care providers.  It contains up-to-date information about common hereditary cancer syndromes, the cancer risk assessment process and about genetic counseling resources available to patients/families in Ohio.          

https://oh.train.org   course ID # 1032398

 

    • Folic Acid in the Prevention of NTDs

This one module, self-study provides information for nursing and other health care providers interested in improving the preconception and interconception health of women of childbearing age (18-44 years).   It addresses some common risk factors for poor reproductive outcomes with emphasis on the significant role that folic acid plays in the prevention of neural tube defects and the importance of disseminating this information to females of childbearing age.        

https://oh.train.org   course ID #1028507

 

    • Genetics for Health Professionals
      This is a 3 part training for Help Me Grow Providers, Nurses, Social Workers and other pediatric health care providers.  It contains the latest information on Basic Genetic Concepts; Resources; Genetic Testing and Birth Defects Prevention.  Continuing education credits for nurses, social workers and help me grow providers are available.


    • Gestational Diabetes in Ohio: What Healthcare Providers Need To Know

This one module, self-study provides information for nurses and dietitians interested in improving the health of women of childbearing age (18-45 years). The self-study course provides information and resources addressing some common risk factors associated with a gestational diabetes diagnosis, and recommendations for the care of women with a history of gestational diabetes.

https://oh.train.org Course ID: 1033824

 

    • Having a Healthy Baby—Focus on Five  

This one module, self-study provides information and resources for nursing and other health care providers interested in improving the preconception and interconception health of women of childbearing age (18-44 years).   It Provides information about the causes of birth defects with a focus on preventable risk factors and prevention strategies that can improve reproductive outcomes;

https://oh.train.org   course ID #1028474

 

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Educational Resources and Print Materials

A pocket guide to help health care providers recognize indications for referral of children to a genetics center for evaluation and to provide easy access to contact information for regional genetic centers in Ohio.

    • Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Toolkits 

Tools are provided to assist physicians with working with women of childbearing years, and pregnant and nursing women to prevent/reduce the incidence of FASD.

      1. Tools for Screening and Diagnosis
      2. Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Toolkit
      3. Alcohol Screening and Brief Intervention (ASBI) training materials and screening tools
         
    • Increasing Referrals for Children Identified Through the Early Detection and Intervention (EHDI) System: A Guide for Providers Serving Children Who Have Hearing Loss

A guide developed for health care providers to facilitate appropriate referrals to genetic services for children with hearing loss.

Increasing Genetic Referrals for Children Identified Through the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) System

A pocket guide to help health care providers evaluate a patient’s cancer history and make appropriate referrals of patients who have cancer in their personal or family history.   Includes contact information for Ohio Cancer Risk Assessment sites in Ohio.

    • National Coalition for Health Professional Education in Genetics (NCHPEG)

NCHPEG is an "organization of organizations" committed to a national effort to promote health professional education and access to information about advances in human genetics.  NCHPEG works to integrate genetics content into the knowledge base of health professionals and students of the health professions by developing educational tools and information resources that are accessible and useful to the target audience   

http://www.nchpeg.org/

    • Genetics Education Materials for School Success – (GEMSS)

GEMSS was developed for teachers and parents to better understand the needs of students who have genetic conditions. GEMSS are tools for schools. They explain genetic conditions and offer helpful strategies for use in classrooms. 

http://www.gemssforschools.org/

 

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Indications for Referral for Preconception and Prenatal Genetic Services

  • Advanced parental age
  • Abnormal prenatal ultrasound
  • Abnormal results on prenatal screening or diagnostic testing
  • Positive carrier test results
  • Chronic medical condition such as diabetes or epilepsy
  • Family history of genetic condition, birth defect, cognitive impairment, developmental disability or autism
  • History of infertility, multiple unexplained pregnancy losses, or pregnancy losses with a genetic abnormality
  • Exposure to infections, medications, radiation, alcohol, illicit drugs, chemicals or other agents potentially harmful to pregnancy
  • Ethnic/racial background with increased risk for having baby with genetic condition
  • Preconception planning
  • Seeking information on carrier testing or prenatal screening/diagnostic testing options

Indications for Referral for Pediatric Genetic Services

  • Known genetic condition
  • Unexplained developmental delays, hearing loss, intellectual disability or autism
  • Multiple, unexplained physical problems, birth defects or unusual features
  • Family history raising concern of a genetic condition
  • Personal or family history indicative of increased risk for conditions that may have childhood onset or early screening recommendations (ex. Hereditary arrhythmia, FAP)

 

A pocket guide to help health care providers recognize indications for referral of children to a genetics center for evaluation and to provide easy access to contact information for regional genetic centers in Ohio.

A guide developed for health care providers to facilitate appropriate referrals to genetic services for children with hearing loss.


Indications for Genetics Referral for Inborn Errors of Metabolism

  • Abnormal newborn screening result
  • Medical or neurodevelopmental history raising concern for a metabolic disorder
  • Developmental regression or loss of acquired skills
  • Child with abnormal odor, failure to thrive, or small or large head with seizures

Indications for Referral for Adult Genetic Services

  • Known genetic conditions such as Marfan syndrome, neurofibromatosis, polycystic kidney disease
  • Suspicion of adult-onset genetic condition such as hemochromatosis, neurodegenerative disorders such as Huntington disease
  • Intellectual disability or autism without known cause
  • Suspicion of hereditary cardiomyopathy or arrhythmia
  • Congenital anomalies without underlying diagnosis
  • Family history of known or suspected genetic diagnosis

Indications for Referral for Hereditary Cancer Genetic Services

  • Cancer with atypical age of onset
  • Multiple family members with cancer
  • Multiple related cancers in the same patient such as bilateral breast or breast and ovarian
  • Unusual cancers or sites of cancers such as male breast cancer
  • Known hereditary cancer syndrome and/or previously identified cancer susceptibility gene
  • Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry and breast or ovarian cancer at any age
  • Pediatric cancer which may have inherited potential

 

A pocket guide to help health care providers evaluate a patient’s cancer history and make appropriate referrals of patients who have cancer in their personal or family history.   Includes contact information for Ohio Cancer Risk Assessment sites in Ohio.

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Last Updated: 8/12/14