The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) Genetics Services Program funds a regional network of genetic centers that provides comprehensive care and services to people affected with, or at risk for genetic disorders. The purpose of the program is to ensure availability of quality, comprehensive genetic services in Ohio. Genetic services include, but are not limited to genetic counseling, education, diagnosis and treatment for all genetic conditions and congenital abnormalities. Persons in Ohio who would like genetic counseling, or other genetic treatment services, may contact one of the Regional Comprehensive Genetic Centers (RCGC), or may be referred by their primary care physician.
The goals of the Regional Comprehensive Genetic Centers (RCGCs) are to assure that:
- Children and adults with, or at risk for birth defects or genetic disorders and their families receive quality, comprehensive genetic services that are available, accessible and culturally sensitive; and
- Providers, the general public and policy makers are aware and knowledgeable about birth defects, genetic conditions, genetic disease related services in Ohio.
The ODH Genetics Program:
- Provides grant funding to 7 RCGCs, 2 satellite offices, and 17 outreach clinics to support comprehensive care for people affected by genetic-related diseases.
- Develops standards and criteria for RCGCs.
- Monitors and evaluates services provided by the RCGCs.
- Participates in strategies and networking activities to integrate genomics information into the many public health-related programs that work with various population groups at increased risk for specific genetic disorders.
- Promotes education related to genetic diseases for health professionals, patients/families and the public.
The ODH Genetic Services Program is housed within the Genetics Section located in the Bureau for Children with Medical Handicaps (BCMH). In addition to the Genetics Services Program, the section includes the Sickle Cell Services Program, the Metabolic Formula Program and the Ohio Connections for Children with Special Needs (Ohio's birth defects information system).
Ohio Department of Health
Bureau for Children with Medical Handicaps
246 North High Street
Columbus, Ohio 43215
Telephone: (614) 466-1549
Fax: (614) 728-3616
Last Updated: 07/22/09
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