Aims to reduce health disparities through in-person educational workshops, online continuing education opportunities, consulting, and promoting the infusion of cultural competence into healthcare and industry settings.
Programs/Opportunities in Genetic Counseling for Undergraduate Students
Genetic Counseling is a nascent profession that is rapidly growing. There are many opportunities for undergraduate students to gain experience and learn about Genetic Counseling, some of which are geared toward increasing diversity in the profession. These are linked below and include a scholarship from the Warren-Alpert Foundation to provide multiple services to students in certain GC training programs and a Genetic Counseling Summer Internship at the University of Pennsylvania (Penn) and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).
This article discusses the importance of cultural competence in the field of genetics. The authors discuss the ethno-cultural values of different cultures and races and how they impact patient responses to genetics services.
This systematic article review examined literature surrounding the ethical, social, and cultural issues surrounding delivery of genetic services. It was found that medical professionals are not appropriately educated on social issues surrounding genetics and patients have troubles accessing genetic services.
Creating a diverse workforce in the field of genetics is critical to making progress in research and health equity. This factsheet from NHGRI describes the importance of diversity in the workplace as well as guidance on how to create and maintain diversity in the field of genetics.
A large proportion of genetics research has been done in populations with mostly European ancestry. Increasing diversity in genomic research will allow for a better understanding of our population as a whole and will be better representative of our diverse world.
Involving minority communities in policy conversations surrounding genetics research is important to expanding genetics research to improve the health of all individuals. Creating a dialogue with minority communities is integral in the process of engaging these communities.
NIMHD invests in research and fosters collaborations and partnerships to promote and support evidence-based science to inform practice and policy. Its programs and initiatives provide a leading edge in enhancing the scientific knowledge base and designing interventions to improve health outcomes to reduce and ultimately lead to the elimination of health disparities.