Genetics is a rapidly growing area in health care. While still very important in the diagnosis and management of birth defects and rare disorders, genetics is also a factor in many common conditions. Every day, more is learned about the role genetics plays in diseases like asthma, diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.
The Wisconsin Statewide Genetics Program strives to make sure Wisconsin families and health care providers are aware of and have access to the genetic services available in the state. To learn more about genetic services in Wisconsin, including how to locate medical genetics providers, visit the Wisconsin Genetics website. The Statewide Genetics Program also works with several other public health programs to make sure necessary and important genetic information is appropriately available.
A genetic counselor is available as a resource to families and health care providers and can answer questions, provide referrals to genetic services, or offer education and training to those interested.
For more information, contact:Michelle Kempf-Weibel, MS, CGC State Genetic Coordinator Wisconsin Division of Public Health 1 W Wilson St, Room 233 Madison, WI 53701-2659 Phone: 608-267-7148 Fax: 608-267-3824 Email: Michelle.KempfWeibel@dhs.wisconsin.gov
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