Health Equity

All work in the Midwest Genetics Network will contribute to the goal of improving underserved populations’ access to genetics services.

The Health Equity Project will support each state to identify two underserved populations and create state-specific action plans to link those populations to genetic services.  This project will extend across the MGN in with plans to share our model with other regions as they work to engage underserved patients and their families.

What is the Health Equity Project’s Charge?

  • Identify underserved populations
  • Engage community organizations and patients and their families representing underserved communities
  • Create state-specific strategies to improve access to genetic services
  • To share our model with other RGNs and encourage them to engage more fully with underserved patients and their families

Health Equity Workgroup:

  • Prioritize the health equity work of the MGN
  • Review the progress of state steering committees to identify underserved communities
  • Provide a regional infrastructure to link state level activities
  • Oversee the implementation of health equity training for genetic service providers

State Steering Committees:

  • Guide the identification of underserved communities within their state that the MGN will target for outreach
  • Provide state and community level perspective on complex issues related to access to genetic services
  • Provide an important connection to the communities and organizations working with health disparate populations

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Health equity means that everyone has a fair and just opportunity to be healthier. This requires removing obstacles to health such as poverty, discrimination, and their consequences, including powerlessness and lack of access to good jobs with fair pay, quality education and housing, safe environments, and health care.

May 2017 Publisher: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Author(s): Braveman P, Arkin E, Orleans T, Proctor D, and Plough A