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  State Genetic Information         

State Genetics Coordinator:

Beryl Polk

Mississippi Department of Health
2423 North State Street
Jackson, MS 39215-1700
(601)576-7619
bpolk@msdh.state.ms.us

 
 
Needs Assessment/Planning:

Click here for: Mississippi Genetic Services Plan 2003
 
 
Clinical Genetic Services:

Clinical genetics are medical services provided to individuals, families, and populations who have or are at risk for disorders with genetic implications. Services include testing, counseling, education, treatment, and where appropriate, referral for other services.

The Mississippi Department of Health offers genetics counseling and testing at no cost to Mississippi residents. You can go to any local health department to request genetics counseling.

T
o request services click here for: - Mississippi Department of Health District Health Offices

                                                  - Genetic Counseling: Questions and Answers

GeneTests, is a publicly-funded, medical genetics information resource that has a searchable clinical directory for all states, type of service, and specialty clinic.
Click here for: Gene Tests Homepage
Click here for: GeneTests - Mississippi Clinical Directory
 
 Legislation:

Genetic legislation may be clearly expressed in public health statutes. It may also be embedded in other regulations, administrative rules, or other less obvious statutes, e.g. labor law. Identifying and interpreting state genetics legislation is not necessarily straightforward. An example of genetic-related legislation introduced in Mississippi in 2004, but not enacted, is:

Click here for: House Bill 182 – An Act to Prohibit the Use of Genetic Testing for Discriminatory Purposes by Employers; and for Related Purposes.  

Resources for genetic legislation include:

State genetics coordinator

Click here for: Mississippi Legislature Online

Click here for: National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) Genetics Laws and Legislative Activity.  Select a topic of interest for legislation in each state (where available).
 

 

 

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