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Beginning in 2004, HRSA MCHB funded a series of Regional Collaborative Projects throughout the United States. This funding aimed at overcoming and developing regional approaches to maldistributions of genetics services and expertise within each region. The initial phase of funding lasted three years and was awarded to SERGG, Inc.
In the winter 2006 a five year competitive renewal application was issued. During this time SERGG requested that another institution serve as the applicant agency. Emory University took the responsibility and now serves as the grantee for the cooperative agreement. Award notices were issued in May 2007 and the region received funding for core and priority activities. These activities are solely supported by HRSA and in-kind staff time, where appropriate.
In 2012 a second five year competitive renewal was awarded to Emory University for the continuation of the activities begun in 2006.
In 2016 HRSA announced a three year competitive renewal and a name change from the Regional Genetic and Newborn Screening Services in Region 3 (Regional Genetics Collaborative) to the Regional Genetics Network. In 2017, Emory University received the notice of grant award for continued development of new telemedicine programs, as well as optimization of existing telegenetics programs looking to grow and become more sustainable in the southeast region.
The program intends to improve health equity and health outcomes in individuals with genetic conditions, reduce morbidity and mortality caused by genetic conditions (including congenital and metabolic disorders); and to improve the quality of coordinated and comprehensive genetic services to children and their families.
The purpose of the Southeast Regional Genetics Network is to:
Links to this application are available here.
This funding establishes a set of reporting requirements, along with performance metrics, for the region. For additional information about HRSA and its grant opportunities please visit hrsa.gov.
June 29, 2017
A Taste of eGNA: Now Expanding with Project ECHO
The Southeast Regional Genetics Network (SERN) is ready to launch its first Project ECHO platform for genetic disorders. Our first pilot project will focus on a multidisciplinary medical education approach focused on training genetic metabolic providers. We are currently recruiting for the Genetic Nutrition ECHO program which will launch in the fall of 2020. We hosted an ECHO methodology demonstration on Wednesday, April 29 where more than 300 genetic professionals, public health professionals, and other providers registered to learn more about Project ECHO. We had three case presenters from different institutions, active audience participation, and faculty experts who provided recommendations. If you are a genetic professional, currently seeing patients, we would like your help in completing the .
In addition, if you are interested in further educational opportunities, you will be directed to complete the Participant Interest Form after completing the needs assessment, which the ECHO team will use to enroll the first trainee cohort for the program and interested members will be provided with more details. For any further questions please contact email@example.com.