Discover the Virginia Genetic Navigator Program

What is it?

This program aims to help families of children or adults with disabilities or special health care needs more easily access and navigate genetic services.

Who are genetic navigators?

Genetic navigators are parents of children with genetic diagnoses who have their own personal experiences using genetic services.

How much does it cost?

The program is FREE of charge!

How can genetic navigators help?

They are prepared to simplify the genetics journey by providing one on one support to families. However, genetic navigators are NOT a replacement for an appointment with a genetic counselor or geneticist.

Who created this program?

This program is a joint effort between the Virginia Department of Health, the Center for Family Involvement at VCU and the NYMAC Regional Genetics Network.

How are genetic navigators trained?

Genetic navigators complete eight training modules (shown on left) to help them best guide others on their medical journeys.


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