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Genetic Systems Integration (GSI) Initiative

The Wisconsin Genetic Systems Integration (GSI) Initiative (also known as the GSI Hub) purpose is to promote the integration of genetics education and services in and between Maternal & Child Health programs in Wisconsin and regionally for the purpose of addressing disparities and improving access to genetics services for individuals with genetic disorders and their families..

The GSI Initiative is based at the Waisman Center in Madison, WI. GSI Initiative staff work closely with the Genetic Advisory Committee as well as with other collaborating partners.

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Ongoing activities of the Genetic Systems Integration Initiative are supported by a Maternal and Child Health Title V Services Block Grant, Maternal & Child Health Bureau (MCHB), Health Resources and Service Administration (HRSA) to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services Division of Public Health


Our staff work in partnership with Wisconsin Maternal & Child Health (MCH) programs and other state and regional genetics stakeholders to strengthen systems of care.  Current efforts include:

  • Coordinate and implement the annual “Genetics Exchange”, a statewide professional development conference for genetic and non-genetic healthcare providers.
  • Develop and disseminate genetics continuing education modules for non-genetic healthcare providers.
  • Maintain the Genetics in Wisconsin website.
  • Disseminate information about genetics and the the GSI Initiative to other MCH programs and health care service systems  in Wisconsin and act as  the information resource regarding genetics systems for MCH programs.

Genetics Advisory Committee (GAC)

The Wisconsin Genetics Advisory Committee’s purpose is to advise the  Genetics Systems Integration (GSI) Initiative and to guide efforts to strengthen the genetics infrastructure in Wisconsin.  The goal of the unique collaboration is to more seamlessly integrate genetics with Maternal and Child Health (MCH) and Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN) public health programs.

The Genetic Advisory Committee has a variety of representatives including: genetics healthcare professionals,  primary care providers, public health representatives and more.

Genetics Services Plan

The most current Genetics Services Plan for the state of Wisconsin is available by clicking the link.