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2021 Updates in Health Disparities in Medical Genetics
An American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics Symposium
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Course Information

ACMG greatly acknowledges Myriad Women’s Health and Bionano Genomics, Inc. for their support of this course by providing independent educational grants.

Friday, May 14, 2021, 12:30 pm ET – 4:30 pm ET

Format: Zoom Webinar accessed via the ACMG Genetics Academy (free account required)


Inequalities in healthcare in the US have been documented for racial and ethnic minority members: African-Americans, Native Americans, Asians, LatinX, as well as women, immigrants and refugees, disabled persons, LGBTQ+ individuals, obese persons, some religious minorities, and prisoners. Institutional racism and implicit bias contribute to unequal access to basic health care, and worse outcomes for disadvantaged patients even after controlling for insurance status and demographic factors. The purpose of this forum is to explore the history of health care inequity, and the current state of health care differences and disparities for minority patient populations with respect to prenatal care, and adult hereditary breast and ovarian cancer. The speakers will identify the sources, scope, research into, and solutions for healthcare disparities in genetics.


Learning Objectives:

At the conclusion of this session, participants should be able to:

  • Recall three groups of patients who are at risk to experience poorer healthcare outcomes for genetic conditions.
  • Identify the historical, social, institutional, and individual factors that contribute to healthcare disparities.
  • Interpret the reasons behind underutilization of genetic testing for hereditary breast ovarian cancer in African-American and LatinX women.
  • Demonstrate factors identified to contribute to disparities in prenatal care.
  •  Differentiate explicit and implicit bias, and how to recognize and reduce implicit bias.
  •  Describe strategies to reduce disparities in access to genetic counseling.
  •  Identify the major goals of the All of Us Program.


Target Audience:

Clinical geneticists, Lab geneticists, Genetic counselors, OB-GYN physicians, and Advanced Practice Providers who care for women. Pediatricians interested in genetics


Agenda (Times listed in Eastern Time Zone)

12:30 pm - 12:35 pm                      Welcome

Part 1: Raising Awareness About Health Disparities in Genetics

12:35 pm - 1:00 pm                         The History of Race Medicine
1:00 pm - 1:05 pm                           Q&A

1:05 pm - 1:30 pm                           Disparities in Prenatal Care
1:30 pm - 1:35 pm                           Q&A

1:35 pm - 2:00 pm                           Genetic Disparities in Hereditary Breast/Ovarian Cancer
2:00 pm - 2:05 pm                           Q&A

2:05 pm - 2:20 pm                           Break

Part 2: Opportunities to Reduce Health Disparities in Genetics Through Education and Research

2:20 pm                                                Welcome back

2:20 pm - 2:50 pm                           Improving Genetic Counseling Across Literacy, Language Barriers and for Underserved Patients

2:50 pm - 2:55 pm                           Q&A

2:55 pm - 3:20 pm                           Project Inclusive on Implicit Bias Regarding Disability
3:20 pm - 3:25 pm                           Q&A

3:25 pm - 3:50 pm                           The All of Us Research Program
3:50 pm - 3:55 pm                           Q&A

3:55 pm - 4:30 pm                           Panel Discussion


Availability: Registration Required
(949 seats available)
Location: Online Meeting
Date / Time: May 14, 2021 12:30 PM - 4:30 PM EST
Cost: FREE
Credit Offered: 3.5 CME (AMA) Credits
3.5 CME (Other) Credits
3.5 Certificate of Participation Credits
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