Healthcare disparities related to diversity, inclusion, equity, and justice continue to increase with the advancement of precision medicine and the incorporation of genetics into mainstream healthcare. By promoting genomic equity, clinics, hospitals, laboratories, and companies improve patient and client satisfaction, increase access and utilization of genomic testing and services, and create metrics that streamline operations which can be used to ensure equity and inclusion. Thus, the Genomic Technologies SIG created a slide deck to achieve two goals: 1) to give an overview of the importance of equity in genomic healthcare, and 2) to describe the healthcare disparities that impact genomic medicine. Genomic equity (as defined by Joom et al. 2019) occurs when “all populations have equal, effective, and affordable access to genomic medicine where diagnosis, prevention, and treatment strategies can target the bases of disease without bias for or against any group.”
This deck describes current practices in genomic medicine and suggests calls to action to improve equity. We seek to empower genetic counselors to help reduce disparities in their respective practice settings. Additionally, the information supports key stakeholders’ understanding of the importance of genomic equity. Genetic counselors have the positions and the perspective to influence the genomic equity space by starting conversations with their employers, leadership, and communities to lead actions that promote genomic equity and reduce disparities.
Please check out the deck here! We acknowledge that this resource is only one piece of a much larger, more complex puzzle. The deck addresses the interconnectivity of genetics to many other fields that collectively impact healthcare. This deck provides the background needed for larger discussions on how you and your team can improve your current services and offerings to increase genomic equity. We hope this slide deck guides conversations with your department, teams, and leadership. Additionally, we welcome you to update or customize the deck as needed, to continue advancing discussions that lead to actionable change.
(The authors and creators would like to thank Kara Bui, Deanna Darnes, Khalida Liaquat, and Deepti Babu for their reviews and edits on the deck.)
All views expressed in this article are solely of the authors and not of their employer’s.