Region 4 Midwest


States: Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin

Region 4 Director: Lisa Gorman, PhD 
Region 4 Co-Director: Janice Bach, MS, CGC
Project Coordinator: Gina Gembel, MSW


Mission Statement: “The mission of the Region 4 Genetics Collaborative is to:
  • Increase access to information about newborn screening and genetic resources, services and family support systems.
  • Facilitate data collection and analysis to guide decision-making regarding screening cut-offs, diagnosis and long term treatment of heritable disorders.
  • Support state public health agencies in improving infrastructure for genetic service delivery to children with heritable disorders.
  • Provide a forum for families, public health, and clinical providers to share best practices and models for improving newborn screening, follow-up and genetic care coordination.
  • Link Region 4 states with regional and national initiatives for improving the quality of newborn screening and genetic service delivery.”
Featured Resources/Activities: The Region 4 Midwest Educational and the Region 4 Resource sections have resources and tools for health professionals and families. An excellent resource for families is the Partnering with your Doctor: The Medical Home Approach. Region 4 Midwest also recently developed the Family Centered Pediatric Emergency Department Sickle Cell Assessment of Needs and Strengths (FC-Peds-ED-SCANS)© to address the complex management of children with sickle cell disease in the emergency department. 

Contact Information:
Region 4 Midwest Regional Genetics Collaborative
Michigan Public Health Institute
2364 Woodlake Drive
Suite 180
Okemos, MI 48864