Reporting to the Screening & Genetics Section Manager, as the Genetic Task Force Coordinator (Health Services Consultant 3), you will support these aims through two bodies of work:
Part of this position will entail working with internal and external partners to identify needs, assess requirements, and explore the feasibility of a statewide mechanism to collect Critical Congenital Heart Disease (CCHD) screening data for all newborns born in Washington state. CCHD screening is a point of care screening performed on newborns at the birthing hospitals, midwifery clinics, and by midwives who assist in home births. Currently, screening newborns for CCHD is mandated by law in Washington, but it is an unfunded mandate, and there is no data system/registry set up to collect Newborn Screening (NBS) data on CCHD for all newborns in Washington.
The second part of this position is coordinating the work of a statewide task force convened by the DOH and tasked with identifying evidence-based guidelines and recommendations for appropriate prenatal genetic test ordering by non-genetic providers, such as Ob/Gyn’s, RN’s, and others. The task force will take into consideration the wide range of genetic tests, need for resource stewardship, and the existing evidence base to provide guidance for non-genetic providers on what prenatal tests to order, when to order, and how follow-up may vary based on the test results.