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Genetics is defined as the study of heredity and its variation.

In keeping with our mission to protect health, prevent illness, and promote wellness, through a grant awarded to us by the Illinois Department of Public Health - Office of Health Promotion, we offer genetic screens to women seen in our WIC/FCM clinic.

A screen serves to obtain information from the client about themselves, their partners, and both of their families in relation to any histories of abnormal features, growth patterns, blood disorders, etc... Clients found to have significant risk factors are referred to Jackson County Health Department (Begining September, 2003 the Jefferson County Health Department will begin it's own referal clinic in conjunction with Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital) where they might see a geneticist or a genetic counselor depending on their circumstances.

Referrals to Division of Specalized Care for Children (DSCC) and early intervention agencies are made as necessary and needed.

Education and referrals are provided to all newborns, children and adults along with their families in need of these services.

In Illinois, infants at birth are routinly screened for 6 disorders (listed below). To obtain information on any of these disorders tested for click on one of the links below.

Biotinidase Deficiency

Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia

Congenital Hypothyroidism



Sickle Cell Disease and Other Hemoglobinopathies


For additional information about any of the 6 disorders tested for at birth or other diseases and/or disorders click a link below and enter in the disease and/or disorder that you want information on in their search box.

The Magic Foundation

The March of Dimes

National Organization for Rare Disorders, Inc. (NORD)