First established in November 2018, the MGPN was created by the Western States Regional Genetics Network to address the limited diversity among medical genetic professionals. Few high school and undergraduate students are aware of opportunities in these professions, and that is even more true among students from minority backgrounds. This lack of diversity impacts patient access in minority communities, with less availability of genetic services, less awareness of these services, and few providers from these communities who patients feel comfortable with. The MGPN will serve as an organized way for genetic professionals of minority backgrounds to connect with one another to address these issues together.
To create a place for minority medical genetic professionals and those training to enter such professions to connect with one another for the purposes of mutual support and community outreach. Medical genetic professionals include medical geneticists, genetic counselors, and genetics nurses.
Minority genetic professionals and genetic professionals in training have peers to reach out to in order to feel supported in their places of work and education.
Minority genetic professionals and genetic professionals in training have opportunities to collaborate and increase awareness in their communities about:
- Career opportunities in medical genetic services
- The importance of medical genetic services for individuals and families
An increased number of minority students choose to enter careers in medical genetics.
Patients from minority communities feel more comfortable seeking out genetic services.