Thirteen pediatric practices have completed a nine-month quality improvement initiative aimed at integrating genetic services into primary care and strengthening medical homes for more than 130,000 children in 11 states.

The initiative is supported by the Genetics in Primary Care Institute, which was established through an agreement between the Academy and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Maternal and Child Health Bureau. Its aim is to improve primary care providers’ knowledge and skills in genetic medicine.

While genetics has been viewed as a discipline focused on rare conditions, recent advances highlight the role of genetics in common conditions managed by primary care providers. Over 71% of pediatric inpatients have a genetic or genetically based condition; more than 4 million babies born annually in the United States undergo newborn screening, the most common genetic test; and family history is considered the first genetic screen.

Most primary care physicians, however,...

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