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The Genetic Counselors and You Series

The Genetic Counselors and You series turns complex genetics into information you can use for your personal healthcare. 

Podcast Episodes

The Genetic Counselors and You series is now available as a podcast - subscribe by searching for "Genetic Counselors and You" in iTunes, Spotify and Google Play Music

  • Demystifying Insurance to Unlock Genetic Counseling and Genetic Testing Opportunities | November, 2020 | Listen to the Episode | Download the Transcript
    In honor of Genetic Counselor Awareness Day, we hope this episode helps you learn new ways to access genetic counseling services as we tackle a complex topic with an expert genetic counselor. Health insurance can be complex. How do you know if something is or isn’t covered in your plan? And what if you don’t have insurance? This can make decisions about your health, which may include genetic testing and genetic counseling, even harder to figure out. It might make some of us avoid genetic testing or genetic counseling altogether, if we have a choice. But is that the right thing to do? In this episode, we speak to Heather L. Shappell, MS, CGC, a genetic counselor with expertise in this area, to help demystify insurance as it pertains to genetic testing and genetic counseling. 

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​Recorded Webinars

You can also check out our archive of Genetic Counselors and You webinars to go deeper into everything from genetics’ role in fertility to ancestry testing.

  • Is Fertility Preservation an Option for You? | View Recording
  • Is Your Genetic Privacy Protected? | View Recording
  • The Future of At-Home Genetic Testing | View Recording
  • How Genetics Affects Infertility  |  View Recording
  • Mental Illness and Genetics: Family History, and Protecting Your Mental Health  |  View Recording
  • Rare Disease: What Role Do Genetics Play?  |  View Recording
  • My Risk for Alzheimer’s Disease: Is the Answer in My Genes?  |  View Recording
  • Taking Heredity to Heart:  The Role of Genetics in Cardiovascular Disease  |  View Recording
  • Ancestry and Other Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Testing:  What to Consider Before Mailing that DNA  |  View Recording
  • Genetic Testing and Pregnancy: A Genetic Counselor Guides You Through Your Testing Options |  View Recording
  • Cancer and Family History: Information You Need to Assess Your Risk | View Recording

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