Planning Ahead for Healthy Children and Grandchildren This Year
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Planning Ahead for Healthy Children and Grandchildren This Year

Karen Arnovitz Grinzaid is executive director of JScreen at Emory University School of Medicine, Department of Human Genetics.

Karen Arnovitz Grinzaid
Karen Arnovitz Grinzaid

What if you had an easy way to help prevent suffering in your family and friends? JScreen is giving you that opportunity this High Holiday season. We are asking you to encourage each and every person who is planning on having children to take an at-home JScreen test to help us in our mission to prevent Jewish genetic diseases.

JScreen is a national nonprofit Jewish genetic disease screening program based out of Emory University School of Medicine’s Department of Human Genetics. The program brings innovative technology of genetic screening and peace of mind to your front door. JScreen’s panel of more than 200 genetic diseases includes over 100 diseases that are common in people of Ashkenazi, Sephardi and Mizrahi Jewish ancestry, and other diseases that are common in non-Jewish groups.

Screening is important for Jewish individuals and couples, as well as interfaith couples who are also at risk for having children with these diseases. JScreen provides results via phone or secure video-conferencing with a certified genetic counselor who can answer questions, explain the results and talk through all of the options to help ensure that you or your loved one has a healthy baby. JScreen is accessible from anywhere in the U.S. In fact, since launching in 2013, JScreen has tested thousands of people from all 50 states.

As you are gathering around the table and dipping your apples in honey, mention genetic screening to a loved one and you might make their future a little sweeter.

Tell them to check out the website to learn more and to order an at-home screening kit.

JScreen wishes you and your family a happy, healthy New Year!


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