Learn about the initiative and the JScreen test
JScreen is a non-profit community-based public health initiative dedicated to preventing Jewish genetic diseases. Headquartered in Atlanta at Emory University School of Medicine, the JScreen initiative is a collaboration among clinical geneticists, socially minded businesses and nonprofits to provide everyday people with a ready access point to cutting-edge genetic testing technology, patient education and genetic counseling services.
JScreen makes testing for Jewish genetic diseases simple — providing an easy-to-use at-home saliva test that gives couples planning for children an unprecedented understanding of their own genetic makeup and risks relating to their children’s health. If a person or couple’s risk is elevated, genetic counselors from Emory University School of Medicine will privately address their results, options and resources to help you have a healthy pregnancy and healthy baby.
We believe the combination of education, access to premier gene screening technologies and personalized, confidential support are the keys to preventing these devastating diseases. Please join us in turning the tide against hereditary diseases and ensuring families have the best chances for healthy babies.
About the JScreen Genetic Testing Process
The JScreen Jewish genetic test is best utilized before a person or couple is planning to become pregnant for the first time, or planning to expand their families, so that they can understand their risks and options. This simple, saliva-based assay (spit test) is done in the privacy and convenience of your home and is then mailed to a CLIA-certified laboratory. JScreen analyzes genetic markers for more than 200 different diseases, including those that are predominant in the Jewish community. Cutting-edge genetic testing can be very expensive; the JScreen initiative ensures that for individuals with private health insurance, the only out-of-pocket expense is a small program fee. If the entire cost of the the test is covered by insurance, the program fee will not be returned.
Getting Involved: Become an advocate for Jewish genetic testing
Many childhood diseases are preventable with carrier screening and education. JScreen is looking for people to join the fight against hereditary diseases. Learn more about advocacy for Jewish genetic testing and disease prevention at jscreen.org or by calling 800-684-3608.