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Amanda M. Gutierrez, MPH received an NIH diversity supplement as part of the Sulston Project to conduct a year and a half long qualitative case study that explores the experiences of Hispanic/Latinx communities with genetic testing for inherited cancer risk. Amanda will conduct over 60 in-depth interviews with multiple stakeholder groups (genetics experts, patient advocates, and patients/community members) to identify challenges and potential policy options related to improving access to genetic testing among Hispanic/Latinx groups, with special attention to the heterogeneity of the US Hispanic/Latinx population. The project includes a focus on policy translation, where Amanda will communicate her empirical findings and policy implications to stakeholders, policymakers, and the scientific community. This supplement will address an important gap in the Sulston Project by describing genetic testing access in the US Hispanic/Latinx population and proposing policy options for more effective inclusion of underserved groups in a cancer genomic variant commons. Amanda hopes her work will help improve genetic risk assessment for hereditary cancers in underserved Hispanic/Latinx groups and positively impact their access to genomic medicine and, ultimately, health outcomes.