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Genetic Counselor Awareness Day

Genetic Counselor Awareness Day is typically hosted on the second Thursday in November each year. In 2021, due to other date conflicts, GC Awareness Day will be held on November 4, 2021. It is dedicated to empowering genetic counselors to help raise awareness and interest about genetic counselors in your communities and institutions, and to help consumers understand the important and supportive role genetic counselors can play as part of their healthcare team.

Save the Date

Save the date for this year's Genetic Counselor Awareness Day, which will take place on Thursday, November 4, 2021.

Previous Year's Activities and Resources

Check out past Genetic Counselor Awareness Day activites and resources below.

2020 Activity Schedule

  • Update your Facebook profile picture using the special Genetic Counselor Awareness Day Facebook frame.
  • 9:00 AM CT - Join NSGC’s Facebook Live with NSGC President Gillian Hooker to kick-start Genetic Counselor Awareness Day 2020.
  • 9:00 AM CT - Head over to NSGC's Twitter and test your genetic counseling and professional society knowledge during our day-long trivia competition. Check back every other hour for a new question.
  • Post a Genetic Counselor Awareness Day flyer at your institution and spread the word about this important day.
  • 12:00 PM CT – Join NSGC for our Genetic Counselor Awareness Day webinar.
  • 2:00 PM CT – Reach out to your local media to spread the word about genetic counseling using these customizable media pitches.
  • 5:00 PM CT – Unwind from your day by downloading the newest episode of the NSGC Podcast Series.

2020 Resources

  • Genetic Counselor Awareness Day flyers: Post one of these flyers at your institution to help spread the word about this important day and the work you do within your institution. 
  • Support letter: Download this template letter and use it to request your employer's support of Genetic Counselor Awareness Day.
  • Zoom background: Help promote Genetic Counselor Awareness Day by downloading this Zoom background. 
  • Media toolkit: This is your chance to reach out to media and your social media network to spread the word about local genetic counselors and the profession’s role in healthcare. 
    • Letter to the Editor and Op-Ed tips: Letters to the Editor and Op-Eds are an effective way to offer a genetic counselor’s unique perspective on healthcare. Review NSGC’s tips to increase the chances of getting your piece published.
    • Genetic counseling key messages and interview tips: Ahead of media interviews, use our suggested key messages and preparation guide so you are sure to get across your most important points.
    • Pitches to media contacts: Use these sample pitches as a guide, and email local media if you wish to offer yourself for interviews. 
  • Sample social media posts
  • Social media graphics
  • Email signature graphics
  • PowerPoint presentation sample: Use this downloadable presentationand use it in part or in whole, or customize it for your own use. It includes slides on what to expect when meeting with a genetic counselor (for a consumer audience), genetic counseling as a career (for a prospective student audience) and when to refer to a genetic counselor (for a healthcare provider/physician audience)