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Genetic Counselor Awareness Day

Genetic Counselor Awareness Day is typically hosted on the second Thursday in November each year. 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.

2023 Save the Date

Save the date for this year's Genetic Counselor Awareness Day, which will take place on Thursday, November 9, 2023

2022 Activity Schedule

Check out how we celebrated Genetic Counselor Awareness Day in 2022 to get an idea of how you might want to celebrate for 2023!

  • 9:00 AM CT - Join us on NSGC’s social media channels for a live stream to kick-start Genetic Counselor Awareness Day 2022.
  • 9:00 AM CT - Follow up with your local media to spread the word about genetic counseling using the provided customizable media pitches.
  • 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. Click here to register
  • 5:00 PM CT – Check out an organization from this list compiled by NSGCares or another organization in your area that you are interested in getting involved in.

2022 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. See below for the 2022 media toolkits: 
  • PowerPoint presentation sample: Use this downloadable presentation and 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)
  • Genetic Counselor Referral Tool:  Share our web resource, "Can meeting with a genetic counselor help me?" with members of the general public to help individuals determine whether meeting with a genetetic counselor could be helpful for them or members of their family.