Officially chartered NSGC state chapters offer a means for genetic counselors within a given state to come together in support of state-level advocacy efforts. An officially chartered state chapter of NSGC carries the credibility of the national organization, which is necessary in some states for state chapters of NSGC to be “professionally” accepted by other organizations/lobbying groups.
To become an officially chartered chapter of NSGC, a state genetic counselor organization must follow certain basic requirements:
- The Chapter must be led by an Advisory Committee consisting of a minimum of 2 members.
- The Chapter and its Advisory Committee must adopt bylaws that govern how the Chapter is to be run, and those bylaws must be approved by NSGC.
- The Chapter’s advisory committee must execute the Chapter Charter Agreement between the Chapter and the National Society of Genetic Counselors.
- It is suggested that there be no more than one chapter per state.
Official chapter status may not be necessary for every state genetic counselor organization.
How to Become an NSGC Chapter
See below for resources on becoming a chartered NSGC state chapter, annual requirements for maintaining chapter status, NSGC State Chapter cover letter and NSGC State Chapter Handbook.