Public Health SIG
The NSGC Public Health Special Interest Group promotes the integration of genetics and genetic counseling into public health practice. Our primary strategies are educating genetic counselors about public health theory and practice, educating public health practitioners about genetics and genetic counseling, and
The number of Genetic Counselors working in public health has increased over the last few years and opportunities for genetic counselors to work in public health are expected to increase in the future. Genetic counselors coordinate state genetics programs and projects, educate the public and health care providers about genetic issues, work in state chronic disease programs to integrate genomics into their activities and administer screening programs.
Many practicing Genetic Counselors routinely participate in activities that they may or may not think of as being public health-related, e.g. serving on advisory committees and testifying at legislative hearings. Also, genetic counselors
Being a member of the Public Health SIG enables those of us with a professional role or interest in public health genomics to help one another, serve as a collective resource on this topic both within and outside NSGC, and to influence and promote the integration of genetics and genetic counseling into public health practice. Here are some examples of some recent and current happenings. An article, currently published online ahead of
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