Friday, April 23, 2010

A Vision for the Future

April 23 2010 - On this National DNA Day, the National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC) announces its new vision statement: “Integrating genetics and genomics to improve health for all”.

The NSGC’s former vision statement was “to be the leading voice, authority, and advocate for the genetic counseling profession.” As we reflect on this vision, it is clear that we have met these goals; no one would question that the NSGC is the voice of the genetic counseling profession. Vision statements should be enduring and aspirational to encourage an organization to achieve loftier and loftier goals. It is time for us to push ourselves once again; it is time for change.

In crafting a new vision statement, the Board wanted to reflect the expanding roles and future prominence of genetic counselors across healthcare, public policy, education, industry, and public health. The common role of the genetic counselor across all of these environments is that we integrate genetics and genomics in a practical, personalized, and cost-effective way. Our goal is simple: ultimately, we want to improve health – for patients, for doctors, for society.

National DNA Day commemorates the successful completion of the Human Genome Project , which promised to unlock the secrets of the genome. The world needs genetic counselors to fulfill this promise – to bridge the gap from the science to the day-to-day lives of the people intended to benefit. As reflected by our new vision statement, the NSGC will lead the way.

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