APHMG invites all members to get involved in helping us to grow as an organization!

We have a few areas in which we would like to develop and are looking for volunteers.  Please take a moment to read each committee description below, then complete the Committee Interest Form to indicate your willingness to join or lead any of the proposed teams.  We anticipate each committee will have 4-6 conference calls per year.  If you have any additional questions, feel free to reach out to Shoumita Dasgupta.

Join a Committee

Are you interested in getting more involved in APHMG?  Let us know how you would like to participate - complete the form below and you will be contacted with more details on how you can make a difference.

Committee Interest Form

Membership Committee

This committee is charged with building our membership by:

  1. Identifying lapsed member institutions and engaging with their representatives.
  2. Identifying institutions that have not previously been a member and connecting with them.
  3. Considering ways to connect with sister organizations like the NSGC.

Sponsorship and Fundraising Committee

This committee is charged with increasing our resource base through sponsorships and grant opportunities by:

  1. Identifying lapsed sponsors and reestablishing contact with them.
  2. Identifying new potential sponsors and developing a relationship with them.
  3. Considering the sponsorship model and whether earmarking funds for specific purposes might improve investing.
  4. Identify potential grant opportunities and spearhead applying for them.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee

This committee is charged with identifying opportunities for APHMG to improve diversification of our field by:

  1. Growing strategic relationships with minority-serving institutions and their student interest groups.
  2. Creating opportunities for trainees, especially trainees of color, to explore the field, to present at our meeting, and to attend our meeting.
  3. Work with the Sponsorship and Fundraising Committee to identify potential grant opportunities relevant for this mission.

Social Media and Website Committee

This committee is charged with improving communications by:

  1. Revamping our social media footprint with news items of interest.
  2. Generating news stories and member features (e.g. publications, promotions, awards, etc.) for our website.
  3. Provide input on website content, including aspects related to the Genetics Education Resource Exchange (GERE).
  4. Propose new ways to advertise our annual meeting through these and related means. 

Dear Colleagues,

We write to you today during a time of unprecedented loss. In the midst of a global pandemic, senseless deaths due to structural racism and police brutality continue. Our collective grief rages as our core values of equity and inclusion are challenged by events we see play out far too frequently, especially in the Black community, and most recently involving George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery.

As our nation struggles to find our way out of darkness and towards a more just society, we scientists, clinicians, and educators seek ways to turn anguish into action. We must unite to condemn racism, but that response alone is inadequate. We must also empower our community to acknowledge privilege for those who benefit from it and to help disseminate tools to dismantle structural racism. Some of that will come in the form of the educational programs we lead. Geneticists are in the unique position of being able to underscore our common humanity with evidence from our collective genomic history. It is up to us to create inclusive training environments where these topics are explored and used to shine a light on systems of care in our country.

APHMG is in the midst of establishing a series of new committees in our organization, and we will be seeking volunteers soon to help us do the important work of outreach and engagement with genetics educators and trainees of color. In the meantime, we ask you all to carefully consider how your classrooms and clinics can promote the ideals of inclusion in order to work towards eliminating healthcare disparities. We are providing some Diversity Resources to help you get started on this critical call to action.

Most importantly, we remain committed to healing and learning together, and we welcome your thoughts and additional suggestions.

Yours in Solidarity,

Shoumita Dasgupta, PhD, Past President       Katherine M. Hyland, PhD, President         

Cynthia M. Powell, MD, Past-President           Steve Moore, PhD, Secretary/Treasurer   

Kathryn Garber, PhD, Council Member          Anna C.E. Hurst, MD, MS, Council Member

Hope Northrup, PhD, Council Member

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