Given the wide use of genetics in many medical and science disciplines, and the inaccurate historical association between race and genetics, it is critical that all clinical trainees and healthcare professionals understand the ways that policies, social and structural inequities (including but not limited to racism, homophobia, transphobia, sexism, and disability bias), communication, and cultural context shape the equitable implementation of genomic medicine for all. It is also imperative to recognize the historical roots of the biased systems in which we work, the ways in which scientists and clinicians practicing genetics contribute(d) to the healthcare disparities that emerged from these systems, and the responsibility we all share to dismantle these systems of oppression through equitable patient care, advocacy, research, and education. A clear understanding of this context along with a solid foundation in genetics and genomics will help to disentangle biological factors from social and cultural factors that contribute to health, disease risk, and outcomes, which will lead to more precise, individualized, and ethical patient care. We provide the position statements and accompanying resources below to help our community of educators to train a more inclusive genetics healthcare workforce and to broadly promote equity and inclusion.
APHMG Statement on Racial Equity (PDF, June 9, 2020)
APHMG Statement on Gender Inclusivity (coming soon)
APHMG Statement on Reproductive Health (PDF, September 8, 2021)