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APHA Genomics Forum First Business Meeting Monday, November 5, 2007 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. APHA 135 th Annual Meeting: Politics, Policy, & Public Health What is a Forum? WE ARE Thank You Tonight’s agenda Welcome and Introductions (5 minutes) Background of the Forum (15 minutes)

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apha genomics forum

APHA Genomics Forum

First Business Meeting

Monday, November 5, 2007

6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

APHA 135th Annual Meeting:

Politics, Policy, & Public Health

tonight s agenda
Tonight’s agenda
  • Welcome and Introductions (5 minutes)
  • Background of the Forum (15 minutes)
  • Discussion and Final approval of goals, structure (15 minutes)
  • Workforce competency presentation and discussion (45 minutes)
    • Guest speaker: W. Andrew Faucett, MS, CGC
    • Director, Genomics and Public Health Program Emory University School of Medicine
  • Committee/ Action Group sign-up and discussions (40 minutes)
background of the forum
Background of the Forum
  • Intro to Forums
  • History
  • Present Accomplishments
  • Future Accomplishments
what do forums do
What do Forums do?
  • Work on a specific issue that is:
    • important to public health
    • crosses disciplinary and section or SPIG boundaries
    • requires expertise that may reside in more than one section or SPIG, and
    • supports APHA's mission. 



  • Listserv
  • Membership
  • Core leadership
  • Competencies working group
  • Website
  • NHGRI Roundtable
  • Apha.genomics@umich.edu
  • Anyone who is on the listserv can use it to send announcements, questions, etc.
  • 207 Members
    • 111 APHA Members
  • 34 states and 6 countries
  • 18 Sections/ SPIGs
membership sectors of public health
Membership – Sectors of Public Health

Based on Sectors identified in the IOM 2003 report, “The Future of the Public’s Health in the 21st Century

  • Chair
    • Jody Platt Garcia
  • Co-Chair
    • EmyLou S. Rodriguez
  • Secretary
    • Liz Levy
genomics competencies working group
Genomics Competencies Working Group
  • Compiled and organized genomics resources
  • Organized today’s presentation by Andy Faucett of the CDC and Emory University
    • "CDC Genomics Competencies for the Public Health Workforce"
  • Identified additional projects


  • Announcements
  • Meeting records
  • Online directory of members
  • Links
  • Blog
future accomplishments
Future Accomplishments
  • Sponsor scientific sessions
  • Further develop website(s)
  • Update APHA policies
  • APHA Learning Institute
  • Endorsement of workforce competencies
  • …To be decided

APHA Genomics Forum

  • Draft Goals (See handout)
  • Represent the public health community including APHA Components and State Affiliates, the public health workforce, and others interested in public health (government, community, advocacy, academia, healthcare, business, and the media).
  • Work within APHA Sections, SPIGs, Caucuses, and State Affiliates to promote workforce competency in genomics, including an improved understanding of the relevance and impact of genomics on public health.
  • Engage public health and health care communities and others in projects and activities that increase the awareness, knowledge, and skills of genetic services as these services relate to:
    • The ethical, legal, and social issues surrounding genetics/ genomics/ epigenetics;
    • The relationships and relevance of genomics to public health, health care, and health disparities;
    • Professional and public education; and
    • Other areas as generated by Forum members.
  • Guide policy by proposing updates to existing APHA policies on genetics, genomics, and epigenetics, and creating new position statements and opportunities for advocacy.
  • Create opportunities for networking.