The following goals were developed by the Forum members in Fall 2007.
- Represent the public health community including APHA Components and State Affiliates, the public health workforce, and others interested in public health such as 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.
While the goals were approved by a vote among the general membership in December 2007,your comments and feedback are always welcome: http://APHAGenomicsForum.blogspot.com
During the voting, we received a few comments on the goals as stated; these have been posted to the blog.