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Our Committees and Workgroups

 

The Genomics Forum is comprised of three functional committees and a Steering Committee. We have also organized workgroups that are addressing specific issue areas – ex.  workforce development, carrier screening, gene-environment interaction, and tier-1 applications. Other workgroups may form based on the interests of our members. Each group meets periodically via conference call and strives to fulfill the Forum’s goals. You are invited to join a committee or workgroup or to contact us for an orientation to the Forum.

 

Program Committee

Policy Committee

Membership/Communications Committee

Carrier Screening Workgroup

Gene-Environment Interaction Workgroup

Tier-1 Applications Workgroup

Workforce Development Workgroup

 

Program Committee

In coordination with general membership and the Steering Committee, the Program Committee is responsible for deciding topics for the annual call for abstracts, reviewing abstracts, and organizing the Forum's scientific program for the APHA Annual Meeting.  This committee coordinates the co-sponsorship of sessions with other Sections, Special Primary Interest Groups (SPIGs), Caucuses, and Forums. 

MEETING FREQUENCY

This group meets approximately once per month; scheduling varies and depends on the APHA program planning schedule.  See our Calendar for specific meeting times.

        Program Committee Members:
             Yawo Mawuli Akrodou
             Valerie Alexander
             Brad Anderson
             Nelson Atehortua (Chair)
             Leona Bessonova
             Vence Bonham
             Apryl Brown
             kee chan
             Alyssa Cooney
             Paul Dinh
             Vaughn Edelson
             Nicole Exe
             Amanda Field
             Maia Frieser
             Clementine Fu
             Heather Honoré Goltz
             Sarah Harding, MPH
             Tabitha Harrison
             Lianne Hasegawa-Evans
             H Dean Hosgood
             Nora Isack
             Amalia Issa, PhD, MPH
             Jessica Jones Thorne
             Amar Kanekar
             Kimberly Kaphingst (Past Chair)
             Amanda Kasper
             Megan Knaus
             Laura Koehly
             Sara Kowalczyk
             Dina Kurz
             Penny Kyler
             Elizabeth Levy
             Huiyi Lin
             Monica McClain (Co-Chair)
             Kirsty McWalter
             Michael Michalkiewicz
             Stephen Modell
             James O'Leary
             Tricia Page (Past Chair)
             Dina Paltoo
             Mona Pandey
             Scott Parsons
             K. Robin Pierce, J.D., Ph.D.
             Jody Platt
             Irene Prabhu Das
             Ashley Quackenbush (Braun)
             Kate Reed (Past Chair)
             Carla Batton Renfrow
             Dana Richter
             Sarah Scollon
             Dr. Stephen Sodeke
             Sandra Suther
             Peter Tonellato (Past Chair)
             Tung-Sung Tseng
             Elaine White
To join the Program Committee, please click this link.



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Policy Committee

The Policy Committee keeps abreast of any policies within and outside APHA in relation to genetics/genomics and communicates these to the Forum membership.  This group will work with the APHA to revise APHA's policy statements on genomics and public health and promote advocacy activities as needed.  This committee is currently (2012-2013) writing policies on cancer genomics (oncogenomics).

MEETING FREQUENCY:

The Policy Committee meets the second Monday of every month at 4pm Eastern.  See our Calendar for specific meeting times.

        Policy Committee Members:
             Valerie Alexander
             Brad Anderson
             Debmalya Barh
             Adeline Barwick
             Yvonne Bombard
             Molly Brenner
             Apryl Brown
             kee chan
             Rigel Christian
             Toby Citrin
             Andria Cornell
             Mabel Crescioni
             E. Hill DeLoney
             Paul Dinh
             Jon Entine
             Narimatsu Ethan
             Nicole Exe
             Amanda Field
             Gregory Fowler
             Maia Frieser
             Clementine Fu
             Alice Furumoto-Dawson
             Emily Galpern
             Michael Ginsburg
             Heather Honoré Goltz (Past Chair)
             Judith Graham
             Jean Grassman
             Karen Greendale
             Ella Greene-Moton
             Christina Hall
             Kathleen Helms
             Sonya Hodges
             H Dean Hosgood
             Nora Isack
             Kaye Ismail
             Amalia Issa, PhD, MPH
             Kristina Jones
             Thomas Kane
             Susan King
             Megan Knaus
             Pei Koay
             Sara Kowalczyk
             Dina Kurz
             Jamie Lamson
             Raymona Lawrence
             Annemarie Linares MD
             Chizezie Maduka (Chair)
             Gail Marcus
             Monica McClain
             Stephen Modell (Past Chair)
             Julianne O'Daniel
             James O'Leary
             Mona Pandey
             Vicki Park PhD
             Erin Payne (Past Chair)
             K. Robin Pierce, J.D., Ph.D.
             Jody Platt
             Amy Ponte
             Sharon Pritchett
             Ashley Quackenbush (Braun)
             Carla Batton Renfrow
             Dana Richter
             Catharine Riley
             TaNisha Roby
             Andrew Sardella
             Arlene Sparks
             Diane Sutcliffe
             Sharon Vaz
             Meredith Weaver
             Lauren Williams
             Nadine Wu
To join the Policy Committee, please click this link.



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Membership / Communications Committee

The Membership and Communication Committee is responsible for the recruitment and retention of Forum members, and maintaining member relations and partnerships with APHA sections, SPIGs and Caucuses.  It is also responsible for publicizing and promoting Forum activities via web and print and moderating any discussion boards/listservs.  This committee will works with Forum members interested in promoting the Forum at non-APHA events. 

MEETING FREQUENCY:

The Membership and Communications Committee meets every other month.  See our Calendar for specific meeting times.

        Membership / Communications Committee Members:
             Abha Aggarwal
             Valerie Alexander
             Brad Anderson
             Alyssa Cooney
             E. Hill DeLoney
             Mary Dunkle
             Nicole Exe (Past Chair)
             Amanda Field
             Maia Frieser (Co-Chair)
             Clementine Fu
             Gregory Peter Geba
             Heather Honoré Goltz
             Kathleen Helms (Chair)
             Valerie Hill
             H Dean Hosgood
             Nora Isack
             Amanda Kasper
             Megan Knaus
             Pei Koay
             Elizabeth Levy
             Marlene Linders
             Kristen Long
             max luis
             Tes Mersha
             Sally Meyer
             James O'Leary
             Jody Platt
             Sharon Pritchett
             Ashley Quackenbush (Braun) (Past Chair)
             Diane Sutcliffe
             Tiphané Turpin (Past Chair)
             Sharon Vaz
             Lauren Williams
             Kaija Zusevics
To join the Membership / Communications Committee, please click this link.



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Special Projects Committee

The Special Projects Committee is made up of people who can assure that the sum of projects address the 5 major topic areas central to the Forum's goals: education, health disparities, ELSI, research, and services.  The Special Projects Committee coordinates the work of the Forum's workgroups.  In 2009 there are four workgroups: Gene Environment Interaction Workgroup, Healthcare Policy Workgroup, Health Disparities Workgroup, and Workforce Development Workgroup.

MEETING FREQUENCY

TBA.  See our Calendar for specific meeting times.

        Special Projects Committee Members:
To join the Special Projects Committee, please click this link.



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Gene Environment Interaction Workgroup

The Gene by Environment Workgroup aims at reviewing and assessing gene by environment interaction knowledge and developments to identify, assess and recommend applications relevant to people’s health, as well as the implications of gene by environment interaction knowledge for research, teaching and practice.  The Workgroup is currently compiling an annotated bibliography.

To join the Gene Environment Interaction Workgroup, please click this link.



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Carrier Screening Workgroup

The Carrier Screening Working Group seeks to understand the public's expectations and needs regarding carrier screening systems and practices.  The workgroup hopes to maintain a focus on current developments in carrier screening options including direct to consumer testing, and the implications genetic information has for families and patients with genetic conditions.

To join the Carrier Screening Workgroup, please click this link.



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Workforce Development Workgroup

The charge of the Public Health Workforce Development Workgroup is to facilitate the identification and strengthening of public health workforce genomic competencies through accessible training strategies.  Special emphasis is being placed on training for state and local public health department personnel, and genomic competencies will include ethical, legal, and social issues.  The Public Health Workforce Development Workgroup, facilitated by the Center for Public Health and Community Genomics at the University of Michigan School of Public Health, is a multidisciplinary group comprised of members of the APHA Genomics Forum.

To join the Workforce Development Workgroup, please click this link.



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Tier-1 Applications Workgroup

Recently CDC’s Office of Public Health Genomics (CDC/OPHG) identified several genomic applications, most utilizing cascade screening and family health history, as having sufficient evidence of clinical utility to be implemented throughout the U.S.  Examples are programs addressing hereditary breast/ovarian cancer, Lynch Syndrome and Familial Hypercholesterolemia.  State Public Health Departments can serve as conveners of partnerships developed to achieve effective, large-scale implementation of these applications.  This Working Group will consider ways in which we might further the development and expansion of these programs by increasing awareness, providing education, assisting in partnership development, stimulating action, and participating in other relevant activities.

To join the Tier-1 Applications Workgroup, please click this link.



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