Want to get more involved in ASHG advocacy activities? Here’s how.

10 Ways to be a Genetics Advocate!

Become an ASHG Advocate and speak  out in support of human genetics and federal science funding.

Resident of the U.S.? Contact your elected representatives via the ASHG Advocacy Center about the value of genetics research and its translation into health advances. Federal investments in science funding are pivotal to sustaining the continued progress of biological and biomedical sciences. Make the case for robust, predictable, and sustained budget increases for science funding agencies.

The Annual Meeting is a timely opportunity to learn more about genetics policy issues and meet other members engaged in policy and advocacy work. Attend the Policy Luncheon to hear from a diverse group of experts about a relevant policy topic.

Honor an individual or group for their excellence, achievement, and commitment to promoting the science of human genetics and its application for the common good by nominating them for the ASHG Advocacy Award.

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Attend a local event to speak with your representative about the value of genetics research and the necessity of federal science funding. Take part in a town hall meeting or other local event to make your voice heard about the importance of robust science funding.

The local media is read by members of Congress and their staff. Send a letter-to-the-editor (LTE) or write an op-ed to spread the word about the importance of genetics research and federal funding for science. Use these FASEB tips on submitting an op-ed or LTE.  Alternatively, post a blog on a local online forum.

By volunteering for the ASHG Social Issues Committee, you can play an important role in developing statements on key genetics issues.  Look out for future opportunities to volunteer for committee service.

Giving your Members of Congress a tour of your laboratory is an effective way of talking to them about the value of genetic research. Offer a lab tour to your Members of Congress to show them how federal funding supports research in their state or district.

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