Kari Branham, MS, CGC
2023 NSGCares Community Engagement Award
NSGCares Community Engagement Award
This award shall be presented to a genetic counselor who demonstrates outstanding engagement in their community. NSGCares recognizes that community can take many forms and broadly defines it as “a group of people with a common characteristic or interest”. Involvement with a community may be on a local scale (such as city, place of employment, with patients/families, etc.) or a global scale (such as genetics professionals, advocacy groups, etc.) Candidates will be considered based on one or more of the following criteria:
- Exemplifies the core values of NSGCares by showing compassion and creating connection within a community
- Demonstrates active and ongoing commitment to community engagement that is relevant to, sustainable, and reflective of the values of genetic counseling
- Promotes the well-being, health, development and/or achievements of their community
- Exhibits innovative ways of serving their community
Lori Williamson Dean, MS, CGC
2023 Leader in Cultural Advocacy Award
In addition, Lori Williamson Dean (UMGCP Alumna and previous Diane Baker Alumni Awardee) was announced as the recipient of the 2023 NSGC Leader in Cultural Advocacy Award.
Leader in Cultural Advocacy
The Leader in Cultural Advocacy Award recognizes an individual demonstrating significant dedication to cultural advocacy to stakeholders, patients and communities outside of the genetic counseling profession. Cultural advocacy may include, but is not limited to, exploring or elevating person-focused experiences across race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, and/or spoken/understood language. Candidates will be considered based on one or more of the following criteria:
- Significant work with under-represented populations, such as: providing multilingual genetic counseling services, coordinating/conducting research with underserved or vulnerable populations, and developing/disseminating accessible health information
- Significant contributions in addressing/eliminating health care disparities in genetics/genomics/genetic counseling
- Education of lay/healthcare communities regarding genetics/genetic counseling/genetic technology in underserved populations, vulnerable populations, or an international venue
- Expansion of services, which may include, but is not limited to, the establishment of genetic counseling clinics or services outside of the United States
Past NSGC Leadership Award Winners
To view a listing of past NSGC Leadership Awards recipients, click here.
Thank you to NSGC members for your continued support of this program and congratulations again to our winners!