Do you know or belong to a group who might like to have a certified genetic counselor speak about 23andMe or another particular topic related to at-home genetic testing? I'm available for this type of live video chat.
A while back, a group of women contacted me to ask if I'd present a webinar to their discussion group. For decades, the group of women had gotten together every month to discuss a topic, and their upcoming topic of choice was 23andMe. Group members had all sent in their DNA and sought a genetic counselor to educate them all about how to understand their reports and use the information in them.
The women's group was in Colorado, and I live in central Virginia, so we arranged for the presentation and discussion to take place over webcam during their regular group meeting time. I shared my computer screen as we chatted, and we interacted with some of the 23andMe online reports live and in real time.
I could see the room with my video chat functionality, and they were able to see me. We talked about the ever-changing list of health, trait, and wellness reports from 23andMe, reviewed DNA testing for ancestry and for matching cousins and other family, and concluded with a discussion about the raw data files 23andMe allows you to download.
We chatted about what it means to have this type of testing, and I answered questions for the group with the remaining time. It was a fantastic opportunity for me to hear what concerns different test-takers have and it provided an opportunity for them to have a genetic counselor on hand and learn from the Q&As. I don't think any of us wanted the conversation to end at the end of the hour. I could happily chat about this topic for hours on end, if not days!
Any of the women in the group who had lingering questions or specific concerns about their reports were encouraged to reach out to me afterward and find out about scheduling an individual session with myself or a colleague who is in the Genome Medical network.
A genetic counseling session with a certified genetic counselor allows other factors like medical and family history to be factored in and DNA test results to be viewed in context. Since 23andMe offers a mere sliver of the information contained in your DNA, it's place to start but not to finish.
Do you know or belong to a group who might like to have me speak about 23andMe or another particular topic related to at-home genetic testing? If you have an Internet connection and an ability to broadcast a computer desktop to a large TV or screen, you're golden. Don't have this capability where your group usually meets? Look into seeing whether a local library would allow you to reserve a conference or meeting room with AV equipment.
Groups, graduate training programs, and other professional training programs: Reach out to me if you want to find out more about scheduling a web presentation for your group. A live video presentation and a Q&A are a great way to get the most up-to-date information to your group about the fast-changing world of direct-to-consumer genetics.