August 2003

Advisory Committee Forecasts Growth in Genetics

Catholic Health Initiatives’ Genetics Advisory Committee, formed in 2002, is helping prepare market-based organizations for the future impact of genetics on health care.

"There are rapid advancements in the science of genetics that will make it a major influence on medicine in the 21st century," said Carl Middleton, vice president of theology and ethics for Catholic Health Initiatives and chair of the Genetics Advisory Committee. "Genetics will bring us new opportunities to work more effectively with the communities we serve to prevent illness and restore health."

The committee recently surveyed market-based organizations and found that some already provide services such as pre-natal and other genetic counseling. To help the leaders of these market-based organizations network and share information with each other, Catholic Health Initiatives will hold a National Genetics Summit Meeting, January 26—28, 2004, in San Antonio, Texas. The invitation-only meeting will provide education on the latest developments in genetics to selected market-based and national leaders. "Our objective is to spark discussion and reach consensus on a direction for genetic services growth within Catholic Health Initiatives," said Middleton.

For more information on the National Genetics Summit Meeting, contact Carl Middleton at

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