3032.0 Novel applications of genomics and family health history in public health

Monday, November 9, 2009: 8:30 AM
The field of public health genomics is built on the idea that integration of human genome-based information, such as family health history or genetic risk factors, into public health research, policy, and programs can lead to new and improved ways to prevent diseases and improve health. The publicís interpretation and use of genomics and family history is influenced by many factors, including race, age, educational background, ethnicity, and income level. At present, we have limited knowledge of the impact or interaction of these varied factors. Additionally, research is needed to assess the current status of the integration of family history into healthcare, as well as to explore novel ways of improving delivery in the future. This session will highlight a number of projects addressing these areas of need by exploring the way that family health history is currently being used, as well as the influence that race and ethnicity plays in framing ideas around personalized medicine and genomics. The experiences of four state health departments in integrating genomic information into their stateís healthcare system will also be reported.
Session Objectives: 1. Describe the experiences of four state health departments in integrating human genome-based information and applications into chronic disease prevention and health promotion efforts. 2. Explain the process, context, and outcomes of family health history discussions in a low-income primary care setting. 3. Analyze the effects of ethnic and racial cues on public opinion about genetics and personalized medicine.
Patricia Page, MS, CGC

9:30 AM
Identifying barriers to genetic literacy among African Americans and Latinos in the community
Catharine Wang, PhD, MSc, Rachel E. Gallo, BS, Carmen J. Breen-Lopez, BA, Gwendolyn A. Smith, RN, MS/MBA, Julie Cousler Emig, MSW, Rosalyn Beene-Harris, MPH, Linda Fleisher, MPH and Suzanne M. Miller, PhD

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Organized by: Genomics Forum

CE Credits: Medical (CME), Health Education (CHES), Nursing (CNE), Public Health (CPH)

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