242935 Genetics for Early Disease Detection and Intervention (GEDDI)

Monday, October 31, 2011: 9:15 AM

James O'Leary, BS , Chief Innovation Officer, Genetic Alliance, Washington, DC
Amanda Field, MPH , Public Health Programs Manager, Genetic Alliance, Washington, DC
Sharon F. Terry, MA , CEO, Genetic Alliance, Washington, DC
Millions of individuals could benefit from early disease detection and intervention, facilitated by a closer partnership between clinical medicine and public health. Genetics for Early Disease Detection and Intervention to Improve Health Outcomes (GEDDI) is a collaborative initiative funded by the CDC's Office of Public Health Genomics that analyzes and initiates a systematic approach for detection and intervention using clinical, genetic, and family health history information. The GEDDI Working Group has developed a white paper that explores a paradigm shift in the use of genetic testing for early disease detection. The working group also evaluated the nuances of applying existing criteria developed by the Secretary's Advisory Committee on Heritable Disorders in Newborns and Children, to conditions that would be appropriately screened for at different life-stages. Hearing loss, Familial hypercholesterolemia, Lynch syndrome and Duchenne muscular dystrophy are the four exemplar conditions the group selected to highlight the challenges and opportunities of life-stage and cascade approaches to screening. For the session, we will discuss the challenges and opportunities of life-stage and cascade approaches to screening. We will also present plans for large-scale initiatives that will address the infrastructure gaps hindering the successful implementation of these screening approaches.

Learning Areas:
Chronic disease management and prevention
Clinical medicine applied in public health
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Public health or related organizational policy, standards, or other guidelines

Learning Objectives:
Discuss the challenges and opportunities of different approaches to genetic screening. Design a successful public health initiative that integrates genetics and public health to improve early detection and health outcomes.

Keywords: Genetics, Screening

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I oversee Genetic Alliance's initiatives in public health genomics and have extensive experience in community health and genetics. I am also past chair of the American Public Health Association's Genomics Forum.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.