Online Program

Know your family ancestry, conditions, traits, and traditions (FACTs) DC: Genomic education and risk assessment services

Monday, November 4, 2013 : 9:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.

Nicole Thompson, MS, Cancer Center, Howard University, Washington, DC
JaVeatrice Bonner, College of Science, Department of Chemistry, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA
Bradford Wilson, PhD, Department of Pediatrics & Child Health, Division of Genetics, Howard University, Washington, DC
Cherie L. Spencer, MS, National Cancer Institute's Cancer Information Service, Howard University, Washingtn, DC
Carla D. Williams, PhD, Howard University Cancer Center, Washington, DC
Amari Pearson-Fields, PhD, Cancer Control and Screening Program Community Health Administration, DC Department of Health, Washington, DC
Luisel Ricks-Santi, PhD, Department of Pediatrics and Child Health, Division of Genetics, Howard University College of Medicine, Washington, DC
Family health history is a practical, cost-effective, and engaging tool that is important in identifying individuals at an increased risk for heritable conditions. The “Know Your FACTs©” (KYF) community education program aimed to encourage minorities to discuss their family health history with their family members and primary care physicians, to accurately assess risks and develop care plans accordingly. Brochures educating about family health history were distributed in community-based settings. Surveys were administered to determine intentions to use and share their family health history after the use of the KYF tool. A total of 45 surveys were collected, where the majority (91%) answered that they “intend to use the family health history collection tool” and (91%) “intend to share the tool with their family members”. Similarly, the majority (87%) answered that they “will seek cancer screening after use of the tool” and that they “will share their family health history tool with their doctor (87%).” For those who shared the tool with their physicians, 58% of the physicians made recommendations based on their family history vs. 42% did not make recommendations. Many participants answered that they would make lifestyle changes (31% will do breast self-exams, 27% will change their diets, 38% will exercise more, and 9% will quit smoking). These findings support the implementation of our “Know Your FACTs©” program, showing that the community is interested in their health and that our efforts to increase awareness of family health history also increased referrals to genetic counseling services at Howard University.

Learning Areas:

Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Advocacy for health and health education
Assessment of individual and community needs for health education
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Public health or related education

Learning Objectives:
Demonstrate the effectiveness of family health history collection tools in African American and Hispanic communities to increase awareness and access to genetic services

Keyword(s): Genetics, Community Education

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have focused my work and conducted research on determining the health needs within ethnically diverse communities, in turn, addressing those needs through educational tools and programs. My degree in Genetic Counseling allows me to interact with these communities regarding genetics and health, and my scientific interests in developing tools to meet their needs qualifies me to discuss the findings of our study.
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.