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Public Health Genomics

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Genetic Alliance in partnership with the CDC Office of Public Health Genomics is excited to announce the launch of a new video focused on public health genomics! This video is part of a larger effort to reach state public health departments and encourage the creation or expansion of programs focused on screening and prevention for these conditions.  Genetic Alliance has also worked with the CDC to create two additional videos that share information with state departments of public health on implementing their own programs. As part of the new CDC Tier 1 Genomic Applications Toolkit for Public Health Departments, these videos focus on successful state programs and steps for further expansion and implementation.

Using Genomics to Prevent Cancer Now

 Please link to this video on your website, and share it with anyone who might be interested.

To learn more about this effort and public health genomics, watch our webinar replay, Public Health Genomics In Practice: State Strategies for Preventing Heritable Cancer and Cardiovascular Syndromes, a webinar from Genetic Alliance and APHA’s Genomics Forum.

Public Health Genomics Implementation to Save Lives -
From National Vision to State Success
  Tier 1 Genomic Applications and Pioneer/Trail Blazing States

More than one million people in the United States are at increased risk for adverse health outcomes due to Lynch syndrome and hereditary breast/ovarian cancer. Because at present these conditions are often not identified by the healthcare system, many individuals and families affected by them are not aware that they are at risk; however, early detection and intervention could significantly reduce morbidity and mortality. This video produced by Genetic Alliance in partnership with CDC features Dr. Muin Khoury of CDC; Dr. Francis Collins, Director of the NIH; Dr. Bob Croyle of NCI; Deb Duquette of the Michigan Department of Community Health; and other prominent public health and healthcare provider, payer, and patient leaders. The video includes a primary focus on cancer, specifically Lynch syndrome and hereditary breast and ovarian cancer, and includes specific key steps to be taken, the crucial importance of partners, lessons learned, results, and next steps.


Sharon Terry, President & CEO of Genetic Alliance interviews state public health pioneers who have successfully used genomics in a measurable way. These state leaders describe in detail the challenges and rewards of implementing evidence based public health genomics applications toward the goal of saving lives. The benefits of effective partnership with health care providers and payers are emphasized as well as innovative approaches to issues of health care coverage and bi-directional reporting. Actual examples and keys to success are described which other states and partners interested in public health genomics can benefit from when implementing their own innovative programs.


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