Strategies, actions, and outcomes of pilot state programs in public health genomics, 2003-2008

Jeanette St Pierre, Janice Bach, Debra Duquette, Kristen Oehlke, Robert Nystrom, Kerry Silvey, Amy Zlot, Rebecca Giles, Jenny Johnson, H. Mack Anders, Marta Gwinn, Scott Bowen*, Muin J. Khoury

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State health departments in Michigan, Minnesota, Oregon, and Utah explored the use of genomic information, including family health history, in chronic diseaseprevention programs. To support these explorations, the Office of Public Health Genomics at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provided cooperative agreement funds from 2003 through 2008. The 4 states' chronic disease programs identified advocates, formed partnerships, and assessed public data; they integrated genomics into existing state plans for genetics and chronic disease prevention; they developed projects focused on prevention of asthma,cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and other chronic conditions; and they created educational curricula and materials for health workers, policymakers, and the public. Each state's program was different because of the need to adapt to existing culture, infrastructure, and resources, yet all were able to enhance their chronic disease prevention programs with the use of family health history, a low-tech "genomic tool." Additional states are drawing on the experience of these 4 states to develop their ownapproaches.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number130267
JournalPreventing Chronic Disease
StatePublished - 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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