Utilizing Public Health Frameworks and Partnerships to Ensure Equity in DNA-Based Population Screening

Elyse Azriel, Candace Henley, Joan Ehrhardt, Heather Hampel, Anna Newlin, Erica Ramos, Catherine Wicklund, Debra Duquette*

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DNA-Based population screening in the United States has the promise to improve the health of all people in all communities. We highlight recent DNA-based population screening examples at the state, local, and individual level. Key public health principles and concepts with a focus on equity appear to be lacking in current efforts. We request ‘A Call to Action’ that involves all partners in DNA-based population screening. Potential actions to consider include: a) identification and elimination of systemic barriers that result in health inequities in DNA-based population screening and follow-up; b) creation of a national multidisciplinary advisory committee with representation from underserved communities; c) revisiting well-described public health screening principles and frameworks to guide new screening decisions and initiatives; d) inclusion of the updated Ten Essential Public Health Services with equity at the core in efforts at the local, state and national level.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number886755
JournalFrontiers in Genetics
StatePublished - May 13 2022


  • DNA-based screening
  • genomic screening
  • health equity
  • population screening
  • public health

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Genetics(clinical)
  • Genetics
  • Molecular Medicine


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