Category: genomics

Improving access to genetic services for underserved populations: Amish, Mennonite, and other Plain communities

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Lack of access to genetic services in rural areas could contribute to disparities in quality of care, but tailored approaches can overcome some barriers and improve care. Here we present the example of the Midwest Genetics Network (MGN) outreach with the Plain communities. Plain people are descendants of the Anabaptists who emigrated to the United Read More >

Posted on by Aditi Kantipuly, Mathew J. Edick, and Jane Pilditch, Center for Strategic Health Partnerships, Michigan Public Health Institute, Okemos, MI; Ridgely Fisk Green, Tanaq Support Services, LLC and Office of Genomics and Precision Public Health, Office of Science, Centers for Disease Control and PreventionLeave a commentTags

Calling on All of Us Public Health Scientists

The All of Us Research Program data provide a unique platform for public health scientists interested in using large-scale data to improve population health. Scientists at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and elsewhere can now access and analyze data from the National Institutes of Health’s All of Us Research Program. In this post, Read More >

Posted on by Muin J. Khoury, Katherine Kolor, Office of Genomics and Precision Public Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia; Sheri Schully, Geoffrey Ginsburg, All of Us Research Program, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MarylandLeave a commentTags

Fulfilling the Promise of Epigenetics Requires More Studies in Diverse Populations

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Two recent articles, one in Nature Genetics and another in Genome Medicine, report the lack of racial and ethnic diversity in epigenetic research. This needs to change in order to fulfill the promise of epigenetics as a tool for health equity science. Health equity is the state where everyone has a fair and just ability Read More >

Posted on by Emily Drzymalla, Danielle Rasooly, Muin J. Khoury, Office of Genomics and Precision Public Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GeorgiaLeave a commentTags

Precision Health Innovations in the Pandemic Era

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Two recent articles, one in Nature Medicine and another in Nature Biotechnology, highlight areas of health innovation that have been accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic. This blog post focuses on two precision health applications of technology—(1) genomics and (2) wearable devices and smartphone apps—that are likely to have a lasting impact beyond the pandemic. Increased Read More >

Posted on by Danielle Rasooly, Emily Drzymalla, and Muin J. Khoury, Office of Genomics and Precision Public Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Atlanta, GeorgiaLeave a commentTags

Polygenic Risk Scores in Clinical Practice? Still Making the Case

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Two recent systematic reviews show the lack of data on clinical utility of polygenic risk scores and major challenges in implementation. The Promise of Polygenic Risk Scores in Population Health Many common diseases such as cancer, diabetes, and heart disease, result from the combination of genetic factors and physical and social environmental factors. Genome-wide association Read More >

Posted on by Jeffery Osei, Department of Epidemiology, Emory University Rollins School of Public Health, Atlanta, Georgia; W. David Dotson, Marta Gwinn, Ridgely Fisk Green, Muin J. Khoury, Office of Genomics and Precision Public Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta GeorgiaLeave a commentTags ,

Population Genomic Screening is Here: We Need Evidence on Health Impact and Optimal Implementation

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A recent study identified 12 population-based genomic screening programs in the United States and described their implementation logistics and potential health impact. In the past decade, the promise of genomic screening in the general population has garnered increasing interest due to a combination of factors such as enhanced sequencing capabilities, lowered costs of testing, and Read More >

Posted on by Muin J. Khoury and W. David Dotson, Office of Genomics and Precision Public Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia2 Comments

Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop: The Resiliency of Newborn Screening Programs during the COVID-19 Pandemic

A recent article identified the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the newborn screening system and highlighted the importance of collaboration and technical assistance to ensure ongoing operations of this essential public health service. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic stressed, disrupted, and fundamentally changed the public health system in the United States. While much of the Read More >

Posted on by Amy Gaviglio, MS, CGC; Connetics Consulting, Association for Public Health Laboratories, Washington, DCLeave a commentTags

Genomics and Health Equity: Reaching Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Communities

On April 29, 2022, President Biden proclaimed May as Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Heritage month to “recognize the innumerable contributions, vibrant cultures, and rich heritage” of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders (AA and NHPIs). In addition, the proclamation highlights the Administration’s work reducing poverty among AA and NHPI families and Read More >

Posted on by Zhuo (Adam) Chen, Katherine Kolor, and Ridgely Fisk Green, Office of Genomics and Precision Public Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia * Z Chen is an Associate Professor of Health Policy and Management at the University of Georgia and serves as a guest researcher with the Office of Genomics and Precision Public HealthLeave a commentTags

Using Implementation Science Frameworks in Genomics and Precision Medicine: We Can Do Better!

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A recent scoping review identified many structured approaches to the implementation of genomics and precision medicine and limited use of implementation science frameworks. With continuous advances in genomics and accelerated translation from discovery into clinical practice, in our blog posts, we have repeatedly examined the crucial importance and emerging role of implementation science in the Read More >

Posted on by Mindy Clyne, Office of Genomics and Precision Public Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia, David Chambers, Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences, National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, Maryland, and Muin J Khoury, Office of Genomics and Precision Public Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GeorgiaLeave a comment

What is the Role of Public Health in Addressing Health Equity in Genomics and Precision Medicine?

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The following are excerpts from our recent paper in Genetics in Medicine. Although recent articles have included strong calls for a health equity agenda in genomics and precision medicine, these calls usually focus on underrepresentation of minority and ethnic populations in research.  However, to ensure that genomic discoveries can lead to improved population health outcomes, Read More >

Posted on by Muin J. Khoury, Office of Genomics and Precision Public Health, Office of Science, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention1 Comment