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Public Health Approach to Big Data in the Age of Genomics: How Can we Separate Signal from Noise?

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The term Big Data is used to describe massive volumes of both structured and unstructured data that is so large and complex it is difficult to process and analyze. Examples of big data include the following: diagnostic medical imaging, DNA sequencing and other molecular technologies, environmental exposures, behavioral factors, financial transactions, geographic information & social Read More >

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Epigenetics and Public Health: Why We Should Pay Attention

In September 2014, one of us (MJK) spoke on the topic of epigenetics at the Annual Meeting of the Association for State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO). ASTHO is a national organization representing public health agencies in the United States. ASTHO members formulate and influence public health policy and practice. In the midst of a Read More >

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Is Genomics Widening the Schism Between Medicine and Public Health?

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In 2007, we published a paper entitled: “Will genomics heal or widen the schism between medicine and public health?” We explored the long standing split between medicine and public health and how the emergence of genomics and other technologies can affect it. The “schism” was identified by Kerr White in his 1991 book in which Read More >

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Public Health Genomics to Save Lives: Available Tools, Actual Examples, Real Success

1. Set Goals by Assessing Data and Available Resources 2. Build Partnerships 3. Conduct Surveillance 4. Provide Info to Policy Makers 5. Make Education Available to the Public 6. Implement Bi-directional Reporting 7. Conduct Surveilance and Assess Results

  Announcing New Tier 1 CDC Public Health Genomics Toolkit and Video Resources Impact… Scalability… Innovation… Evidence-based interventions… Surveillance and evaluation… Partnerships… Timely information to health care, the public, and decision makers… Commitment… These elements are crucial to any public health accomplishment and are recurring themes in 2 new public health genomics resources. Nearly 2 Read More >

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Public Health Genomics Highlights 2013

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At the end of each year, we read about top lists of major events, accomplishments, and milestones. These lists are produced by journal editors, institutions and opinion leaders.  CDC is no exception. In December 2013, CDC published its top 5 accomplishments for 2013, which include the Tips from former smokers campaign, outbreak investigations featuring pathogen Read More >

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Public Health Genomics in Action: Reducing Morbidity and Mortality from Familial Hypercholesterolemia

Discussion Panel at the Familial Hypercholesterolemia Summit

In September, 2013, I participated in the International Familial Hypercholesterolemia (FH) Summit  in Annapolis, Maryland. The event was sponsored by the FH Foundation, a patient-centered organization formed in 2011 to raise awareness about the condition and to develop actions for saving lives of patients and families with FH.  The meeting brought together, from the US Read More >

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Why We Can’t Wait: A Public Health Approach to Health Disparities in Genomic Medicine

six circles surrounding a circle including this text: Ensuring Effective and Responsible Use of Genomic Medicine to Improve Population Health. Circle 1 text: Community. Circle 2 text: Health Care Delivery System. Circle 3 text: Employers and Business. Circle 4 text: The Media. Circle 5 text: Academia. Circle 6 text: Governmental Public Health Infrastucture

In May 2013, I attended and presented at the “Why We Can’t Wait Conference to Eliminate Health Disparities in Genomic Medicine.”  The conference was organized by the University of Miami and Stanford University, with attendees and speakers from academia, consumer organizations, government agencies, public health, clinical practice, and the private sector. A key rationale for Read More >

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Implementing Evidence-based Genomics Recommendations at the Intersection of Public Health and Healthcare

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We take the opportunity of March 22, 2013, designated as Lynch Syndrome Awareness Day by 13 U.S. state governors and counting, to highlight state public health genomics programs that are taking innovative approaches to implement evidence-based genomic testing recommendations for hereditary cancer syndromes, including Lynch syndrome.  Read More >

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Public Health Genomics: 15 Years On

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In 2012, the United States and the United Kingdom marked 15 years of public health genomics, a multidisciplinary field that deals with the effective and responsible translation of genome-based science to improve population health. Fifteen years ago, a new era of personalized healthcare and disease prevention seemed only around the corner. However, the promise of Read More >

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New Strategies For Public Health Genomics Beyond Newborn Screening

Opening speaker, Dr. Ursula Bauer Director, NCCDPHP discusses a point later in the day with Dr. Khoury, OPHG Director

A Working Meeting and an Action Plan to Save Lives Now Nearly 2 million Americans are affected by one of three genetic conditions with a strong risk of early morbidity and mortality: BRCA 1/2 and hereditary breast and ovarian cancer; Lynch syndrome and colorectal , endometrial and ovarian cancer; and familial hypercholesterolemia and early cardiovascular events.  At Read More >

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