Category: health equity

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

Assessing Pharmacogenetic Variation in the United States to Enhance Health Equity of Pharmacogenetic Testing

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CDC’s Genetic Testing Reference Material program (GeT-RM), in the Division of Laboratory Systems will conduct a 2-year project to test 5000 DNA samples from the population-based National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) to determine the allele frequencies of 970 unique haplotypes in 150 pharmacogenes selected because they have high clinical annotation levels of evidence Read More >

Posted on by Lisa Kalman, PhD. Division of Laboratory Systems, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GeorgiaLeave a commentTags

Epigenetics: An Emerging Tool for Health Equity Science

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A recent review provides recommendations to improve the scientific investigation of the associations between epigenetic markers, socioeconomic status, and adverse health outcomes. Health equity means that everyone has the opportunity to be as healthy as possible. Health equity science studies the association between social determinants of health (SDOH) and adverse health outcomes. SDOH refer to Read More >

Posted on by Emily Drzymalla, Marta Gwinn, Muin J. Khoury, Office of Genomics and Precision Public Health, Centers for Disease Control and PreventionLeave a commentTags

Genomics and Precision Medicine 2021: Progress in Implementation, A Focus on Health Equity, and a New Public Health Initiative

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In this post, we reflect on another eventful year in genomics and precision medicine and review the emerging opportunities for the field to make an impact on population health. We use the annual review published by the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) along with our own website updates, and blogs as a springboard for Read More >

Posted on by Muin J. Khoury, Scott Bowen, W. David Dotson, Katherine Kolor, Office of Genomics and Precision Public Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GeorgiaLeave a commentTags , ,

Toward Achieving Health Equity for People with Genetic Disorders

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If health equity is about making sure that everyone has the opportunity to be as healthy as possible, public health efforts to achieve health equity must include people with genetic disorders. Some might consider having a genetic disorder a health inequity itself—one present from birth and over which affected individuals have limited control. Thousands of Read More >

Posted on by Muin J. Khoury, Ridgely Fisk Green, Katherine Kolor, Office of Genomics and Precision Public Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia2 CommentsTags

Public Health Genomics Priorities Through a Health Equity Lens

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Achieving Health Equity in Genomics and Precision Medicine is More Important than Ever The CDC Office of Genomics and Precision Public Health is undergoing strategic planning to identify priorities and actions for genomics and precision medicine. As we embark on this work, we are focusing on health equity. The potential for genomics and precision medicine Read More >

Posted on by Muin J. Khoury, Scott Bowen, David Dotson, and Katherine Kolor, Office of Genomics and Precision Public Health, Office of Science, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GeorgiaLeave a commentTags

Personal Reflections on Genomics, Health Equity, and Public Health

My nephew, Eddie, and niece, Sheri, were lively, witty, high-spirited, active, bright, and full of hope. Eddie dreamed of becoming a professional baseball player, while Sheri aspired to become a mathematical engineer. But their childhood diagnoses with a type of kidney disease called nephrotic syndrome ended those dreams. While nephrotic syndrome can be inherited, we Read More >

Posted on by Michelle Rose, Office of Science Scientific Rotation 2020–2021 cohort, and Ridgely Fisk Green, Office of Genomics and Precision Public HealthLeave a commentTags