This presentation provided Science Ambassadors with information about how knowledge of family health history can be used to assess risk for common diseases, influence early disease detection, and target and prioritize disease prevention strategies. The lecture gave an overview of a variety of studies that have explored the use of family health history in public health.
Dr. Paula Yoon is an epidemiologist in the Office of Genomics and Disease Prevention (OGDP) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta. Since joining OGDP in 2000, Dr. Yoon’s primary activities have been leading a public health initiative to evaluate the use of family history information for assessing risk for common diseases and influencing early detection and prevention strategies; and assisting other CDC programs with integrating genomics into their programs and research. Dr. Yoon joined CDC in 1994 as an Epidemic Intelligence Service fellow in the Birth Defects and Genetic Diseases Branch. There she was the principal investigator of an eight-state study of genetic and environmental causes of birth defects. Prior to CDC, Dr. Yoon worked with the World Health Organization, the International Labour Office, the United Nations Subcommittee on Nutrition, and the Johns Hopkins Institute for International Programs. Dr. Yoon received her MPH in 1987 and her ScD in 1993 from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.
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