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Family History Public Health Initiative

In 2002, the Office of Public Health Genomics (OPHG) started the Family History Public Health Initiative to increase awareness of family history as an important risk factor for common chronic diseases such as cancer, heart disease, and diabetes, and to promote its use in programs aimed at reducing the burden of these diseases in the U.S. population.

The initiative has four main activities:

  • Conducting research to define, measure, and assess family history in populations and individuals
  • Developing and evaluating tools for collecting family history
  • Evaluating whether family history-based strategies work
  • Promoting evidence-based applications of family history to health professionals and the public

Family History Resources

Publications and Reports