Health Disparities in Implementation of Genomic Medicine: Challenges and Opportunities

August 24, 2018, 10:00-12:00 pm EDT
CDC Chamblee Campus, Building 107,  Room 1A

Tuya Pal

Tuya Pal, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine,
Division of Genetic Medicine,
Vanderbilt University Medical Center


Megan Roberts

Megan Roberts, PhD
Assistant Professor,
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill,
Eshleman School of Pharmacy

Rapid advances in genomic technologies are providing emerging opportunities for improving health and preventing disease. However, concerns remain that genomic medicine could widen health disparities by not reaching medically underserved communities. Public health approaches are needed to ensure equitable access to genomic medicine for people of all races and ethnicities, socioeconomic levels, and geographic areas (e.g., rural vs urban).

In this seminar, presenters will discuss the state of science on health disparities in the implementation of genomic medicine and how public health can address these disparities:


  • Dr. Pal will discuss health disparities in genetic testing and services
    related to hereditary breast and ovarian cancers.
  • Dr. Roberts will review health disparities in the implementation of
    cascade screening for hereditary cancers and heart disease.
  • Dr. Roberts will describe how implementation science approaches
    can be used to address health disparities.
  • Office of Public Health Genomics, Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology and Laboratory Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • CDC University
Page last reviewed: July 18, 2018