Next Article in Journal / Special Issue
Screening for Familial Hypercholesterolemia in Children: What Can We Learn From Adult Screening Programs?
Previous Article in Journal
The Palliative Treatment Plan as a Bone of Contention between Attending Physicians and Nurses
Previous Article in Special Issue
Infrastructure and Educational Needs of Newborn Screening Short-Term Follow-Up Programs within the Southeast Regional Newborn Screening & Genetics Collaborative: A Pilot Survey
Article Menu

Export Article

Open AccessArticle
Healthcare 2015, 3(4), 995-1017; doi:10.3390/healthcare3040995

Community-Based Family Health History Education: The Role of State Health Agencies in Engaging Medically Underserved Populations in Understanding Genomics and Risk of Chronic Disease

1
Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Northeastern University, 360 Huntington Ave Boston, MA 02115, USA
2
Department of Health Sciences, Northeastern University, 360 Huntington Ave Boston, MA 02115, USA
3
School of Pharmacy, Northeastern University, 140 Fenway, 360 Huntington Ave Boston, MA 02115, USA
*
Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Academic Editors: Cecelia A. Bellcross and Debra Duquette
Received: 8 September 2015 / Revised: 5 October 2015 / Accepted: 14 October 2015 / Published: 21 October 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Implementation of Public Health Genomics)
View Full-Text   |   Download PDF [165 KB, uploaded 21 October 2015]

Abstract

Although family health history (FHH) collection has been recognized as an influential method for assessing a person’s risk of chronic disease, studies have shown that people who are low-income, from racial and ethnic minorities, and poorly educated are less likely to collect their FHH or share it with a medical professional. Programs to raise public awareness about the importance of FHH have conventionally targeted patients in primary care clinics or in the general community, but few efforts have been made to coordinate educational efforts across settings. This paper describes a project by the Connecticut Department of Public Health’s Genomics Office to disseminate training materials about FHH as broadly as possible, by engaging partners in multiple settings: a local health department, a community health center, and two advocacy organizations that serve minority and immigrant populations. We used a mixed methods program evaluation to examine the efficacy of the FHH program and to assess barriers in integrating it into the groups’ regular programming. Our findings highlight how a state health department can promote FHH education among underserved communities. View Full-Text
Keywords: family history; genomics; chronic disease prevention; state health agencies; public health; program evaluation family history; genomics; chronic disease prevention; state health agencies; public health; program evaluation
This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. (CC BY 4.0).

Scifeed alert for new publications

Never miss any articles matching your research from any publisher
  • Get alerts for new papers matching your research
  • Find out the new papers from selected authors
  • Updated daily for 49'000+ journals and 6000+ publishers
  • Define your Scifeed now

SciFeed Share & Cite This Article

MDPI and ACS Style

Senier, L.; Shields, M.; Lee, R.; Nicoll, L.; Falzon, D.; Wiecek, E. Community-Based Family Health History Education: The Role of State Health Agencies in Engaging Medically Underserved Populations in Understanding Genomics and Risk of Chronic Disease. Healthcare 2015, 3, 995-1017.

Show more citation formats Show less citations formats

Related Articles

Article Metrics

Article Access Statistics

1

Comments

[Return to top]
Healthcare EISSN 2227-9032 Published by MDPI AG, Basel, Switzerland RSS E-Mail Table of Contents Alert
Back to Top