Strategies, actions, and outcomes of pilot state programs in public health genomics, 2003-2008

Prev Chronic Dis. 2014 Jun 12;11:E97. doi: 10.5888/pcd11.130267.


State health departments in Michigan, Minnesota, Oregon, and Utah explored the use of genomic information, including family health history, in chronic disease prevention programs. To support these explorations, the Office of Public Health Genomics at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provided cooperative agreement funds from 2003 through 2008. The 4 states' chronic disease programs identified advocates, formed partnerships, and assessed public data; they integrated genomics into existing state plans for genetics and chronic disease prevention; they developed projects focused on prevention of asthma, cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and other chronic conditions; and they created educational curricula and materials for health workers, policymakers, and the public. Each state's program was different because of the need to adapt to existing culture, infrastructure, and resources, yet all were able to enhance their chronic disease prevention programs with the use of family health history, a low-tech "genomic tool." Additional states are drawing on the experience of these 4 states to develop their own approaches.

Publication types

  • Multicenter Study
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Capacity Building
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S.
  • Chronic Disease / prevention & control*
  • Community Health Planning*
  • Genetic Testing
  • Genomics / education
  • Genomics / trends*
  • Human Genome Project
  • Humans
  • Leadership
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Oregon
  • Outcome Assessment, Health Care / methods*
  • Pilot Projects
  • Population Surveillance
  • Program Development
  • Public Health / trends*
  • State Government*
  • United States
  • Utah
  • Workforce