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Family Health History in Primary Care and Public Health

Originally broadcast March 18, 2010

Howard P. Levy, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine and McKusick-Nathans Institute of Genetic Medicine, Clinical Director, Johns Hopkins Internal Medicine at Green Spring Station

Michael Stehney, MD, MPH
Director, Family Medicine Residency Program, Middlesex Hospital

For several years, the Surgeon General’s “My Family Health Portrait” tool has been available to the public, and individuals and families have been encouraged to discuss their family health histories at family reunions and Thanksgiving celebrations. The expectation is that knowledge about family health history will inform risk assessment and serve as the basis for offering patients appropriately tailored preventive interventions such as diet, exercise or other lifestyle changes, education about signs and symptoms to facilitate earlier recognition of disease, alternative screening protocols, and, if appropriate, prophylactic pharmaceutical or surgical interventions. In the face of direct-to-consumer marketing of genetic tests, medical and public health professionals must understand why family history is important in the assessment of chronic disease risk, what tools are available to assess family health history information and how to incorporate family health history tools and information into chronic disease prevention initiatives.

Program Objectives
After watching this broadcast participants will be able to:

  • Describe the role/relevance of family health history in the prevention and control of chronic disease.
  • Explain how to use the Surgeon General’s “My Family Health Portrait” instrument.
  • Describe the use of family health history in the assessment and management of chronic disease.

Continuing Education Credits

School of Public Health, University at Albany is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Massachusetts Association of Registered Nurses, Inc., an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

It has been assigned Provider Code PA# 157N.

Course code PA# 157N-228; 1.0 contact hour.

School of Public Health, University at Albany is accredited by the MSSNY to provide continuing medical education (CME) for physicians. The School designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s).™ Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This activity is sponsored by the School of Public Health, University at Albany, SUNY, a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. This program is designated for the CHES to receive 1.0 Category 1 CECH in health education.

Continuing education credits are available until March 2013.

The planners and presenters do not have any financial arrangements or affiliations with any commercial entities whose products, research or services may be discussed in this activity.

No commercial funding has been accepted for this activity.