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Healthy choices through family history: a community approach to family history awareness.

Petruccio, Claudia and Mills Shaw, Kenna R and Boughman, Joann and Fernandez, Carlos and Harlow, Ilana and Kruesi, Margaret and Kyler, Penny and Lloyd-Puryear, Michele A and O'Leary, James and Skillman, Amy and Terry, Sharon and McKain, Fredrika (2008) Healthy choices through family history: a community approach to family history awareness. Community genetics, 11 (6). pp. 343-351. ISSN 1422-2833

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BACKGROUND: The importance of family health history data in health care is widely acknowledged. Few individuals report having collected this information from their own family. METHODS: This project implemented a community-based approach to design and pilot a linguistically and culturally appropriate family health history collection toolkit for two minority populations in Harrisburg, Pa. RESULTS: The toolkit relied on oral traditions and family stories as a way to successfully introduce genetics education and family health history to these populations. Participants not only found the tool engaging and culturally appropriate, they were also able to obtain information that they were likely to share with their physician. CONCLUSION: While limited in scope, this project provides a model to other communities for the design, pilot testing, and implementation of a community-based public health initiative regarding family health histories.

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Additional Information: This article is available at the publisher’s Web site. Access to the full text is subject to the publisher’s access restrictions.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Family history, Family health history, Health disparities, Cultural competency, Linguistic competency, Oral history
Subjects: Health > Public Health
Research > Genetics and Race
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Date Deposited: 24 Jul 2011 16:35
Last Modified: 24 Jul 2011 16:35
Link to this item (URI): http://health-equity.lib.umd.edu/id/eprint/2823

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