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The Use of Family Health Histories to Address Health Disparities in an African American Community

Vogel, Kristen J. and Murthy, Vinaya S. and Dudley, Beth and Grubs, Robin E. and Gettig, Elizabeth and Ford, Angela and Thomas, Stephen B. (2007) The Use of Family Health Histories to Address Health Disparities in an African American Community. Health Promotion Practice, 8 (4). pp. 350-357.

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    African Americans continue to suffer from health disparities. The Center for Minority Health (CMH) within the University of Pittsburgh has the mission to eliminate racial and ethnic health disparities. CMH has designed and implemented the Family Health History (FHH) Initiative. The FHH Initiative places geneticcounseling graduate students in the African American community to provide risk assessments and emphasize the importance of family history as it pertains to disease prevention. The FHH Initiative also allows participants to enroll into the Minority Research Recruitment Database (MRRD). This enables CMH to alert individuals to available research participation opportunities. In the first year of this program, 225 African Americans completed their family health histories. More than 60% of individuals enrolled in the MRRD. The authors report their initial successes and challenges of an initiative that incorporates awareness of family history information, proper screening guidelines, behavior modification recommendations, and support for participation in clinical research.

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    Item Type: Article
    Uncontrolled Keywords: genetic counseling; African American; Black; minority; minority health; health disparities; minority recruitment; community outreach; genetics; clinical trials; family history; public health
    Subjects: Health > Disparities
    Practice > outreach
    Research > Genetics and Race
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    Date Deposited: 13 Mar 2008
    Last Modified: 19 May 2011 10:44
    Link to this item (URI): http://health-equity.lib.umd.edu/id/eprint/776

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