Genomics in Public Health: Perspective from the Office of Public Health Genomics at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
1 Carter Consulting, Inc. and Office of Public Health Genomics, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA 30333, USA2 Office of Public Health Genomics, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA 30333, USA
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Received: 31 July 2015 / Revised: 24 August 2015 / Accepted: 8 September 2015 / Published: 15 September 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Implementation of Public Health Genomics)
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AbstractThe national effort to use genomic knowledge to save lives is gaining momentum, as illustrated by the inclusion of genomics in key public health initiatives, including Healthy People 2020, and the recent launch of the precision medicine initiative. The Office of Public Health Genomics (OPHG) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) partners with state public health departments and others to advance the translation of genome-based discoveries into disease prevention and population health. To do this, OPHG has adopted an “identify, inform, and integrate” model: identify evidence-based genomic applications ready for implementation, inform stakeholders about these applications, and integrate these applications into public health at the local, state, and national level. This paper addresses current and future work at OPHG for integrating genomics into public health programs.
Keywords: public health genomics; public health; genomics; genetics; epidemiology; precision medicine; horizon scanning;guidelines; Office of Public Health Genomics; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
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