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New family health history projects focus on Alaska Native, Appalachian communities

lth Portrait," is available in English and in Spanish at https://familyhistory.hhs.gov/.

"My Family Health Portrait" tool is Web-based, which allows it to be operated on all computers with Internet access running any of several standard browsers, regardless of the computer's operating system. All personal information entered into the program resides on the user's computer only. No information is available to the federal government or any other agency.

Since the Surgeon General's Family Health Initiative was begun in November 2004, more than 1 million users have accessed the Web-based version or downloaded copies of the "My Family Health Portrait" tool from the Department of Health and Human Services Web site. In addition, more than 100,000 printed copies of the tool have been distributed nationwide. Department of Health and Human Services agencies that are partnering with the Surgeon General in the family history public health campaign are: NIH-NHGRI, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Health Resources and Services Administration and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

Building upon the foundation laid by the Surgeon General's Family History Initiative, NHGRI today named two new Family History demonstration projects focused on Alaska Native and urban Appalachian populations. The one-year projects, each of which will receive $100,000, will develop community-based models to increase awareness among the public and health care professionals about the value of family history information in promoting health and preventing disease.

In the first project, a multi-institution team will work with Appalachian populations living in the greater Cincinnati metropolitan area, which encompasses southwestern Ohio and northern Kentucky, and in the Dayton, Ohio metropolitan area. A major goal of the project is to develop ways of educating people with low levels o
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Contact: Geoff Spencer
spencerg@mail.nih.gov
301-402-0911
NIH/National Human Genome Research Institute
15-Nov-2006


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