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Healthcare (Basel). 2015;3(3):830-7. Epub 2015 Sep 15.

Genomics in Public Health: Perspective from the Office of Public Health Genomics at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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1
Carter Consulting, Inc. and Office of Public Health Genomics, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA 30333, USA.
2
Office of Public Health Genomics, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA 30333, USA.

Abstract

The 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:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); Office of Public Health Genomics; epidemiology; genetics; genomics; guidelines; horizon scanning; precision medicine; public health; public health genomics

PMID:
26636032
PMCID:
PMC4666313

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