Public Health

“Public Health Genomics is a multidisciplinary field concerned with the effective and responsible applications of genome-based knowledge and technologies to improve population health…”
~ Dr. Muin Khoury, Director, Office of Public Health Genomics, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The genetics and genomics resource links on this page focus on improving population health, appropriate use of genetic tests, translation of genomic information into clinical practice, and the use of evidence-based guidelines in genetics. The Michigan Department of Community Health works with clinical and health plan partners statewide to integrate genomics into policy and practice.

Highlighted Resources

MDHHS Birth Defects Data and Statistics

The Michigan Birth Defects Registry (MBDR) tracks more than 1,000 diagnoses of birth defects. This allows the Prevention program to ensure certain populations receive appropriate services and follow-up.

MDHHS Cancer Genomics Epidemiology

Through public health surveillance, health education of providers and policy interventions with health insurance plans the impact of this MDHHS program is to reduce early cancer deaths in Michigan residents.

MDHHS Cancer Genomics Program

Michigan's Cancer Genomics Program provides information about hereditary cancer syndromes, such as BRCA and Lynch Syndrome. Resources for patients, patient advocates, health care providers, and professionals are available.

Michigan BioTrust for Health

The Michigan BioTrust for Health is an initiative to make leftover newborn screening samples more useful and available for medical or public health research. Explore the website for more information targeted towards new parents, health professionals, available consent options and dried blood spot research.

Michigan Public Health Code

This Michigan act is to protect and promote public health and provide for the prevention and control of diseases and disabilities.

The Ohio Colorectal Cancer Prevention Initiative: A statewide effort to identify Lynch syndrome families

Slides from the webinar presentation by Heather Hampel on March 22, 2016. "The Ohio Colorectal Cancer Prevention Initiative: A statewide effort to identify Lynch syndrome families"

Additional Resources

1965-2015: Michigan Newborn Screening: A Public Health Success Story

Reflecting on 50 years of Michigan's Newborn Screening Program.

2006 Genetics and Genomics Resources List for Public Health

PDF Resource List of Online Links Developed By MDCH in 2006

A Survey of Genetic Counselors in Michigan

Guest PowerPoint presentation in October 2009 at the Michigan Cancer Genetics Alliance (MCGA) membership meeting.

After Newborn Screening Your Baby's Blood Spots - Michigan BioTrust For Health Consent Brochure (Arabic)

A helpful brochure from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services of facts about consenting for researchers to use your residual child's blood spots for future health research.

After Newborn Screening Your Baby's Blood Spots audio recording

An audio recording of a helpful brochure on the BioTrust from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services containing facts about parents consenting for researchers to use your residual child's blood spots for future health research.

After Newborn Screening: Michigan BioTrust for Health brochure

A helpful brochure from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services of facts about consenting for researchers to use your residual child's blood spots for future health research.

Birth Defects Statistics

Michigan birth defects statistics arranged by county or local health department.

Cancer Family History Guide Instruction Card

This instruction card describes the use of the MDCH Cancer Family History Guide guide which is designed to identify patients at increased risk for one of two hereditary cancer syndromes: Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer syndrome (HBOC) and Lynch syndrome.

Cancer Genomics Resources Order Form

Order these great informational MDCH cancer genomics resources including; family history fact cards, the cancer family history guide and informed consent booklet.

Cancer Genomics: Emerging Science in Comprehensive Cancer Control

MCGA Member PowerPoint presentation slide set posted April 2007

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