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Family Health History Initiative

The U.S. Surgeon General’s Family Health History Initiative has developed a family health history tool that can aid you and your patients collect information about their family’s health history to inform prevention and treatment decisions.

By connecting your patients to the tool, it can:

  • Help to identify diseases or conditions that they may be at increased risk for developing.
  • Point out behaviors (smoking, inactivity) or environmental exposures (secondhand smoke, farm chemicals) that may be increasing their risk for disease.
  • Help them take advantage of appropriate screening tests that may detect problems early.

The Genetic Alliance also offers family health history tools on their website that are customizable for different communities and cultures.

Bringing these into your standard consultations can make all the difference and paint a more encompassing health story of your patients.

Use the following tools to more fully understand how incorporating family history into your conversations with your patients can improve care: