The American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG)
“Family Health History: Why and How?” - This video features a part of a public lecture given by Karen Powell, a genetic counselor, at the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) Annual Meeting in 2008. Karen answers the question, “Why is it important to record family health history information?” She also explains how to use the U.S. Surgeon General’s online tool to record your family history.
- “Interpreting Family Health History I: Red Flags” - In this video clip, genetic counselor Karen Powell (see above) explains how to interpret your family health history once you’ve collected and recorded this information. She also describes some of the ‘red flags’ to look out for in your family history that you should discuss with your doctor.
- “Interpreting Family Health History II: Genetic Counseling” - In this segment of Karen Powell’s presentation at the ASHG 2008 meeting, she talks about how genetic counselors can help you interpret your family health history information and use it to your advantage to improve health by knowing (and decreasing) your disease risk.
National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI/NIH)
“Family History: A Window on Your Health” - In this video, former NHGRI Director (and current Director of the NIH), Dr. Francis Collins, discusses the importance of family history in an interview with Dr. Greg Feero.
National Human Genome Center at Howard University
“Family History Public Service Announcement”This Public Service Announcement (PSA) video from Howard University describes the importance of knowing your family’s medical history, and how this information can improve your health.
Heartland Regional Genetics Collaborative Family Health History Project
TV News Segments on Family Health History:
American College of Medical Genetics (ACMG)
- Radio Spots: ACMG aired a series of public service announcements on National Public Radio (NPR). Click on the titles below to listen to audio clips of the two radio spots:
CDC Podcast: "Family History - An Early Warning for Your Child"
This podcast speaks to both health care practitioners and parents in describing how “collecting family history information could save your child's life.” Parents should listen to learn more about how knowing this important information could benefit the entire family.