Public Health Resources

Public Health Genomics


bioinformatics @NIAID   - Portal brings together some exciting features including: links to extensive training resources; a section of scripts, code, and programs created by NIAID researchers downloadable from GitHub; and a curated calendar of events with entries focused on bioinformatics and computational biology. (National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), NIH)

Database of Genotypes and Phenotypes (dbGaP)   - dbGaP was developed to archive and distribute the results of studies that have investigated the interaction of genotype and phenotype. Such studies include genome-wide association studies, medical sequencing, molecular diagnostic assays, as well as association between genotype and non-clinical traits.

Global Salmonella Resistome Data   - Tool provides visually informative displays of antibiotic resistance genes in bacteria. It is designed mainly for public health officials, academics and researchers who are using new genomics technologies to track and treat infectious diseases. (U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA), HHS)

HuGE Navigator   - HuGE Navigator provides access to a continuously updated knowledge base in human genome epidemiology, including information on population prevalence of genetic variants, gene-disease associations, gene-gene and gene- environment interactions, and evaluation of genetic tests. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)

Human Genome Resources   - Portal provides access to genome visualization and analysis tools, BLAST, NCBI Genome Remapping Service, and molecular databases. (National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), NLM)

National Newborn Screening & Global Resource Center   - An independent U.S. national resource center for newborn screening as well as global newborn screening information. Site provides consultative services, program reviews, selected national data, hosts a respected international discussion listserv, and provides information and resources for health professionals, consumers, public health professionals, and others.

Newborn Screening Coding and Terminology Guide   - Includes standard codes and terminology for newborn tests for the conditions recommended for screening by the Advisory Committee on Heritable Disorders in Newborns and Children (ACHDNC) or by a state within the U.S. (National Library of Medicine (NLM), NIH)

Nextstrain   - Nextstrain is an open-source project to harness the scientific and public health potential of pathogen genome data. Site provides a continually-updated view of publicly available data with powerful analytics and visualizations showing pathogen evolution and epidemic spread, with the goal of aiding epidemiological understanding and improving outbreak response. (nextstrain)

PhenX Toolkit   - The toolkit provides standard measures related to complex diseases, phenotypic traits and environmental exposures. Use of PhenX measures facilitates combining data from a variety of studies, and makes it easy for investigators to expand a study design beyond the primary research focus. (National Human Genome Research Institute)

Public Health Genomics and Precision Health Knowledge Base   - An online, continuously updated, searchable database of published scientific literature, CDC resources, and other materials that address the translation of genomic discoveries into improved health care and disease prevention. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)

U.S. Genome Variation Estimates - National Office of Public Health Genomics   - These variation estimates are the allele frequency and genotype prevalence estimates of human genetic variants for the entire U.S. population based on DNA data collected from participants in the Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES III). (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)

CDC Genomics Funding   - In 2008, CDC's Office of Public Health Genomics (OPHG) started funding five new projects in state health departments and academic and research institutions and to translate human-genome information and applications into education, surveillance, and policy interventions. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)

Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications (ELSI) of Genomics Exploratory/Developmental Research Grant Program (R21)   - Funding for Exploratory/Developmental Research Grant (R21) applications that propose to study the ethical, legal and social implications (ELSI) of human genome research. These applications should propose single or mixed methods studies that break new ground, extend previous discoveries in new directions or develop preliminary data in preparation for larger studies. (National Institutes of Health (NIH), HHS)

Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications (ELSI) of Genomics Research Project Grant Program (R01)   - Funding for Research Project Grant (R01) applications that propose to study the ethical, legal and social implications (ELSI) of human genome research. Applications may propose studies using either single or mixed methods. Proposed approaches may include but are not limited to data-generating qualitative and quantitative approaches, legal, economic and normative analyses, and other types of analytical and conceptual research methodologies, such as those involving the direct engagement of stakeholders. (National Institutes of Health (NIH), HHS)

Genetics & Public Policy Fellowship   - The American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) and the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) co-sponsor the Genetics and Public Policy Fellowship to give genetics professionals an opportunity to contribute to the policy-making process. The fellowship is designed as a bridge for genetics professionals wishing to transition to a policy career. (American Society of Human Genetics)

Genetics Education & Engagement Fellowship   - Fellowship to give early career genetics professionals an opportunity to contribute to the development and implementation of national genomics literacy efforts, informal science education, science education policy, program development, and science education research. (American Society of Human Genetics)

National Genetics Education and Family Support Center   - To improve family engagement for individuals and families who have, or at-risk of having, a genetic condition; provide support for such individuals and families; provide education and resources on genetic conditions; and link individuals and families to services, especially those in underserved areas. (Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), HHS)

Omics-guided Biobehavioral Interventions for Improved Health Outcomes: A Step Forward in Translation (R01 Clinical Trial Optional)   - The purpose of this funding opportunity announcement (FOA) is to stimulate clinical research that harnesses the wealth of advances in the fields of genomics and other omics (e.g., metabolomics, microbiomics, proteomics, transcriptomics, epigenomics, etc.) to incorporate these advances into translatable, personalized biobehavioral interventions for improved health outcomes. (National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR), NIH)

Sickle Cell Data Collection Program   - Through this NOFO, CDC plans to fund up to five recipients for a three-year period of performance to participate in the implementation of a state-wide SCD surveillance system. NOFO activities will include 1) surveillance team engagement, data collection, and annual reporting of aggregate level data (Core Component) and 2) analysis of SCD surveillance data and dissemination of results (Supplemental Component). (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)

Genome Statute and Legislation Database   - Database is comprised of state statutes and bills introduced during the 2007-2018 U.S. state legislative sessions. The database is reviewed and updated monthly. Searchable topics in the database include employment and insurance discrimination, health insurance coverage, privacy, research, the use of residual newborn screening specimens, and other topics of interest. (National Human Genome Research Institute)

Newborn Screening Legislation   - Page provides overviews of legislation related to genetic disease screening for infants. (Baby's First Test Newborn Screening Clearinghouse)

Genetic Alliance Resource Repository   - Electronic collection of documents, links, audio and video files in topic areas such as newborn screening, family health history, genetic testing, reimbursement, research, drug development, community engagement, and organizational development. (Genetic Alliance)

Genomics & Health Impact Scan Database   - Database includes published scientific literature on evidence-based translation of genomic discoveries into improved health care and disease prevention that have a potential impact on population health. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)

Genomics Publications   - Publications from CDC's Office of Public Health Genomics (OPHG) including annual reports, books, and scientific articles. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)

Human Genome Editing: Science, Ethics, and Governance (2017)   - Report considers important questions about the human application of genome editing including: balancing potential benefits with unintended risks, governing the use of genome editing, incorporating societal values into clinical applications and policy decisions, and respecting the inevitable differences across nations and cultures that will shape how and whether to use these new technologies. (National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM))

Implications of Genomics for Public Health - Committee on Genomics and the Public's Health in the 21st Century   - This 2005 workshop report summarizes speaker presentations on major scientific and policy issues related to genomics and public health, major supports for and challenges to the translation of genetic research into population health benefits, and approaches for the integration of genomic information into strategies for promoting health and preventing disease. It was funded by a contract from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Office of Genomics and Disease Prevention. (National Institute of Medicine)

The 2010 State Public Health Genomics Resource Guide   - This is the 2nd edition of the Guide; it looks at innovative approaches and challenges by states to integrate genomics into their public health programs. (Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO))

    • + Competencies
      • Genomic Competencies for the Public Health Workforce The purpose of this activity is to present essential public health competencies that incorporate specific aspects of genomics and present the required core knowledge, skills, abilities, and crosscutting functions related to public health programs.
    • + Fellowships
    • + Online Learning
      • A Method for Introducing A New Competency Genomics The MINC toolkit is a starting point for healthcare providers who want to promote genomic integration into practice to benefit their patients.
      • Behavior, environment, and genetic factors all have a role in causing people to be overweight and obese This collection of educational resources contains information and commentary on discoveries of genetic variants, related disease outcomes, and the complex social, legal, and ethical issues surrounding genetic discoveries related to obesity.
      • Genetic Alliance Webinars Genetic Alliance hosts monthly webinars, which discuss genetics and advocacy, public policy, and organizational development.
      • Medical Resources Resources and links for health professionals on preconception, premature birth, newborn screening, and genetics.
      • Public Health Biology Online course materials for 550.630 Public Health Biology, a class which offers an integrative molecular and biological perspective on public health problems, explores population biology and ecological principles underlying public health, and reviews molecular biology in relation to public health biology.
      • Six Weeks to Genomic Awareness An online series of presentations designed to provide public health professionals a foundation for understanding how genomics advances are relevant to public health.
      • Telling Stories, Understanding Real Life Genetics A web-based resource for health professionals that uses patient stories within a searchable education framework. Annotated stories are accompanied by video clips, expert commentaries and related activities. All stories and accompanying toolkit are downloadable as PDF files.

GeneEd   - Resource for students and teachers to learn about genetics. The website allows users to explore topics such as Cell Biology, DNA, Genes, Chromosomes, Heredity/Inheritance Patterns, Epigenetics/Inheritance and the Environment, Genetic Conditions, Evolution, Biostatistics, Biotechnology, DNA Forensics, and Top Issues in Genetics. (National Human Genome Research Institute)

Genetics Home Reference   - Genetics Home Reference is the National Library of Medicine's web site for consumer information about genetic conditions and the genes or chromosomes responsible for those conditions. (National Library of Medicine (NLM), NIH)

Genomics and Health Impact Blog   - Blog on the results of genomic research, evaluation, and programs conducted by CDC and other institutions around the world from a public health perspective. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)

My Family Health Portrait   - Internet-based family health history tool that makes it easy for consumers to assemble and share family health history information within the family and with health care practitioners. Better use of health history information can support more informed and personalized patient care. (Office of the Surgeon General, HHS)

Talking Glossary of Genetic Terms   - Learning tool to help explain the terms and concepts used in genetic research. The glossary includes descriptions of genetic terms, images, animation, and links to related terms. (National Human Genome Research Institute)

Colloquia Series on Personalized Medicine   - The colloquia addresses the scientific discoveries, business models, and regulatory changes that are necessary to develop new personalized treatments and their companion diagnostics. (American Association for the Advancement of Science)