Family holidays provide wonderful opportunities to collect your family health history. Check out the link below to share free family health history pamphlets by sending to your family or by ordering for your own use.
The importance of newborn screening for genetic diseases is unquestionable, however it is natural to have questions regarding these tests on your baby. This short video helps to explain what to expect during a newborn’s screening. It will help walk parents-to-be through the heel stick, hearing, and pulse ox screenings.
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View our webinar for DNA Day IL 2014 here: https://westernilahecevents.webex.com/westernilahecevents/lsr.php?RCID=0520ed3c698f8f5d4930c1f8557b6352
Thanks to all who joined us on April 29th for our webinar in celebration of DNA Day 2014! If you missed our program on family health history and genetic health, you can view our recorded webinar now. There are great presentations from a genetic counselor and a personal story from an individual affected by Marfan syndrome.
Part of the DNA Day 2014 activities is a webinar titled Family Health Histories: More than Just Asking Questions and Getting Answers, broadcast on Tuesday, April 29 at 12pm. Presenters will include Erin Torti, MS, CGC, from the Saint Louis University Division of Medical Genetics, and Josefa Villarrubia, a member of family affected by Marfan syndrome. Eligible webinar participants will receive a 1.0 nursing contact hour. If you’d like to register for the webinar, visit http://www.illinoisnetwork.org.
Over 160 public health nurses, other health professionals, and others interested in genetic health participated in our webinar in celebration of DNA Day on April 16, 2013. If you missed our program on newborn screening and family health history, including presentations by Michelle Gilats, a licensed genetic counselor and an engaging personal narrative from Marie Vonesh about living with Fabry Disease, you can view our recorded webinar here:
We are thrilled to see nurse Deb Piper and her department’s creativity in using the DNA Day IL 2013 materials. Staff at Bureau County Health Department are celebrating DNA Day IL 2013 by reviewing and distributing this year’s resources on family health history and newborn screening.
The LaSalle County Health Department has put this year’s DNA Day Illinois project materials to good use. Nurse Colleen Gibson has graciously shared one way she will celebrate DNA Day this year: with an informative and creative poster display. We hope her poster inspires others to find ways to integrate genetics into their health outreach!