Introduction to the Special Issue: Public Health Genetics and Genomics
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This special issue of the Journal of Genetic Counseling is dedicated to public health genetics and genomics. The seventeen papers featured in this issue span such topics as genetic counselors in public health roles, newborn screening, population screening, ethics, and health beliefs and behaviors. In this introduction to the special issue, we review some history of public health genetics and genomics, present the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's “10 Essential Public Health Services” with associated geneticsspecificrecommendations and priorities, and briefly overview how each article ties into the world of public health genetics and genomics. We hope this issue encourages genetic counselors to visualize their everexpanding and important roles in public health genetics and genomics, as well as their contributions to improving population health.
KeywordsPublic health genetics Public health genomics Public health genetic counseling Genetic counseling
Conflict of Interest
Kirsty McWalter, MS, CGC and Amy Gaviglio, MS, CGC declare that they have no conflicts of interest. The paper authored by McWalter et al. was managed by the Journal of Genetic Counseling Editor-In-Chief, Bonnie LeRoy, so as to avoid a conflict of interest with the guest editor.
Human Studies and Informed Consent
No research involving human participants was performed for the introduction, and so informed consent was not necessary.
No research involving animals was conducted by the authors.
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