The Center for Public Health and Community Genomics is committed to expanding involvement in the area of community genomics education. We are a source for useful, accurate and engaging educational materials promoting an understanding of genomics among the community at large using the following modalities:
- Speaking and conference presentations
- Writing for various media outlets
- Developing web-based educational materials
National Community Committee (NCC)
In 1999, the Prevention Research Centers Program, the Center for Disease Control, and community representatives met to discuss ways in which the community could contribute on both the local and national levels to further Public Health goals. This led to the creation of the National Community Committee (NCC). Since then, NCC connects the interests of community residents with the experience of academic researchers to help the Prevention Research Centers Program more effectively develop Public Health plans for the community. The NCC is made up of members from the community at-large, community-based organizations, public health professionals, and other key partners. These entities are able to work together to develop disease prevention and health promotion strategies for all different types of communities to better serve the entire U.S. population. The NCC not only works with the Prevention Research Centers but carries out many other community centered functions such as:
- Facilitating education, training, and resource-sharing to encourage and enhance community members’ participation in research.
- Providing technical assistance to help communities adopt prevention strategies.
- Translating new health findings into knowledge that people can use to make healthy decisions every day.
- Advocating for health policies at all levels of government.
These operations allow greater ability to serve communities in the public health realm. The NCC has also created a Special Interest Group on Genomics that works with the Center in furthering genomic literacy and sharing genomics policy development with communities.
To learn more about the National Community Committee, click here!
GenoCommunity Think Tank
CPHCG pooled resources with the Life Sciences and Society Program (LSS) and the Certificate Program in Public Health Genetics to develop and implement a website for public education, comment, feedback and discussion. This website provides an added component of information on public attitudes, concerns, and suggestions for addressing the concerns and promoting participation. CPHCG, in partnership with LSSP and the Certificate Program in Public Health Genetics, will implement a statewide dissemination plan to advise community organizations, educational institutions, professional organizations, and the public health network of the existence and purpose of the website to elicit participation from their constituents.