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Family Health History Resources

What is a Family Health History?

Family health history is a written or graphic record of the diseases and health conditions present in your family. Family health history is a useful tool for understanding health risks and preventing disease in individuals and their close relatives.

Learn more about Family Health History at CDC's family history website for the general public


How to Collect Your Family Health History

  • U.S. Surgeon General's Family History Initiative
    In 2009, the Surgeon General released a new family history tool called "My Family Health Portrait." This tool allows families to collect and share their family health history information in a private way.

  • Myths and Facts About Family Health History
    Press release from the American College of Medical Genetics encouraging families to gather Family Health History information on National Family History Day (Thanksgiving 2008).

Oregon Genetics Program's Family Health History Fact Sheets


Data on Family Health History

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