Family History and Newborn Screening Genetics Modules Available from VA-LEND

January 13, 2009

Recent research and advances in genetics, such as the Human Genome Project, have increased knowledge of the role genetics plays in genetic syndromes associated with a variety of disabilities, as well as the role of genetics in common diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, and Alzheimer disease. In order to provide children, adults, and families with information about their health it is important for all health care providers to have an appreciation for the role of family health history in health and disease, to have knowledge of credible resources related to family health history, and to know when to make a referral to a geneticist or genetic counselor. The impact of newborn screening also is of public health and pediatric importance. The purpose of this module is to increase the understanding of family health history of health care professionals from a variety of disciplines, provide educational resources and give examples of cases where genetics referrals can make a difference.

The modules are interactive with three cases in which the learner reaches different outcomes based on their decision path. They have been field tested and evaluated by a variety of health care providers and graduate students. These modules may be integrated as part of a lecture or course, given as a learning activity, or provided as a resource. To access the modules, please follow the instructions linked here [word document].

The modules may be used for educational purposes provided proper credit is given to the authors and funding source. These modules were developed through the Virginia LEND Program in collaboration with Instructional Technology in the School of Medicine at Virginia Commonwealth University. Support for the project is provided through a grant from the Association of University Centers on Disabilities with funding from the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Health Resources and Services Administration (Grant # AUCDGC04-11).