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ABCs of DNA: Unraveling the Mystery of Genetics Information for Consumers

Genetics is increasingly becoming a factor in diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of diseases as well as frequently seen in headline news. Librarians working with the public need to be aware of issues surrounding genetics and resources to assist patrons in locating and evaluating sometimes complex and confusing information associated with their health. The class will cover genomic health literacy and provide reliable resources regarding health conditions with a genetic component, privacy, genetic testing, and precision medicine. This class is intended for public library staff, health science librarians and those working in organizations who work with the public.

Learning objectives include:

  • Explore the importance of genomic health literacy
  • Explore direct-to-consumer genetic testing and discuss benefits and concerns as they relate to individuals and families
  • Synthesize genomic health information to design an opportunity to support community awareness, education and knowledge about genetics and health
  • Review genetic health information resources and process scenarios using resources to support community needs/questions
  • Identify significant ethical, privacy, security, and social issues associated with genomic discoveries and create an obtainable activity for libraries to build community awareness around those issues

This class has been approved by the Medical Library Association for 4 (in person) and 8 hours (online) contact hours of CE credit.
This will be offered via the Moodle platform.

Class Length: 
4 hours in person and 8 hours online
Course Owner(s):
Carolyn Martin, MLS, AHIP, Consumer Health Coordinator
Instructor(s):
Darlene Kaskie, MLS, All of Us Community Engagement Coordinator
Carolyn Martin, MLS, AHIP, Consumer Health Coordinator
Continuing Education:

 4 (in person) and 8 hours (online) MLA CE Contact Hours

This class is eligible for Consumer Health Information Specialization continuing education credit awarded by the Medical Library Association.

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