In 2004 the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services with the U.S. Surgeon General’s office, launched the public health campaign, The U.S. Surgeon General’s Family Health History Initiative. This initiative highlighted the importance of knowing our family health history and its impact on our health. Knowing that many families gather during Thanksgiving, this initiative provides My Family Health Portrait, a free online tool to assist in these efforts. Today, this information now resides on the Family Health History webpage of the CDC where additional information can be found.
How can your library or organization encourage your community to learn more about their family health history?
family health history tools:
Knowing your family health history can help in family planning, early detection, and preventative steps. Taking the time to talk with family about their health may not be easy and it is important to respect privacy. These tools will provide guidance.
NNLM Book Club:
Libraries Transform toolkit:
NNLM has partnered with Libraries Transform to create a health literacy toolkit. Poster and bookmark templates, social media graphics, programming ideas and more are included in the free toolkit. Several because statements support family health history including:
Check with your NNLM Regional Medical Library as some offer the posters and bookmarks for free.
National Health Observance toolkit:
NNLM provides toolkits to help libraries and organizations to increase awareness and provide information on a number of health and wellness topics to their communities. November includes National Family Health History Month with social media messages, programming ideas, and more.