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PHR Features National Family Health History Day

Public Health Reports Features Surgeon General’s Perspectives – Family Health History: Using the Past to Improve Future Health


Each year since 2004, the Surgeon General has declared Thanksgiving to be National Family Health History Day. Over the holiday or at other times when families gather, the Surgeon General encourages Americans to talk about, and to write down, the health problems that seem to run in their family. Learning about their family’s health history may help ensure a longer, healthier future together. This initiative is a national campaign to help families learn more about their family health history. It provides a free Web-based tool, My Family Health Portrait, to help people collect, organize, and record their family health information.

In the upcoming issue of Public Health Reports, Acting US Surgeon General, Dr. Boris D. Lushniak, reflects on the 10th anniversary of the Surgeon General’s Family Health History Initiative.

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Public Health Reports. Official journal of the U.S. Public Health Service and the U.S. Surgeon General, since 1878.