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This assignment has two parts.

The Surgeon General’s Family
History Initiative encourages all American families to learn more about
their family history. Knowing your family health history is a powerful
guide to understanding risk for disease. It is important to keep in mind
that a family history of a particular illness may increase risk of other family members developing that illness, but it almost never guarantees that other family members will develop the illness.

get the most accurate health history information, it is important to
talk directly with your relatives. Knowing your health information can
help improve prevention and screening of diseases for you and all your
family members.

Part 1:

For the first
part of this assignment you will ask your relatives about any health
conditions they have had or know for certain have developed in your
immediate family—including history of chronic illnesses, such as heart
disease; pregnancy complications, such as miscarriage; and any
developmental disabilities.

Get as much specific information as
possible. It is most useful if you can list the formal name of any
medical condition that has affected you or your relatives. You can get
help finding information about health conditions that have affected you
and your family members—living or deceased—by asking relatives or health
care professionals for information or by getting copies of medical

Complete a family health history at

form can reflect every version of the American family, so use this
chart as a starting point and adapt it to your family’s needs.

  1. First,
    complete the personal information, including the number of relatives
    you have in each category and whether you have any of the six conditions
  2. Then complete the family information, including any
    health conditions your family members have, their age at diagnosis, and,
    if they are deceased, the age at which they died. Because some
    conditions are more common in people with certain ethnic ancestries, you
    may also want to record your relatives’ ancestry or country of origin
    under their names.

You must save your Family History report from the website (click save to image) and download it to submit it with your assignment.

Part 2:

After completing your family health history, please answer the following questions, in 250-500 words for each question.

  1. Analyze why it is important for individuals to be aware of their family health history.
  2. When
    you completed your family health history, what were you already aware
    of? What was the most surprising thing you discovered?
  3. Now that you have completed your family health history, how will you use it to your advantage?
  4. Describe
    how, as a future professional in the health field, you can work with
    individuals to understand the importance of creating a family health

Prepare this assignment according to the
guidelines found in the APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success
Center. An abstract is not required.

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