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Precision Public Health Network

Save the Date for a free virtual event with Dr. Jonathan Berg and Dr. Laura Milko on May 18, 2023 at 10 AM ET, hosted by the CDC Office of Science and the Precision Public Health Network.

The goal of the Precision Public Health Network is to connect future public health clinicians, researchers, and policymakers exploring precision approaches to improving population health. The PPH Network connects aspiring precision public health leaders through sponsoring working groups for research collaboration, hosting lectures with experts in the field, and organizing the Transdisciplinary Conference for Future Leaders in Precision Public Health. The first conference was held in October 2021; check out the Presenter and Poster tabs to see on-demand lectures from expert speakers and view posters from our Twitter poster session. Stay tuned for information about the 2023 Transdisciplinary Conference for Future Leaders in Precision Public Health this upcoming Fall!

Upcoming Events

We Screen Newborns Don’t We? Progress in DNA-based Population Screening

May 18, 2023 at 10:00 AM, ET

Register here: Meeting Registration – Zoom (”

Download the Agenda for PharmSci 2021

October 14, 2021

  • Plenary Session
  • Expert Lectures about Cancer Genetic Epidemiology, Nutrigenomics, and Gene x Environment Interactions
  • Networking with Leaders in the Field and Poster Session

October 15, 2021

  • Sandpit Workshop to develop priorities in precision public health
  • Expert lectures about Implementation Science, Health Equity, and Biostatistics
  • Networking with Leaders in the Field and Poster Session

Wylie Burke, MD, PhD

Professor Emeritus, University of Washington

Muin Khoury, MD, PhD

Director, Office of Genomics and Precision Public Health; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Andrea Baccarelli, MD, PhD

Leon Hess Professor and Environmental Health Sciences Chair; Columbia University

Chanita Hughes-Halbert, PhD

Vice-Chair for Research and Professor, Department of Population and Public Health Sciences; University of Southern California

Peter Kanetsky, PhD, MPH

Chair of Cancer Epidemiology; Moffitt Cancer Center

Alanna Kulchak Rahm, PhD, MS, LGC

Associate Professor; Geisinger Medical Institute

Chirag Patel, PhD

Associate Professor of Biomedical Informatics; Harvard Medical School

Dawn Wilson, PhD

Professor of Psychology; University of South Carolina

All conference attendees are invited to submit an abstract to share their work with others. Abstracts should address the overall theme of advancing precision public health. Selected presenters will be notified by email and will participate in a virtual poster session.

A Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Diagnosis is a Marker of Socioeconomic Advantage

Ky’Era Actkins – Poster Award Winner

Brain-derived Extracellular Vesicles: A Novel Biomarker of CNS Metals Load with Applications in Identifying Neurodegenerative Diseases

Roheeni Saxena

Blood-based Measures of Metals Exposure and Cognitive Function in Adolescents

Roheeni Saxena

Implementation of the Hispanic Oral health Prevention & Education (H.O.P.E.) Program at the Vidas de Esperanza Dental Clinic

Sylvette Ramos-Diaz

Examining rural-urban differences in awareness, knowledge and health-related use of genetic testing in the US population

Swetha Srinivasan

Use of Machine-Learning Software to Categorize Oncotype DX Data

Keven Gomez

Advancing precision public health using the NIH “All of Us” precision medicine database and NCI Cancer Research Data Commons

Jay Ronquillo

Implementation of UGT1A1 Genotyping to Predict the Efficacy and Safety of Irinotecan for Treatment of Brain Cancer

Lirong Yang

A novel framework for precision public health

Dana Olstad

The impact of racial and ethnic health disparities in diabetes management on clinical outcomes: a reinforcement learning analysis of health inequity among youth and young adults in the SEARCH for Diabetes in Youth Study

Anna Kahkoska

Examining the Role of Language Competency in Genetic Testing Awareness among Adults in the United States

Lauren Passero

Adiponectin and cardiometabolic outcomes in sub-Saharan Africans: A Mendelian randomization study

Karlijn Meeks

For more information about the conference or how to participate in ongoing Precision Public Health Network efforts, please contact Megan Roberts at

The 2021 conference was supported by:  

  • The National Cancer Institute (1 R13 CA261073-01)
    • Funding for this conference was made possible (in part) by 1R13CA261073-01 from the National Cancer Institute. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention by trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.

  • UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy
  • UNC Lineberger Cancer Outcomes Research Program
  • UNC Lineberger Cancer Prevention and Control Program
  • UNC Program for Precision Medicine in Healthcare

“Implementing Precision and Equitable Public Health in Cascade Testing for Genetic Disorders- A CDC Mini-Symposium and Virtual Panel Discussion”

“Guest Lecture with Dr. Colleen McBride”

“Guest Lecture with Dr. David Chambers”

“Guest Lecture with Dr. Ainsley Newson”

“Increasing Use and Impact of Family Health History in Medically Underserved Populations”

  • November 14, 2022
  • Video

“Twenty-Five Years of Public Health Genomics: A Mini Symposium”