Benefits of Prenatal Care in Underserved Communities

Check out this PowerPoint presentation that our 2017 DNA Day presenter Lee Smith created about the benefits of prenatal care in undeserved communities! The link to this presentation can be found below:

Lee Smith Benefits of Prenatal Care

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A List of State Health Resources

We’d like to thank everyone who participated in our webinar and completed our survey! We received feedback about your desire for a list of resources to use with clients. Bellow is a list of state health resources for your use as well as a resource key:

COMMUNITY MH – Community Mental Health Centers

CHIPS – Private hospital that was receiving CHIPS funding from Illinois DHS to provide psychiatric care

EPS – essential perinatal surveillance

ICG – Individual Care Grant program provides funding to children with a serious emotional disturbance under the age of 18 (HFS program)

We hope that these are beneficial to you and your clients!

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A Special Thank You to Shivani Nazareth, MS, CGC

The Sarnoff Center would like to announce that the title “Not Your Mother’s Pregnancy” is taken with permission from an article, “This is Not Your Mother’s Pregnancy” which appeared in, “A Woman’s Health – Women Magazine.”  It was written by Shivani Nazareth, MS, CGC, director of medical affairs at Counsyl, a DNA-testing and genetic counseling service.  She worked as a clinical genetic counselor for more than 10 years in New York City, most recently at Weill Cornell Medical College.  Shivani obtained her graduate degree from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and currently serves on the National Society of Genetic Counselors’ Public Policy Committee. The article can be accessed at

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DNA Day 2017 Materials Are Here!

After months of hard work, the Center for Jewish Genetics and the Illinois Department of Health are proud to present these DNA Day 2017 materials! Please contact Jacqueline Mendez at for any questions on how you can obtain physical copies.

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Thanksgiving is National Family Health History Day! – Get to Know Your Family Health History

Dr. Muin J. Khoury, CDC’s Director of the Office of Public Health Genomics, encourages you to ask about your family health history this Thanksgiving.

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November is Family Health History Month – Become Aware of the Genetic Disorders Found in a Variety of Ethnicities

Ethnicity and family medical history can guide you in learning about your risk and taking care of your health. Here is a list of the genetic disorders found in a variety of ethnicity:


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Men’s Health Resources for Our Nurses

In celebration of our DNA Day Webinar on April 12th, we have compiled a list of different resources on men’s health for different topics. We are proud of our compiled list and hope they serve you and your clients in a fruitful way!

Men & Cardiovascular Disease:


Men & Cancer:

Every year, more than 300,000 men in the U.S die from cancer.

  • The most common types of cancer among men in the U.S are skin cancer, prostate cancer, lung cancer, and colorectal cancer.
  • Prostate Cancer:  1 in 7 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during their lifetime. The chances of getting prostate cancer go up as a man gets older.
  • Lung Cancer: Lung cancer accounts for 27% of all cancer deaths, making it the leader in cancer deaths.
  • Colorectal Cancer:  For men, colorectal cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer and the third leading cause of cancer death.
  • Skin Cancer: Anyone who spends time in the sun can develop skin cancer. People with fair skin, especially those with blond or red hair, are more likely to get skin cancer than people with darker coloring.


Men & Mental Health

Men and Depression:

While clinical depression was once considered a “woman’s disease,” more than 6 million men in the U.S. are diagnosed with depression each year.

Men & Suicide:

  • Depressed men are 4x as likely to commit suicide.
  • Depressed men ages 20-24 are 6x as likely to commit suicide as women.
  • Suicide is the second leading cause of death amongst people aged 25-34.


Men & Nutrition & Exercise

  • Males of all ages can benefit from eating a balanced and varied diet, getting enough calcium, avoiding high fat and sugar content (like fast food), drinking six 8-ounce glasses of water, and exercising daily.
  • 34.6% of men 20 years and over are obese
  • Inactive males have a higher risk for early death, heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, depression, and some cancers.





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