Illinois DNA Day

State of Illinois

Why do we celebrate DNA Day in Illinois?
New discoveries in genetics are being made almost every day. These discoveries have important health implications. Knowledge about genetics can be vital to a person’s health and well-being. This generation and the many generations to come will benefit from genetic advances only to the degree that they are known and understood.  DNA Day, as it is celebrated in Illinois, has the underlying objective of improving people’s health through learning about genetics.

Celebrate DNA Day with the National Human Genome Research Institute
Topics range from basic genomic research to the genetic basis of disease and ethical questions about genetic privacy. Log onto

Outreach Work with Illinois Health Departments
Throughout the year activities are planned by Illinois Health Departments to celebrate DNA Day. Contact your local health department to find out about events in your area.

Genetic Education

Each year, our project includes an educational activity for health department staff and/or consumers in Illinois. This year, we are hosting a free webinar titled Family Health Histories: More than Just Asking Questions and Getting Answers, on Tuesday April 29, 2014 from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. (CST). This webinar’s target audience is health care staff and those interested in expanding their knowledge about genetic health issues. Register for the webinar here:




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