AGHI

 

HOW IT WORKS

1. ENROLL

Participants are being recruited at sites across the state. They are asked to donate a small blood sample and provide a brief family health history.

2. TEST

DNA, extracted from that sample, will be analyzed with genotype arrays for participants upon their consent; individuals with indications of genetic disease will receive whole-genome sequencing.

3. COUNSEL

All participants will receive a findings report. Participants who have actionable findings (predicted to be 1–3 percent of participants) and those who have had whole-genome sequencing receive genetic counseling and referrals to appropriate medical care.

4. DISCOVER

Study data will create a statewide genomic database that could give researchers new insight into prevention and treatment of gene-related diseases. The AGHI also will help educate health providers statewide about genomic medicine and advance a genomics-ready population and health care workforce in Alabama.