Daack-Hirsch Featured in Gazette Article
Sandra Daack-Hirsch, PhD, RN, a clinical geneticist and assistant professor in the University of Iowa College of Nursing, was interviewed for a recent Gazette article that discussed the importance of knowing your family medical history.
Much of Daack-Hirsch’s previous clinical practice and current research focuses on genetic and environmental influences on the health of babies, and explaining these often complex issues to affected families.
According to the article, “The Office of the U.S. Surgeon General, which offers online tools to create a family health portrait, notes that 96 percent of Americans in a recent survey said it is important to know their family history, but only one-third of Americans have ever tried to gather and write down their family’s health history.
“Health experts say the holidays — particularly when family members gather for Thanksgiving — are an opportune time to share and record that information.”
Daack-Hirsch, who was recently introduced as the new Environmental and Public Health Ambassador for the State Hygienic Laboratory, is helping to raise awareness of laboratory sciences, particularly in the areas of newborn and maternal screening.
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