Lanai Community Health Center would like for you to get to know your Family Health History (FHH). Knowing your FHH can save your life and the life of those you love. It can help detect, manage and prevent diseases and or conditions before it ever happens.
“Knowing my family health history means that I beat breast cancer before it ever had the chance to beat me.”
The Family Health History Tool helps you to:
- Identify trends & patterns of disease that may lead to treatment or prevention.
- Captures heredity, diet and environment in one location.
- Increases health and genetics knowledge for the individual and the family.
- Promotes conversations about health in the family and community.
Take the time to trace the illnesses suffered by your parents, grandparents and other relatives. This will help your doctor diagnose conditions and understand the risk for you and your family.
It’s simple and easy and this won’t take that long. Who knows this could be a life saving moment for you and your family . . .
FHH is the story of disease that runs in your family. It is one part of the entire history of your family. Along with culture, values, environment, and behaviors, FHH influences the way you live your life.
Learning about your FHH can help you make healthy choices: it is a cheap, easy way to improve your own health and the health of your family. Share the information you gather with your healthcare provider to further reduce your risk of disease and create a partnership around your health.
Contact Chelsea to get started or for more information: 808-565-6919 x121.
Completing your FHH is SIMPLE, EASY, and has options for different levels of PRIVACY.
It won’t take that long. And who knows? Your actions could be a life saving moment for you and your family. Below are two downloadable PDF books that will help you understand the process and get started.
(NOTE – These are large documents and will take several minutes
to download to your computer)
Once you have reviewed the downloadable PDF toolkit books, go to:
https://familyhistory.hhs.gov/fhh-web/familyhistory/start.action to enter your family’s information. When you are done, you will end up with a Genetic Pedigree (see sample PDF below the two toolkit books) that can be used for conversations with your family and provider in helping you make healthy choices.
Toolkit 1: A Guide to Family Health History, will help you collect, organize, and understand your family health history. Each section includes choices of activities.
Toolkit 2: A Guide to Genetics and Health helps you to learn more:
- Why is genetics important to my family and me?
- Which diseases might run in my family?
Click on the image below to view a sample completed genetic pedigree chart.
Family Health History Pre-Survey: Please take this pre-survey before you start the Family Health History Project. This will help us learn about your knowledge of family health history. Mahalo!
Family Health History Post-Survey: Please take this post-survey after you have completed the Family Health History Project. We would like to know about your experience which will help us better our services. Mahalo!