DNA to Z: Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Testing and Genetic Literacy

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Includes a Live Event on 03/11/2021 at 1:00 PM (EST)

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DNA to Z: Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Testing and Genetic Literacy

Speakers: Kelsey Cowles, MLIS

This webinar will provide an overview of the history and current state of direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetic testing, which has become extremely popular in recent years. The differences between ancestry and health testing will be explored. The veracity of claims commonly made by testing companies will be assessed, and concerns and challenges surrounding these tests will be examined. Attendees will learn where to go to find essential background information about genetics needed to understand DTC tests and how to locate more advanced professional assistance. The webinar will also cover the broader topic of genetic literacy, connecting it with health literacy and explaining its importance for health decision-making in a variety of contexts.

Kelsey Cowles, MLIS


Kelsey Cowles, MLIS is the Academic Coordinator for the Middle Atlantic Region of the Network of the National Library of Medicine, based at the University of Pittsburgh’s Health Sciences Library System. The NNLM serves as an outreach and engagement arm for the National Library of Medicine, which is known for providing high quality health information to health practitioners, researchers, students, instructors, and the general public.

Heather Flattery (Moderator)


Heather holds a Master’s Degree in Public Health with a concentration in health management and policy from Eastern Virginia Medical School. She also holds a Bachelor of Science in Public Health from Rutgers University where she served as a sexual health educator before joining AmeriCorps as an advocate for survivors of sexual assault.  As a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES®), she is accredited and supported to uphold standards of learning and competencies of health educators.  She is very passionate about empowering and educating women and girls with the Days for Girls International organization and through a recent humanitarian trip to Guatemala to build stoves for families in rural communities. 

For over two and a half years, Heather’s role, as Manager of Membership and Marketing with the Society for Public Health Education, has been to oversee membership products and programs


03/11/2021 at 1:00 PM (EST)   |  60 minutes
03/11/2021 at 1:00 PM (EST)   |  60 minutes
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