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Peggy, what an exciting project.Just great news. It's just what we should be involved in! Jane

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	From: Archie Green Union Listserv on behalf of Peggy Bulger 
	Sent: Thu 5/6/2004 3:20 PM 
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	Subject: Good News Announcement
	
	

	Dear AFC Board members and Staff,
	
	I'm pleased to announce that the Health Resources and Services
	Administration has awarded $200,000 for a project proposal AFC submitted
	in collaboration with the Institute for Cultural Partnerships, the
	American Society of Human Genetics, and the Genetic Alliance. The funds
	will be used to support development of an oral history interview kit to
	enhance genetic literacy.
	
	The Healthy Choices through Family History Awareness Project aims to
	increase awareness and understanding of the ways family history may
	influence personal health. The project will use an oral history approach
	to increase genetic literacy in underserved communities. By eliciting
	health-related narratives, researchers hope to uncover potential risk
	factors that might be overlooked in standard medical histories and that
	might influence health care decision-making. AFC, as we all know, has
	already gained great acclaim for its national oral history program, the
	Veterans History Project.
	
	The family history tool will create a way to explore and expand
	knowledge of one's extended family, with particular attention to
	health and illness. It will assist individuals and families to preserve
	family medical history data, within the family, in a manner that can
	inform future generations of relevant family medical history.
	
	In the initial phase of this project, a team of folklorists, applied
	anthropologists, and genetic health specialists will work with
	low-income African-American and Latino communities in the Allison Hill
	area of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania to develop a family history tool which
	will also be field-tested and implemented locally. This effort will be
	coordinated by the Institute for Cultural Partnerships (ICP), based in
	Harrisburg. ICP director Shalom Staub is the principal investigator of
	this project, with AFC coordinating and assisting as a national
	partner.
	
	Kudos to AFC Folklife Specialist, Ilana Harlow, for taking the lead on
	this grant proposal and for being our lead staff person on the project.
	We will keep you informed as the project develops.
	
	Best,
	
	
	Peggy
	
	
	
	
	
	
	
	
	
	
	
	Peggy A. Bulger, Director
	American Folklife Center
	Library of Congress
	101 Independence Ave, SE
	Washington, DC 20450
	(202) 707-1745
	(202) 707-2076 FAX
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