Recent Events

Previous work of MCPM and HMN

The Minority Coalition for Precision Medicine along with the Personal Genetics Education Project of the Department of Genetics at Harvard Medical School organized the Precision Medicine and Personal Genetics: Promoting Conversations conference in May of 2017.

Host of Precision Medicine and Personal Genetics: Promoting Conversations pgEd.org

The Personal Genetics Education Project (pgEd.org) of the Department of Genetics at Harvard Medical School is proud to host Precision Medicine and Personal Genetics: Promoting Conversations, as it shares with the Minority Coalition for Precision Medicine the important goal of raising awareness and promoting discourse about personal genetics and genetic technologies. In particular, pgEd will present an agenda that covers the use of genetic information for disease diagnosis and treatment, law enforcement, reproduction, and the protection of athletes. The conference will also address the history of eugenics as well as research efforts to control insect-borne diseases (e.g., malaria), provide organs for transplantation, create DNA-based nanorobots, and bring back extinct species. Importantly, pgEd will maintain a tone of neutrality throughout, focusing only on providing information and facilitating discussion. The goal of the conference is to advance a better understanding of precision medicine as well as the opportunities and social implications it holds for faith-based communities.

Minority Coalition for Precision Medicine

Organizer of Precision Medicine and Personal Genetics: Promoting Conversations

As a group leader in Precision Medicine, the Minority Coalition for Precision Medicine works to raise awareness and build trust, all while bridging the “Minority Health Care Gap.” One of the coalition’s main focuses will be to create a strong workforce development project which highlights the need for more diversity in the field of genetic counseling. The coalition works with diverse groups and organizations to include; researchers, scientists, educators, government, business, policy-makers, and Historically Black Colleges and Universities. This event will provide communities of faith with the tools and information needed to make informed decisions regarding precision medicine and to advance our understanding of health and disease.

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Briefing at the National Institutes of Health

"All of Us" Research Project

Health Ministries Network Founder Michael Friend addresses concerns regarding the lack of necessary outreach & engagement efforts put forth by the National Institutes of Health for the NIH "All of Us" Research project at a meeting convened by the NIH in early December.

Health Ministries Network Founder Michael Friend addresses concerns regarding the lack of necessary outreach & engagement efforts put forth by the National Institutes of Health for the NIH "All of Us" Research project at a meeting convened by the NIH in early December.

 

First annual Minority Coalition for precision medicine summit

Early September of 2016, the Minority Coalition for Precision Medicine hosted their first annual summit in Baltimore, MD. The summit looked to begin engagement of faith-based organization as well as community activist in the opportunities of precision medicine, also to foster a better understanding among clergy in this new era of medicine.


health ministries network releases project at the white house national microbiome initiative

HMN Founder Michael Friend with CEO of The BioCollective Martha Carlin.

HMN Founder Michael Friend with CEO of The BioCollective Martha Carlin.

In an attempt to uncover new discoveries of how alterations of the micobiome of invidiuals living with Sickle Cell Disease effect their susceptibility of experiencing disease related symptoms the Health Ministries Network, The BioCollective, in collaboration with the University of Chicago and Illumina launched this project at the White House National Microbiome Initiative event held in mid May 2016. Learn more about this project below: https://obamawhitehouse.archives.gov/sites/whitehouse.gov/files/documents/OSTP%20National%20Microbiome%20Initiative%20Fact%20Sheet.pdf



The Health ministries network medicine launches the genome9 - faith & Science project

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The Health Ministries Network, Founded by Michael Friend, a visionary citizen who's dedicated his life to the eradication of Sickle Cell Disease, has developed the "Faith and Science" project that will develop a mechanism to foster meaningful trustworthy relationships between scientist and leaders within the faith based community. To donate and learn more about this project please visit http://GoFundMe.com/FAITHandSCIENCE


 


The Health Ministries Network host a precision medicine summit

In November 2015 the Health Ministries Network hosted a two-day workshop in Baltimore, MD. to educate and engage faith-based leaders in the emerging field of precision medicine. With many guest speakers from various governing agencies, speakers such as Dr. Vence Bonham from the National Human Genome Research Institute of NIH as well as Dr. Jo Handelsman, former Associate Director of The White House Office of Science & Technology Policy. The audience included many special guest attendees like the Rev. Dr. Alfred C.D.Vaughn.



Industry forum for forging community partnerships

The Personal Genetics Education Project of the Department of Genetics at Harvard Medical School convened a two-day workshop to explore strategies for tackling the gap in awareness and conversation about personal genetics between well-served and underserved communities. Learn more about the pgEd project here http://pged.org.


The Minority coalition for precision medicine participate in a White house briefing on precision medicine

In early September of 2015 members of the Minority Coalition for Precision Medicine along with patient activists and community advocates visit The White House for a briefing on precision medicine.