Public Health Genetics Week | Day 1

May 24, 2021
8:00pm Eastern Time
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Join GPB and partnering PBS stations across the country for day one of a multi-day film screening of THE GENE: AN INTIMATE HISTORY, a documentary from Ken Burns and Barak Goodman. Tonight we will show hour one of the film and will discuss the topic of “What is Public Health Genetics?”.

The film screening is a collaboration between the National Coordinating Center for the Regional Genetics Network (NCC) and local PBS stations in celebration of Public Health Genetics Week (May 24-28). Partnering PBS Stations include Alabama Public Television, GPB, KLRN, MPT, South Florida PBS, WCTE, WETA, WQLN, WQPT and WXXI.

Public health genetics applies genetic and genomic information to improve public health and prevent disease. More information about Public Health Genetics Week and this series of interactive online screening events can be found at

Production funding for KEN BURNS PRESENTS THE GENE: AN INTIMATE HISTORY has been provided by Genentech, 23andMe, Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Gray Foundation, American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) & Conquer Cancer Foundation, Judy and Peter Blum Kovler Foundation, Craig and Susan McCaw Foundation, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. The Outreach and Education Partner is National Institutes of Health, National Human Genome Research Institute. Outreach support is provided by Foundation Medicine.

Video Descriptions

PHGW Day 1 Pre-Show Slides

PHGW Day 1

The Gene Film Screening - Hour 1

Hour 1 of THE GENE: AN INTIMATE HISTORY. The four-hour documentary brings vividly to life the story of today’s revolution in medical science through present-day tales of patients and doctors at the forefront of the search for genetic treatments, interwoven with a compelling history of the discoveries that made this possible and the ethical challenges raised by the ability to edit DNA.

60:00 minutes


  • Emmalee Hackshaw

    Director of Community Engagement, Georgia Public Broadcasting

  • Megan Lyon


  • Sylvia Mann, MS, CGC

    Sylvia Mann is a board certified genetic counselor who has worked in the Hawaii Department of Health since 1993. Currently, she is the supervisor of the Genomics Section which includes the genetics, newborn screening, and birth defects programs. Ms. Mann is also the Project Director for the Health Resources and Services Administration funded Western States Regional Genetics Network (WSRGN). The WSRGN includes Alaska, California, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington and seeks to improve genetic services, information, and education for underserved families. To improve access and education, Ms. Mann has been working on increasing the use of telegenetics since 2004. She has also worked to increase the number of racial and ethnic minority students entering genetics professions and supporting practicing minority genetics professionals excel in their career. Ms. Mann chairs the National Coordinating Center for the Regional Genetics Networks Telegenetics Work Group. She also has served on many national, regional, and local committees including the U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Genetics, Health and Society. Ms. Mann received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of British Columbia and her Masters of Science degree in human genetics and genetic counseling from Sarah Lawrence College.

  • Mat Edick, PhD

    Mathew J. Edick, PhD, received his doctorate in cancer pharmacogenomics from the University of Tennessee and completed postdoctoral training at the Van Andel Research Institute and Michigan State University in cancer cell biology. Dr. Edick is currently the Director of the Center for Strategic Health Partnerships at Michigan Public Health Institute. His work brings together diverse stakeholders at the intersection of clinical research and public health to solve issues related to access to healthcare and poor health outcomes for medically underserved communities.

  • Megan Lyon

    Megan Lyon is the Senior Program Manager of the National Coordinating Center for the Regional Genetics Networks (NCC). In this role, Ms. Lyon supports the RGNs and helps develop tools and resources that can be used by healthcare providers to help improve access to genetic services. Ms. Lyon received her Masters of Public Health (MPH) in Health Policy at The George Washington University.

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