On June 6-7, 2016, UCSF hosted a Precision Public Health Summit, a partnership with the White House and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, to discuss how precision medicine approaches can be successfully applied in the public health arena to improve population health and equity.
This two-day summit focused on the first 1,000 days, a critically important developmental period in infants and children. Experts from around the country explored how big data can be leveraged to ensure that all children, no matter their circumstance or where they live, have the best opportunity to survive and thrive.
The aim of the summit was to look at ways that vast amounts of data can be used to benefit the health and well-being of larger populations, as well as to decrease health disparities. The speakers at the summit highlighted some of the population health issues precision public health could be used to overcome, including preterm birth, neonatal morbidity, early childhood adversity, and environmental exposures that influence children’s health.