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Project SHARE Curriculum: Family Health History

Student Health Advocates Redefining Empowerment

Family Health History

Through the Family Health History lesson, students will understand the value of having a family health history. Students will learn interview techniques to gather information about their own family health history. The goal is to help students assess their own risk factors and to make informed decisions


  • Describe the components of a family health history
  • Analyze how knowing one’s family health history can contribute to healthy behavior
  • Demonstrate interview techniques to gather information about students’ family health history


  • Instructor computer and projector
  • Blackboard or Whiteboard
  • Handouts, including a role play activity

National Health Education Standards that Align with the Family Health History Lesson

  • 1.12.4 Analyze how genetics and family history can impact personal health.
  • 2.12.1 Analyze how the family influences the health of individuals.
  • 3.12.2 Use resources from home, school, and community that provide valid health information.
  • 4.12.1 Use skills for communicating effectively with family, peers, and others to enhance health.
  • 7.12.1 Analyze the role of individual responsibility for enhancing health.

National Strategies that Align with the SHARE Curriculum

Healthy People 2020 Objectives

AH-2      Increase the proportion of adolescents who participate in extracurricular and/or out-of-school activities.

AH-3.2   Increase the proportion of parents who attend events and activities in which their adolescents participate.

National Partnership for Action

Goal 1         Awareness - Increase awareness of the significance of health disparities, their impact on the nation, and the actions necessary to improve health outcomes for racial, ethnic, and underserved populations.

Strategy 2:  Develop and support partnerships among public, nonprofit, and private entities to provide a comprehensive infrastructure to increase awareness, drive action, and ensure accountability in efforts to end health disparities and achieve health equity across the lifespan.

Goal 2:        Leadership - Strengthen and broaden leadership for addressing health disparities at all levels.

Strategy 7:  Invest in young people to prepare them to be future leaders and practitioners by actively engaging and including them in the planning and execution of health, wellness and safety initiatives.