Creating a Family Health History
Frequently Asked Questions
12. Are there any tools I can use to help me create my family health history?
Free print and online tools can help you create a family health history. One tool is 'My Family Health Portrait' from the U.S. Surgeon General. It helps organize your family health history information. The following instructions describe how to use the print and online versions of this tool.
You can download and print out the print version of 'My Family Health Portrait' seen here and use it to record information about your family's health. Once you fill in the information, you can keep it for your records, share the completed form with your health care professional, or share it with family members. You can also refer to it as you enter information into the online version of 'My Family Health Portrait.'
The online version of 'My Family Health Portrait' seen here will organize your information into a chart that resembles a family health history tree. Information that you submit to the online version of 'My Family Health Portrait' stays private. It is not shared with the government or anyone else. It is best to gather information about your family health history beforehand so that you will have it easily available when you need to enter it.
You can also use ‘My Family Health Portrait’ to calculate disease risk based on your family history for certain common disorders like diabetes and colorectal cancer.
You can also just use a blank sheet of paper to draw your own family health portrait.