© Meharry Medical College. The potential for translational research to improve human health is unprecedented, as the integration of genetic health risks with other data influencing health provides substantial opportunities for improvement. However, how integrating these data sources in a fair, unbiased and appropriate way without reinforcing pre-existing assumptions requires thoughtful implementation. Furthermore, integration of new technologies requires assessment of needs and benefits for the individual balanced with community needs and goals. Thus, examination of values, goals and implicit assumptions through transparent, authentic engagement of individuals and communities is essential.